RIPTA 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 Fung Wants to Consider Privatizing RIPTA & RI Resource Recovery <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:32:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 30064 at New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation are planning to inspect an abandoned train tunnel in Providence to see how it could be used in the future. The tunnel was built in 1906 connecting the Seekonk River to the Providence River.</p><p></p><p>Gov. Chafee said he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis said there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:53:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 22082 at New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works Transportation: A Big Challenge for Those With Dementia <p>Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts toured the state with an all-volunteer work group for a number of listening sessions to get a better sense of what’s available to those suffering from dementia and their caregivers. They also wanted to hear about what more can be done to help residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:38:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 21366 at Artwork Coming to RIPTA Shelters <p>The City of Providence is teaming with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to spruce up 17 bus shelters along 2 major bus routes.&nbsp; City art, tourism and planning officials will search for artists and artist groups with experience in public art design.&nbsp;</p><p>Artists are asked to generate concepts based on North Main Street’s history or Broad Street’s multicultural heritage.&nbsp; Besides these renovations, the city states that the “artwork will reflect the unique characteristics of the neighborhoods along each route.”</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:27:18 +0000 Talia Ghazal 17109 at RIPTA Rolls Out Big Changes for a Faster Ride <p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is planning some big changes.&nbsp; RIPTA board chair Scott Avedisian outlined them at a press conference Monday morning.</p><p>Starting this summer, Rhode Island will have fewer bus stops. RIPTA chairman and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said some bus stops will be removed to make service faster.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:37:18 +0000 Flo Jonic 16662 at RIPTA Rolls Out Big Changes for a Faster Ride RIPTA Making It Easier For PawSox Fans On Sundays <p></p><p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is trying something new to make it easier for PawSox fans to get to McCoy Stadium. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 19:00:05 +0000 Don Borman 15211 at RIPTA Making It Easier For PawSox Fans On Sundays Can RI keep Superman Building from going dark? <p>Providence already has too many underused office buildings. RI political analyst Scott MacKay on what can be done to prevent the Superman building from going dark.</p><p>Maybe you were driving home from a night Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox game. Or perhaps you visited friends in Boston or were returning from summer vacation on a lake in Vermont or New Hampshire.</p><p>Driving down Route 95, at the crest of a hill near the Attleboros, you see the blue beacon beckoning you home from atop the Industrial Trust Building in Providence, known universally in Rhode Island as the Superman Building.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:45:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 14645 at The Bottom Line: Creating a Smarter RIPTA <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, also RIPTA chairman. The segment centers on proposals to move bus lines out of Kennedy Plaza and to restructure RIPTA lines across the state.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:48:34 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 13860 at The Bottom Line: Creating a Smarter RIPTA Kennedy Plaza May Soon Get New Look <p></p><p>A plan to fill Kennedy Plaza in Providence with a mix of pedestrian-friendly activities will be announced Thursday evening.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:58:35 +0000 Ian Donnis 13763 at Kennedy Plaza May Soon Get New Look