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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.