Fellow Cranstonite Andre Araujo has a Letter to the Editor in the Projo. Unfortunately, they got his name wrong (called him Andrew), but the letter still stands as a strong call to action for how to develop better mass transit in the Ocean State:
Oil prices are set by supply and demand on the world market. We cannot adjust supply but we can change demand by changing our habits and becoming energy-efficient. A great inefficiency is our commuting habits. Every day, millions of us sit idly and alone in our cars in highway traffic going back and forth to work.
Before this country was an automobile culture, it was a rail one. The rails connected the coasts making America a continental nation and streetcars dominated the cities. The automobile and cheap gas ended that era in America but when one travels to Europe, one is pleasantly surprised by the ease and reach of rail.
What this state needs is a mass-transit system. We have buses but they are impracticable for too many. What is required is a rail service connecting Providence to cities as far as Newport, Narragansett, Woonsocket and Westerly.
The time is now that we should demand from our leaders that we have a solution to our economic and environmental problems caused by oil and one of those solutions is a fast, reliable and efficient statewide mass-transit system.