Advocates for the disabled speak out against RIPTA cuts

Providence, R.I. – Advocates for the disabled say they are concerned about proposed cuts to RIPTA bus service. Among the potential changes is the elimination of 14 of 56 holiday runs.

Lorna Ricci, executive director of the Ocean State Center for Independent Living says reductions in public transportation can have a major effect on a disabled person's mobility.

"Taking part in part-time jobs or volunteering," Ricci says. "These are the kinds of things that might be done on the off hours, those routes that are now on the chopping block."

The RIPTA boards meets today at its headquarters at 1:30. Officials will discuss the proposed change and possibly vote on them.

The changes are being weighed in light of a budget deficit.