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RI News
8:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Police Name Child Killed By RIPTA Bus

The fatal bus accident happened on a busy stretch of Smith Street near downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender

Police have identified the nine-year-old girl fatally struck on Thursday by a public bus in Providence.

According to police, she was third-grader Ani Emdjian. She was walking to school with her father when she was hit, a little before 9 o'clock in the morning. She died at a hospital some time later.

The accident on Smith Street, just blocks from the statehouse, involved a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. Police have now identified the driver as 42-year-old Eric Seaberg of Smithfield. 

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RI News
1:10 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Nine Year Old Girl Fatally Struck By RIPTA Bus In Providence

Smith St. between Fran Conway Place and Holden St. was the site of a fatal bus accident on Thursday.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Police are investigating a fatal accident involving a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. The bus struck and killed a nine-year-old girl in Providence on Thursday morning.

RIPTA says the accident happened on Smith Street at approximately 8:40 a.m., just blocks from the Rhode Island Statehouse. 

A bus traveling away from downtown Providence hit the girl, who was on foot. Police say she died of her injuries. 

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On Politics
2:59 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Bricklayers Union Helps RIPTA Keep Bus Stops Open

Sick of the myth of greedy union members? Here’s some fodder. Turns out that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority  is  thanking members of the international bricklayers union for clearing snow from Providence streets along 40 high-use RIPTA bus stops.

According to a new release, leaders of Local 3 of the International Bricklayers and allied Craftsworkers Union worked with the Rhode Island AFL-CIO to put together the effort to help RIPTA and the public deal with bus stops and shelters that have been covered with ice and snow during this harsh winter.

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Transportation
5:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Massachusetts Public Transit Shutdown Leaves Some Stranded In Rhode Island

People wait for trains and passengers at the Providence train station.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The snow is no longer falling, but transportation remains snarled across much of Southern New England.  Public transit has all but shut down in Boston, leaving commuters and others stranded in Providence.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority halted all commuter train and Subway service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That left riders in Rhode Island with few good options except Amtrak trains, and even those are running on a limited schedule.

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Transportation
3:32 am
Wed February 4, 2015

RIPTA Releases Surveillance Camera Policy

Upgraded security cameras at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. The bus hub has had them since 2001.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, has revealed its policy for security cameras at Kennedy Plaza.  Civil liberties advocates have raised questions about new cameras installed during a renovation of the downtown Providence transit hub.

The authority says's is part of an effort to increase security.  RIPTA says the cameras can only be accessed by the chief of security, and will be deleted after about a month.  

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Politics
9:19 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian To Be Sworn In Tuesday

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian
Credit RIPR FILE

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is being inaugurated Tuesday. The mayor will be taking a RIPTA bus to his inaugural event to highlight the city’s push to become a transportation hub.

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Transportation
7:56 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Renovated Kennedy Plaza Set To Reopen Early Next Year

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, before its renovation.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.  

The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements.  RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes.  The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.  

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Transportation
10:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

RIPTA To Update Public On Kennedy Plaza Reconstruction

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.  There are some outspoken critics of the project.

The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers.   They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time. 

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Transportation
8:19 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Group Calls On RIPTA To Halt Kennedy Plaza Construction

Kennedy Plaza is undergoing a massive reconstruction, which will see several bus stops moved out of the downtown Providence hub.
Credit RIPR FILE

Groups upset over changes to Kennedy Plaza rallied at City Hall in Providence Tuesday.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Riders alliance said proposed changes in bus services are the start of a push to move bus riders out of the central downtown location. Bus stops have moved out of Kennedy Plaza as construction continues, and not all of them will be reinstalled once the project is completed. 

Randall Rose is a spokesperson for the Riders Alliance group, and said moving the hub is a bad idea.

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Local Features
1:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

RIPTA Passengers Adjust To Relocated Bus Stops

Credit Benjamin Bryant

Passengers on The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's buses are doing their best to adjust to recent relocations of bus stops from Kennedy Plaza to other nearby locations. The relocations went into effect Saturday, July 12th. They are expected to last through the rest of the summer while the renovations are completed. RIPTA says the City of Providence is trying to increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways while building a large civic space in the plaza. 

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