Topic : Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

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RIPTA selects next CEO

Management & Operations| April 26, 2018

Scott Avedisian, who has served as Mayor of Warwick since 2000, was chair of the RIPTA board from 2012 to 2016.

RIPTA partners with INIT for electronic fare management project

Technology| February 7, 2018

Once implemented, RIPTA passengers will be able to pay fares by simply tapping their card or mobile device on a validator.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority CEO to leave post

Raymond Studley announced that he will not seek renewal of his contract to lead the agency.

Accessibility| December 15, 2015

RIPTA board votes to end free bus passes for elderly, disabled

The RIPTA board voted unanimously to begin charging holders of passes for elderly and disabled — who now ride free — 50 cents per ride starting July 1.

Bus| March 21, 2014

RIPTA receives $1.6M in Sandy funds

Will use the funds to improve passenger protection and reduce flooding at the Newport Gateway Center, one of the agency’s major transit hubs. The facility’s tent-like sails, which were designed to protect riders from sun and rain, were severely damaged by the superstorm in October 2012.
Bus| June 11, 2013

RIPTA to introduce BRT, bus tracking

The R-Line is RIPTA’s first Rapid Bus Route scheduled to begin service in January of 2014.
Accessibility| September 11, 2012

RIPTA halts fleet paint job plans amid cost concerns

Embattled CEO Charles Odimgbe, who was placed on administrative leave last month while the agency's finances are being investigated, ordered the new color scheme, but did not seek the approval of the agency’s board of directors, a RIPTA spokesperson said.
Bus| August 30, 2012

RIPTA CEO placed on leave during security probe

Officials said that the decision was made so state police could complete the review of the agency more effectively. The review stems from an incident in which someone covered security cameras in a room where cash fares are counted.
Accessibility| August 28, 2012

State police to oversee operations at RIPTA

Lt. Col. Raymond Studley, the No. 2 person at the state police, will work with RIPTA's chief executive on what he called "the overall picture." He won't be directly involved in looking into what happened during a security breach in June, when someone covered a security camera in a room where cash bus fares are handled.
Bus| June 14, 2012

RIPTA to offer language interpretation service

Conducted over the phone, designed to improve communication with non-English speaking passengers. Offers interpretation in over 170 languages.
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