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RIPTA selects next CEO

Posted on April 26, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) selected Mayor Scott Avedisian as RIPTA’s new CEO. Avedisian, who has served as Mayor of Warwick since 2000, was chair of the RIPTA board from 2012 to 2016. The appointment is pending the successful completion of contract negotiations, RIPTA Board Chairman Wayne Kezirian announced at a meeting of the board.

“Scott’s long, successful experience with RIPTA means he has an in-depth understanding of the agency that enables him to immediately provide leadership in continuing our progress towards making RIPTA a success,” said Kezirian. “It’s a perfect fit for where RIPTA is today, and where we want to be in the future.”

Avedisian said that he is excited about the opportunity to lead RIPTA, which he described as being an essential component of a successful economy, and provided Rhode Islanders with 16.6 million trips last year.

“You can’t have a world-class economy without a world-class transit system,” Avedisian said. “I’m looking forward to working with the great team at RIPTA to build on what’s already been done to create that model transit system for our state.”

Avedisian also noted the important role of public transit in reducing the number of cars on Rhode Island’s roads, easing traffic congestion and reducing emissions and environmental impacts.

Capitalizing on successful routes and creating a more flexible system will be two of Avedisian’s priorities, he said.

“Overall, we need to build a new RIPTA that meets the needs of existing customers — and future customers - where they are,” he said. “A system that is innovative enough to be flexible has tremendous potential for growth.”

Connecting RIPTA with Rhode Island’s colleges and universities will be another priority, Avedisian said.

“These institutions are engines of Rhode Island’s future economy, and we need to do our part to make those connections efficiently and effectively.”

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