A report to be released this week addressing the transportation system encompassing all of Aquidneck Island is expected to include recommendations to improve six modes of transportation.
The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission announced that a public forum to release the study and receive public comments is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at CCRI-Newport.
“The impetus, when the study began in 2009, was both congestion and traffic fatalities that demanded attention,” Aquidneck Island Planning Commission Executive Director Tina Dolen said in a prepared statement. "It grew to address roads, bikeways, bus transit, ferries, railroads and pedestrian walkways. All are scrutinized in the AIPC Multi-Modal Transportation Study, subtitled 'On the move, connecting our communities.'”
AIPC Chairman Richard P. Adams commended the study team. “The plan is the product of two years of hard work by AIPC, project consultants Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, and a fourteen member broad-based technical that included representatives from municipalities, state and federal agencies and civic organizations," Adams said.
Chris Witt, Director of Planning and Communications for the AIPC, stated, “The final plan presents a sustainable vision for Aquidneck Island’s transportation system through recommendations for every mode of travel on the island.”
It describes a transportation vision that positions the island’s communities for continued high quality of life and future economic growth, and it lays out a detailed timetable and cost estimate for implementation to ensure that the vision can be realized, he said. The study is the first of its kind to address transportation solutions for the entire island, including improvements to the Pell Bridge ramps, new bicycle paths and routes, more frequent and reliable bus service, and targeted intersection enhancements, he said.
Local, state and federal experts have been working closely with the AIPC and its consultants (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin – VHB) to ease congestion and create safer travel across the island, according to the AIPC prepared statement.
The forum is expected to be attended by Michael Lewis, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Corey Bobba, Team Leader of the Federal Highway Administration, the Assistant Chief of the Statewide Planning Office, and other state and local elected officials, according to the AIPC news release.
The May 4 meeting at the Community College of Rhode Island in Newport is the final opportunity for the public to comment on a presentation of the plan’s island-changing recommendations, the AIPC statement noted.
AIPC officials also noted that to date, the study also has already engaged more than 3,000 community members through public workshops, postcard surveys and an interactive study website to ensure that the final plan reflects the desires of the island’s residents and commuters.
All public comments received this week will be considered for application in the study’s conclusions, AIPC officials saud.
The final report will be issued by the AIPC in early June.
Public Report Presentation and Final Comment Period, Wednesday, May 4
The final report presentation is scheduled to take place Wednesday in a special forum:
- What: Open House and Refreshments, Formal Presentation of study recommendation, with a public comment period to follow.
- When: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 6 pm- 8 p.m.
- Where: Community College of Rhode Island, One Chafee Boulevard, Newport