The Chamber’s Transportation Committee heard from former Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA, at their January 31 meeting.
Avedisian reviewed several projects underway to improve Rhode Island’s public transportation system.
- RIPTA carries 58,000 passengers a day and 1.7 million a year
- Thirty percent of those trips are job-related
- One-quarter of the passengers are under the age of 18
- One-half are under the age of 35
Several projects underway include the Downtown Transit Corridor, a project that involves bus only lanes from Rhode Island Hospital with stops throughout the Jewelry District and ending at the Amtrak Train Station. The buses will run every 5 minutes with the waiting stations equipped with Wi-Fi and large screens announcing the wait times before the next buses arrive. Another project is Kennedy Plaza where the goal is to reduce RIPTA’s footprint in the Plaza. Improvements such as bi-directional lanes on Washington Street have already been completed.
Also, updates to fare technology have been made. Service to Quonset Business Park has begun on a pilot basis and is being offered free of charge until April. Another pilot program starting in March is the addition of autonomous buses servicing the Olneyville section of Providence.
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The next meeting of the Transportation Committee will be on May 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Anyone interested in participating in the Committee is encouraged to contact Janet Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org