From the Transportation Advisory Committee
STATE PLANNING COUNCIL
TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
State Transportation Improvement Program
Major Amendment #11
The State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is accepting comments on a proposed Major Amendment, classified as Amendment #11, to the FFY 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the State of Rhode Island.
The Major Amendment has been requested by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). RIDOT’s Amendment request proposes to significantly redistribute funding to projects to cover increased construction costs, funding reductions, and align the program with Bridge and Pavement asset management priorities. The proposed changes affect several STIP program areas, including: Bridge, Traffic Safety, Transit and Pavement Capital; Bridge, Drainage, Traffic and Pavement Maintenance, Headquarters, Maintenance and Transit Operations; Planning – Program Development; and Transportation Alternatives (click here to see a summary of proposed changes to the Transportation Alternatives Program). RIPTA has requested changes to support new projects, including the Quonset Bulkhead Installation, and account for grants awarded to continue its pilot Electric Bus program, modernize the Chafee Maintenance Facility, and upgrade the East Side Bus Tunnel. Other changes proposed by RIPTA align with shifting project timelines and the obligation of federal funds programmed in a given fiscal year. RIPTA programs that would be affected include Mobility & Innovation, Rolling Stock, Stops-Stations & Terminals, Transit Corridors, and Transit Operations Service & Support.
The proposed amendment is available for review at www.planning.ri.gov or at the R.I. Division of Statewide Planning’s Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy may also be obtained by calling (401) 222-2177.
The TAC will be conducting two (2) public hearings to accept comments on the proposed Major Amendment #11. The Public hearings will take place on:
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Narragansett Town Hall – Council Chambers
25 Fifth Avenue
Narragansett, RI 02882
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
RI Department of Administration
One Capitol Hill, Providence RI 02908
Conference Room A, 2nd Floor
All persons may present their views on this Major Amendment in person or through a representative at the TAC meeting referenced above. Written statements may also be filed with the Secretary of the Transportation Advisory Committee and mailed to Michael D’Alessandro, RI Dept. of Administration, Division of Statewide Planning, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908 or email to Michael.DAlessandro@doa.ri.gov. All comments on the STIP Amendment must be received prior to or during the TAC’s meeting on February 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
The public meeting location is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Any individual requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should contact Thomas Mannock, Ph.D. at 401-222-6377 (voice) as soon as possible. Individuals requesting foreign language translation services should contact Mr. Benny Bergantino at (401) 222-1755 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled start of a meeting. Public transit schedule information for the workshops is available from RIPTA at (401) 781-9400 or www.ripta.com
Linsey J. Callaghan
Secretary, Transportation Advisory Committee
January 25, 2019