RIPTA announces layoffs, hirings

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says it's letting go of some employees and creating new positions as a way to be serve its riders. RIPTA says it will cut about 30 non-transportation positions early next year. It will then hire more than 20 drivers by April to keep up with the demand for bus service. RIPTA is looking at a $4.6 million budget gap, and says the $2 fare is already one of the highest in the country. Earlier this year, RIPTA's board backed away from a cost-cutting proposal that would have ended bus service at 10 pm and eliminated dozens of routes.

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