Saturday, March 24, 2012
Here's that link: https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=8083
Together, we can get the Public Transit Investment Act passed. Please sign up for the RIPTA Riders list serve to find out about the next steps in preserving and expanding public transportation in Rhode Island. We're going to need a huge turnout at the statehouse when our bill gets heard. Can you be there?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Providence, Rhode Island- Public transportation supporters gathered with members of the Occupy Providence movement at 12:45pm in Kennedy Plaza to board the #20 bus to RIPTA’s monthly board of directors meeting. They came together with signs and slogans to oppose service cuts that will go into effect in December unless the board acts to stop them.
“Before cuts are made, the board has a duty to seek funding that will allow RIPTA to maintain its current service” added Randall Rose, a RIPTA Riders and Occupy Providence member, “in fact, they have a responsibility to pursue the funds necessary to implement the strategic plan they adopted earlier this year that seeks to expand public transportation”...
Sunday, October 23, 2011
RIPTA Riders will be holding its next meeting tomorrow at 8PM in Burnside Park - right next to Kennedy Plaza. We will be holding the meeting as part of the Occupy Providence protest that has taken hold of the park as a forum to address change in Rhode Island.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Clearly, this is a disappointing decision, though not unexpected. The board was uncomfortable with the idea of engaging in extensive deficit spending. They were also hesitant to slash a large number of jobs or institute big service cuts. Instead, they chose a middle path with a little deficit spending (1.9 million dollars), layoffs limited to about 20 positions, and smaller service reductions.
The Board seemingly believes that these efforts to tighten the agency's belt will bolster their argument for funding reform at the Statehouse in the coming legislative session. Personally, I am not convinced that they needed to make the service cuts, and I believe they could have moved forward with deficit spending on the order of 2.9 million dollars. This belief is at least partially vindicated by the repeated calls of Senator John Tassoni at the meeting for the board to come and ask for supplemental funding for RIPTA during the special session in October.
For what it's worth, here is the statement I submitted to the board on behalf of Sierra Club RI: