Sobering housing report outlines challenges for R.I. renters with extremely low incomes

BY: - March 17, 2023

About 60% of Rhode Island renters are severely cost-burdened, spending over half their income on housing, according to a report released Thursday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes” found that a housing supply shortage was the main contributor to the state’s crisis, with only 27,547 homes available […]

Another one rides the bus: Commuter transit returning to Foster

BY: - March 17, 2023

Since 2006, if residents from the rural town of Foster wanted to rely on public transit to get to Providence, they’d have to travel to nearby Scituate in order to catch a ride. “[Having the bus is] a resource for a town which is otherwise pretty much shut off from civilization,” said Republican House Minority […]

NOAA to open $150M marine research base in Newport

BY: - March 16, 2023

A federal marine operations and research base is shipping off to Aquidneck Island. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on Wednesday announced that the government was finalizing plans to relocate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Operations Center from Norfolk, Virginia, to Newport Naval Station. The $150 million project will bring about 200 jobs to […]

A toll booth on the Pell Bridge.

Turnpike & Bridge Authority moves to prevent incorrect plate violations

BY: - March 16, 2023

More Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority staff will have access to Department of Motor Vehicles software to resolve toll violations charged to wrong vehicles

Bus passing through downtown Providence

Looking for labor: RIPTA struggles to recruit new drivers

BY: - March 15, 2023

Candy, little pink paper hearts and job postings were displayed on a table on Valentine’s Day at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s Elmwood Avenue headquarters, waiting for the public to come. Only eight people did over the four hours the agency held its monthly career fair, officials said. The event was advertised on RIPTA’s […]

An overhead shot of the Route 6/10 interchange under construction.

Sentencing delayed for former 6/10 construction project supervisor

BY: - March 15, 2023

The sentencing of a former superintendent of the state’s ongoing $410 million Route 6/10 renovations will have to wait another day, a spokesperson for the U.S. Justice Department said. A department spokesperson said no new sentencing date had been scheduled for Dennis Ferreira, a former employee of Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., a Massachusetts company responsible […]

An entrance sign for the Breeze Airways check-in counter at T.F. Green.

$3.5 million in renovations coming to T.F. Green for Breeze expansion

BY: - March 15, 2023

WARWICK —  The corporation that operates Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport will reimburse Breeze Airways $3.5 million to expand its base of operations and create the first permanent hub in the airport’s history. The Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s (RIAC) board of directors unanimously approved the funding March 9 to allow the airliner to pay […]