Streetcars or funding for village?

MOVING FORWARD: A rendering showing proposed streetcars in downtown Providence. The line would connect upper South Providence to College Hill. / COURTESY STUDIO AMDT
MOVING FORWARD: A rendering showing proposed streetcars in downtown Providence. The line would connect upper South Providence to College Hill. / COURTESY STUDIO AMDT
Federal transportation officials will settle Rhode Island’s latest city-versus-suburbs infrastructure debate. On one side is the city of Providence, which is asking for $39 million in federal help to build a streetcar line from College Hill to the hospitals in upper South Providence. On the other side is the R.I. Department of Transportation, which is…

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  1. It’s a misrepresentation to say that the current traffic configuration in Apponaug only appeared following the construction of the Post Road Extension. The current one-way configuration of mostly four lane roads that encircle the village existed long before the Post Road Extension was built.

    Questions that should have been asked in the interview, are “Has Warwick changed its zoning within the village area to allow/encourage high density development?” and “How many permanent jobs are anticipated to be created and how many years will it take to create them following the construction of this road system?” The same questions could be asked of the City of Providence with the streetcar application. Though it’s likely that the impact in Providence would be much greater than Apponaug.