Hearing in Tiverton to consider RIPTA bus service

Mar 18, 2013

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will hold a hearing Monday on restoring bus service to Tiverton.  Tiverton hasn’t had bus service in nearly five years. It was suspended when weight limits were placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

State Representative John Edwards says now that the bridge has been rebuilt and reopened, it’s time to bring back the buses. "They like the service. They want to be able to work on the bus. They don’t have to worry about traffic . They don’t have to worry about parking. It’s a service that’s provided everywhere else in the state. So Tiverton shouldn’t be excluded."

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He’s encouraging all residents to turn out to show how much they want bus service to be restored. "My concern is that Tiverton has been cut off from the state due to a complete lack of service. We have people who pay their gas tax. My constituents have been paying their fair share and we’re not getting any services back in return. And RIPTA needs to step up and return service back to Tiverton now that the bridge is intact."

Monday night’s hearing begins at seven o’clock at Tiverton Town Hall.

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