5:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Massachusetts Public Transit Shutdown Leaves Some Stranded In Rhode Island

People wait for trains and passengers at the Providence train station.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The snow is no longer falling, but transportation remains snarled across much of Southern New England.  Public transit has all but shut down in Boston, leaving commuters and others stranded in Providence.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority halted all commuter train and Subway service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That left riders in Rhode Island with few good options except Amtrak trains, and even those are running on a limited schedule.

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3:32 am
Wed February 4, 2015

RIPTA Releases Surveillance Camera Policy

Upgraded security cameras at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. The bus hub has had them since 2001.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, has revealed its policy for security cameras at Kennedy Plaza.  Civil liberties advocates have raised questions about new cameras installed during a renovation of the downtown Providence transit hub.

The authority says's is part of an effort to increase security.  RIPTA says the cameras can only be accessed by the chief of security, and will be deleted after about a month.  

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9:19 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian To Be Sworn In Tuesday

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is being inaugurated Tuesday. The mayor will be taking a RIPTA bus to his inaugural event to highlight the city’s push to become a transportation hub.

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7:56 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Renovated Kennedy Plaza Set To Reopen Early Next Year

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, before its renovation.

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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10:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

RIPTA To Update Public On Kennedy Plaza Reconstruction

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.  There are some outspoken critics of the project.

The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers.   They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time. 

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