The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is planning some big changes. RIPTA board chair Scott Avedisian outlined them at a press conference Monday morning.
Starting this summer, Rhode Island will have fewer bus stops. RIPTA chairman and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said some bus stops will be removed to make service faster.
“The rider experience will get better because you won’t be spending as much time on a bus. You won’t be spending as much time waiting for a bus,” said Avedisian. “The schedules are going to be more clock-faced so that you will have dependability in where you’re looking at when you’re getting on a bus and when you’re getting off a bus.”
Later this year, RIPTA will roll out its new “R” Line. The “R” stands for “rapid.” The line, which runs from Cranston to Pawtucket, is the state’s most heavily trafficked, carrying some 10,000 passengers every weekday. The R-Line will feature 25 new shelters, seven ticket vending machines, bike racks and improved signage.
RIPTA’S New CEO
Meanwhile, Avedisian said he is pleased with the performance of his new CEO.
Ray Studley, a former colonel with the state police, took over the helm of the state bus system last month. He replaces Charles Odimgbe who stepped down earlier this year after being placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons. Avedisian said Studley is exactly what the transit system needs.
“He has been a breath of fresh air. We have made huge, huge progress in the six months or so that he has been either partially in charge or now fully in charge,” said Avedisian.
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