The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is in a period of change Monday morning, RIPTA board chair and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedesian will outline some of the changes coming this year. The changes are aimed at making the state’s bus system more efficient and cost effective.
The Bus Stop Realignment Project launches this summer. It will consolidate bus stops statewide. The thinking is that fewer stops equal faster buses that can operate on a more reliable schedule.
Also this summer, work will be completed on a new roof and solar panel project for RIPTA headquarters on Melrose Street. The Authority expects to save 30-thousand dollars a year as a user of solar energy.
New bus schedules will be coming out this fall. RIPTA says they will be easier to understand and include easy-to-read timetables.
This winter, RIPTA launches the R-Line. Running from the Providence/Cranston line along Broad Street to Kennedy Plaza and then to Pawtucket, it’s RIPTA’s highest ridership corridor, with 10-thousand passengers per weekday. The R-Line is getting 25 new shelters, seven ticket-vending machines, enhanced signage and bike racks.
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