Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo wants to spend $10 million to add emission-free buses to the state's public transit authority. 

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is conducting a survey to better plan for future route or fare changes. The survey includes questions about customers’ riding habits, as well as their reasons for using the service.

RIPTA spokeswoman Barbara Polichetti said they already know how many people board buses, but that’s just one portion of the data. Through the surveys, RIPTA hopes to acquire more detailed information about their riders.

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  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority board is set to vote Monday on a controversial new proposal that would eliminate no-fare passes for some rides. The issue has faced vocal opposition.

Currently, seniors and some people with disabilities qualify for free bus services through RIPTA. Under the proposed change, those currently eligible for the free passes would have to pay half fare, or one dollar.

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority holds its last series of public meetings Monday and Tuesday to discuss potential changes in fares.

RIPTA will host the listening sessions in Newport, Providence, Pawtucket and Warwick on Monday and Tuesday. RIPTA officials say this is the first comprehensive study of all the authority’s fare offerings.

RIPTA Spokesperson Barbara Polichetti said this is also an opportunity to look at possible changes in how customers obtain tickets.

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Providence police have concluded their investigation into a public bus accident that resulted in the death of a nine-year old girl.  Investigators do not believe the accident was the result of operator error by the bus driver.

                                  

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.  

The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements.  RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes.  The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.  

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority honored Rosa Parks Monday.  Parks helped end legal segregation, by refusing to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama 59 years ago today.

RIPTA Rolls Out Big Changes for a Faster Ride

Jun 10, 2013
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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. 

Several RIPTA routes detoured days after the storm

Feb 14, 2013
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is still detouring 12 of its bus routes due to the aftermath of last weekend’s snow storm.  On its website RIPTA says the affected routes will remain detoured until further notice.
You can see the latest information provided by RIPTA here. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jan 30, 2013

Things are better in Providence, but there is still work to be done. Ousted head of RIPTA, Charles Odimgbe gets $130,000 as part of a severance package.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.


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Support for ousted RIPTA head

Jan 30, 2013
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The anti urban sprawl group “Grow Smart Rhode Island” is coming to the support of Charles Odimgbe, the man who was ousted as head of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority  has severed ties with its CEO.  Charles Odimgbe  has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.

According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and  RIPTA, Odimgbe’s  last day with the agency was December 27th.  He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.

Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.

Odimgbe out as RIPTA's CEO

Jan 29, 2013
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The head of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is out five months after he was placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

Charles Odimgbe has severed his relationship with RIPTA, according to a tersely written press release issued by the transit authority’s board.  The decision to end his employment was mutual, according to the statement.