Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark talk with Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, also RIPTA chairman. The segment centers on proposals to move bus lines out of Kennedy Plaza and to restructure RIPTA lines across the state.
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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
A plan to fill Kennedy Plaza in Providence with a mix of pedestrian-friendly activities will be announced Thursday evening.
The effort to populate Kennedy Plaza with more people is being led by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. The group’s head, Cliff Wood, said it will take time and a mix of millions of dollars in public and private money to reach the goal. The vision is to fill Kennedy Plaza with a variety of uses, like transit, shopping, socializing, concerts, a beer garden and children’s programs.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will hold a hearing Monday on restoring bus service to Tiverton. Tiverton hasn’t had bus service in nearly five years. It was suspended when weight limits were placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is considering changes to its bus service and wants the public to weigh in. The transit authority is considering two alternatives to how it’s running now.
RIPTA marketing director Amy Pettine says the changes won’t add costs to running the transit system, but could expand service in some much-needed parts of the state. She says this includes a new route proposed for Woonsocket and better coordination with commuter rail.
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.