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Wed April 6, 2011
Review and new board members ahead for RIPTA
By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered a top to bottom review of RIPTA, the state's public transit agency.
Chafee wants a study done on where RIPTA bus riders are going and if the service offered matches their needs.
He will also appoint four new members of the RIPTA board in the coming weeks, according to his senior adviser, Stephen Hourahan.
One of the new appointees will replace board chairman John Rupp who tendered his resignation Tuesday when it became clear he would not be reappointed. Rupp says his request for reappointment was ignored for several weeks.
"We asked Governor Chafee to be re-nominated and did not hear much from his office. I did request a couple of meetings with him to see what he envisioned for mass transit. Never did receive a response," says Rupp.
Rupp says the state needs to find a new revenue stream for RIPTA if the agency is to thrive. Right now it's funded by a gas tax, which brings provides less revenue just when it's needed most: when people trade their cars for a bus ride to the office.
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