Transportation Alternatives Program Cuts
As of Friday, February 22, RIDOT has withdrawn State Transportation Improvement Program Major Amendment #11, which proposed funding cuts to the Transportation Alternatives Program. More info here.
In light of this development, the public meetings on February 25 and 28 have been CANCELLED.
Please check ribike.org for more on this developing issue.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has proposed a 33% cut to funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program. You can read more about this issue here.
PPS is concerned about this transfer of funding from the TAP program to new paving projects outside the City because of the implications for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. Projects that would improve the quality of life for residents of Providence will be delayed or cancelled. As the Rails to Trails Conservancy stated, this “would slash critical funding needed for 35 projects across the state…that have been planned for years or even decades and are priorities for local communities.” We are particularly concerned about delayed or cancelled funding for CityWalk and the Woonasquatucket River/Promenade corridor, and loss of funds that are used to match federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the City of Providence.
Read PPS’s Board of Trustees Resolution here.
Your voice matters. As a Rhode Islander who cares about biking and walking infrastructure, you can help save this $27 million for alternative transportation projects.
Make your voice heard TODAY and call the Governor NOW to tell her why you oppose STIP Major Amendment 11.
- Dial (401) 222-2080
- Choose whether you want to speak to a person or leave a message. Either option is fine, but it’s slightly better to speak to someone because then your message is delivered in real-time. (If you call after 5pm, you will only be able to leave a message.)
- Deliver your message. Use the script below or create your own message. Make sure to say your name and your town or city.
- Will you help us get more calls? It’s easy, just ask a friend to make a call, or post about your phone call on your social media accounts with the Governor’s number.
- Send written comment to the Transportation Advisory Committee opposing the amendment and speak at one of the Public Hearings on February 25 or February 28. Details Below.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT: Hello, my name is ____[name]____ and I live in ____[city/town]_____. I am calling because I oppose State Transportation Improvement Program Major Amendment 11, which would shift $27 million away from the Transportation Alternatives Program. [I/Rhode Island voters] recently and overwhelmingly approved bond money to increase investment in bicycle infrastructure. This proposal to cut funding for bike projects is counter to what Rhode Islanders have asked for with the passage of the 2018 Green Economy Bond. Investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure would improve our quality of life and enable residents across a broad economic spectrum to immediately take more trips by bicycle and by foot and fewer by car, reducing the carbon footprint of our state quickly and cost-effectively. Taking funding away from biking and walking projects risks the safety, health, and well-being of all Rhode Islanders. Thank you.
Our friends at the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition have also released a step-by-step guide to making your voice heard about this plan to cut money from bicycle and pedestrian projects in Rhode Island.
1) Read the proposed amendment. It is quite long, but it is useful to familiarize yourself. Pages 5-8 summarize the proposed changes in an easy-to-read chart.
2) Read RIBike’s press release.
3) Send your comments in writing to the Secretary of the Transportation Advisory Committee, Michael D’Alessandro. Sample letter here.
Secretary of the Transportation Advisory Committee,
RI Dept. of Administration, Division of Statewide Planning
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
All comments on the Amendment must be received prior to or during the TAC’s meeting on February 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
4) Contact Governor Gina Raimondo, your state senator and representative and tell them this is unacceptable. RI Bike has prepared a document with information for you to use in your letters, including a draft letter. Pick an issue or two that you care about to focus on.
To find your elected officials, go to https://vote.sos.ri.gov, click on “find your elected officials”, enter your home address and click “continue”.
5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 as much as you can.
6) Attend and plan to speak at one of the public meetings being held by the TAC about this amendment.
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
7) Share this information with your friends and family & ask them to do the same.