RIPTA hikes basic fare by a quarter

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority has approved a bus fare hike in an attempt to close a $3.7 million budget deficit.

RIPTA's board on Wednesday approved a measure that will raise the basic fares by 25 cents to $2. The increase is expected to bring in about $1.2 million annually. The new fares take effect on Sept. 1.

The board did not take any action of service cut proposals after hearing from groups representing the elderly and disabled.

RIPTA Assistant General Manager Mark Therrien says riders made it clear that they preferred fare hikes to service cuts.