Friday, August 19, 2011
RIPTA Riders has received word that no decision will be made about service cuts at the RIPTA board meeting on Monday. Rather than proceed as planned with the cuts, agency officials intend to discuss the opinions, suggestions and demands expressed by citizens and bus riders at RIPTA public hearings over the last month.
This is terrific news for RIPTA Riders - with the decision delayed, we have time to convince lawmakers to put together a permanent solution to the funding deficit facing RIPTA.
Transit supporters have achieved a small victory in the fight against service cuts at RIPTA, but we have not won the battle to secure sustainable funding to keep buses rolling for years to come. Now is the time for RIPTA Riders to work with political leaders, solidify a stable budget for 2011, and to secure long term fiscal backing for public transit in Rhode Island.
Please show your support by coming to the RIPTA Riders demonstration outside of the RIPTA Board Meeting this Monday:
RIPTA Board Meeting and RIPTA Riders Rally
269 Melrose St, Providence RI
Monday August 22nd 1:30 PM