City planners will be convening a special workshop next week to solicit input for the City’s first comprehensive Transportation Master Plan.

Residents, business owners, and visitors alike are invited to help “Keep Newport Moving” during an interactive workshop scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Innovate Newport.

The workshop is designed to find out how Newporters and visitors feel about topics such as parking, traffic, public transit and ridesharing, accessibility opportunities, and active mobility options.

The City says that information gleaned from the workshop, as well as an online survey currently being conducted at www.CityofNewport.com/KeepNewportMoving, will be used to help guide the development of a formal RFP expected to be issued in the coming months.

In addition to assessing the City’s existing transportation infrastructure, the Transportation Master Plan will also provide an opportunity for the community to establish a shared vision to equitably address the transportation challenges facing the City, as well as to set achievable and measurable goals that will shape Newport’s long-term mobility strategy and inform future development.

As a companion document to the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the City says public engagement is critical to the process and will be a key factor in determining the success of the final proposal.

For more information about the Transportation Master Plan and information on how you can help Keep Newport Moving be sure to visit the City’s website at www.CityofNewport.com/KeepNewportMoving.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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