Photo: Gus LeSaffre on Sakonnet Bridge Bike Lane / by David Hansen, Newport Daily News
The Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is the list of transportation projects that the state intends to implement. It is overseen by Rhode Island’s federally-mandated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – the State Planning Council.
Here’s what we can so far expect from both documents:
The RIDOT Ten Year Plan
RIDOT’s Ten Year Plan makes recommendations for priority projects and budgets. The Plan provides scenarios both with and without Rhode Works, the proposed funding plan that introduces truck tolls, specifically to increase funds for bridge repairs.
The Ten Year Plan is asset management focused, and dedicates early funds to urgent bridge repairs in response to the severely compromised condition of the state’s bridges.
With the limited exception of bridges that include both bikes and cars, the Ten Year Plan addresses bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in two general line items –
$129.7M is budgeted for Transportation Alternatives that include bike, pedestrian, Safe Routes to School, recreational trails, and retrofit sidewalks to meet ADA requirements.
$5M is recommended for incentives to choose transportation alternatives such as transit passes, vanpools, bike opportunities, and employer incentives.
The TIP (Transportation Improvement Plan)
The current TIP for years 2013-2016, expires in September 2016.
The next TIP will serve years 2017-2025, with proposed annual reviews and updates.
The invitation to submit applications for the next TIP will be released soon.
Applicants will be alerted as to which projects from the prior TIP have been resubmitted by RIDOT and which projects will need to be resubmitted by an applicant.
As no bike projects are specifically detailed in RIDOT’s Ten Year Plan and therefore are not resubmitted by RIDOT, all bike projects from the previous TIP will have to be resubmitted by the applicants, even if they were identified as high priority.
Applicants will receive guidance in public workshops and from staff at the Statewide Planning Program.
Each applicant organization and/or community will RANK priorities for their municipal area, including RIDOT’s recommended projects, along with the new and resubmitted projects included in their application.
There will be a public process to review all projects submitted.
Bari Freeman, Bike Newport’s Executive Director, is a member of the state’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), a key advisory group participating in the development of the TIP. She has requested that the RESUBMIT process be spelled out very specifically in all correspondence and in the Application Guide so all stakeholders are fully aware that bicycle infrastructure projects from the previous TIP must be resubmitted.
Again, the Ten Year Plan can be viewed, downloaded, and searched HERE.
On Friday, May 23rd, at the Power of Place Summit at the RI Convention Center in Providence, Bike Newport was honored with the 2014 award for Outstanding Leadership in Smart Growth, presented by Grow Smart RI. We were joined by our partners and supporters to accept the award. Shown here: (l-r) Scott Wolf, Executive Director of Grow Smart RI; Bari Freeman, Executive Director of Bike Newport; Deanna Casey, Board Chair Bike Newport; Guillaume de Ramel, Frederick H. Prince Memorial Fund; Bill Riccio, City of Newport Director of Public Services; Despina Metakos, RIDOT Highway Safety; Francisco Lovera, RIDOT Highway Safety; and Dennis DiPrete, Board Member of Grow Smart RI and owner of DiPrete Engineering, who presented the award to Bike Newport. Also on hand to share our special moment and cheer us on were Bike Newport staff members Liza Burkin and Mark Chesterton; Board Member Dawn Euer; Elizabeth Lynn and Barbara van Beuren of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation; and John Martin of AARP-RI. It was a wonderful day and delightful recognition of the importance of bicycling as an indicator and driver of quality of life, quality of place, and smart urban growth. Progress all around!
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