air quality en RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days <p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will no longer offer free bus rides on days with poor air quality. RIPTA is ending the program, because the agency doesn’t have money to support it this year.</p><p>RIPTA has offered free rides on days with poor air quality since 1995, according to Amy Pettine, the agency’s director of planning and marketing. It has been a longtime partner with the departments of health, transportation, and environmental management in issuing alerts for poor air quality days.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:25:22 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 30312 at RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion <p>Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.</p><p>Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:20:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 24320 at