Bus

RIPTA receives $1.6M in Sandy funds

Posted on March 21, 2014

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) received $1,602,000  in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding to help cover costs of rebuilding and strengthening infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  

RIPTA will use the funds to improve passenger protection and reduce flooding at the Newport Gateway Center, one of the agency’s major transit hubs. The facility’s tent-like sails, which were designed to protect riders from sun and rain, were severely damaged by the superstorm in October 2012.

RIPTA is partnering on this project with the City of Newport and the facility’s long-term tenant, Discover Newport.  The tourism agency has already contributed conceptual drawings to the project at their own cost, in an attempt to facilitate design changes for a hurricane and flood resistant construction. RIPTA, Discover Newport, and the City of Newport will work with local partners to form a design review committee that will be used to provide feedback during the design process while keeping the community’s goals in mind.

The project has two components. First, funds will be used to replace the current passenger protection with pavilions that can withstand hurricane-force winds. Second, the project includes the cost of replacing concrete passenger waiting areas with permeable pavers and landscaping, reducing the impermeable surface by 50%; this will reduce storm water runoff volumes and also improve water quality.

As demonstrated by Hurricane Sandy, restoring sewers and water can be the most costly and time-consuming part of getting back to business after a storm. The City of Newport has committed to provide the 10% match, or $178,000, for the entire project.

The Newport Gateway Center is an intermodal facility that houses the Newport Visitor's Center, customer parking, bus berths, bicycle facilities, and taxi stands. The bus berths are used by RIPTA, intercity carriers such as Peter Pan, tourist trolleys, and cruise ship shuttles connecting cruise passengers to the visitor center.

Historically, Newport Gateway was the location of the train depot, and it is located adjacent to the community's rail line (currently only operating for local tourism). It is within walking distance of Newport harbor’s many sailing vessels.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

FTA confirmed to speak on new bus testing rule, more at BusCon 2016

A Transit Maintenance Forum pass is $98 and includes the forum as well as access to BusCon’s full educational program, the exhibit hall full of buses, networking event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and much more.

Forest River ranks Top 3 Spots in Ford's top volume accounts

Starcraft Bus, Elkhart Coach and Glaval Bus finished first, second and third, respectively.

Tripling of insurance premiums confronts bus drivers in labor dispute

The cost of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan coverage for The Rapid drivers is proposed to spike 49 percent Oct. 1, pushing up monthly premiums for family coverage by $669.

CapMetro plan would nearly triple high-frequency routes

The changes recommended in the Connections 2025 draft plan would be implemented in phases over the next 10 years.

French bus operator becomes first in Europe to accept Bitcoin

Isilines, a new long-distance passenger transport division of Transdev Group, has been using Bitcoin as a method of payment alongside traditional credit card payments on its website since early August.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close