The project is administered by the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) working in close partnership with its member communities of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth and with other local, state and federal agencies. This 24-month study will result in the development of a Comprehensive Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan for Aquidneck Island. The Master Plan will guide the investment of future funding into the Island's overall transportation system through a program of recommended short, medium, and long-term capital improvements suitable for inclusion into the State of Rhode Island Transportation Improvement Program. This project is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program.
This project is critically important to the future economic viability and quality of life on Aquidneck Island. It will reach across all modes of transportation (bus, rail, bike, pedestrian, auto, etc.) and seek to make modal connections and improvements consistent with sound land use planning - all in an effort to increase overall mobility, modal choice, and safety for our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors while decreasing traffic congestion and its negative impacts on our environment, economy and quality of life. The study will draw upon previous studies in the area.
The study will include recommendations to:
- Increase the efficiency along Aquidneck Island arterials, roads and connectors
- Identify access management techniques that manage vehicular circulation among adjacent land uses
- Strengthen land-use policies to manage future growth and traffic volumes
- Determine multi- and intermodal alternatives throughout Aquidneck Island