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The City of Newport has released the first in a series of findings in its comprehensive Transportation Master Plan process.

Launched in the summer of 2021, the City’s Transportation Master Plan, aims to establish a collective vision to make it safer and easier for residents and visitors to navigate Newport’s streets and sidewalks.

On Wednesday, the City published the Keep Newport Moving Existing Conditions Report, which details Newport’s current transportation makeup and identifies core challenges that will serve as a foundation for the next phase of the master plan’s development.

In addition to establishing goals, the Existing Conditions Report catalogs the history of Newport transportation and the transportation conditions in Newport today. This information will inform the recommendations created in the next phase of KeepNewportMoving’s development.

The report summarizes:  

•       Public and stakeholder comments (Section 2),  

•       The effect of climate change on Newport’s transportation infrastructure (Section 3),  

•       The experience of people walking, biking, driving, and taking the bus in Newport (Sections 4,5,6, and 7),   

•       The movement of goods and services around Newport (Section 8)  

•       And the signage that currently organizes the City’s transportation systems (Section 9).   

The report was compiled using both empirical data as well as direct feedback from residents, visitors, and key stakeholders. 

In all, between July and October of 2021, the City of Newport collected public comments from several hundred individuals concerning Newport’s transportation systems through an online, interactive map; stakeholder interviews; and numerous pop up events throughout Newport. This outreach totaled over 700 interactions and in-person participation by over 200 people.  

In addition to asking people to share specific comments about their experiences walking, biking, driving, taking transit, and boating in Newport, participants were asked about their goals for the future of transportation in Newport. 

 Currently, the project team and City staff are developing a series of recommendations that will be reviewed by the public and stakeholders beginning in April through a similar series of digital and in-person events throughout the spring of 2022. 

The final plan will be published in early fall 2022. 

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He 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.

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

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

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

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.