Is the state moving fast enough to expand public transit and bicycle paths?

PUBLIC TRANSIT and biking advocates say the state isn’t moving fast enough to find funding for a host of long-range projects approved two years ago. Pictured are buses in Kennedy Plaza in Providence. PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Public transit and biking advocates are pressing state transportation officials to start implementing long-range plans to move away from auto dependency.

During a Nov. 17 state Transportation Advisory Committee meeting, several speakers complained that long-range plans approved two years ago to expand public transit and bicycle networks statewide are collecting dust.

One plan calls for doubling the operating budgets of the R.I. Public Transit Agency and the R.I. Department of Transportation for more buses and trains, including a new electric light rail.

Another calls for hundreds of miles of new shared-use paths and buffered bicycle lanes.

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But funding sources are uncertain for both.

Is the state moving fast enough to expand public transit and bicycle paths?

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