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By Bob Plain on April 4, 2017
There are now three separate bills before the legislature that would reinstate free bus fare for elderly and disabled Rhode Islanders, a longstanding social program that was cut from the state budget last year. Two of the bills come from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate. One House bill was introduced on […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
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By Bob Plain on March 14, 2017
It took about a month to start seeing the consequences of raising bus fare on Rhode Island’s most vulnerable commuters. According to a Valley Breeze report, “those people are frequently going hungry.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Transportation | Tagged Adrienne Marchetti, Gina Raimondo, hunger, John Lombardi, Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Poverty, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Teresa Tanzi, valley breeze | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
“We promise to work in the General Assembly to restore the legislative mandate for no-fare passes that worked very well for forty years.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Bill Flynn, Economic Progress Institute, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, No Fare Bus Pass Program, Office of Veterans Affairs, Ray Gagne, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
On February 1 the RIPTA‘s planned elimination of the no-fare bus pass goes into effect. More than 13,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities will suddenly be facing fees of 50 cents and 25 cent transfers for each one way trip. Many are on fixed incomes and subsist on less than $700 a month. A […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
I would argue that at a certain point the no-fare bus pass evolved from mere program to cherished value as uniquely Rhode Island as our historic separation of church and state and our long standing policy of saying no to the death penalty.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Social Services, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, American Public Transportation Association, APTA, Christina Tate, Coalition to Preserve No-Fare Passes, Gabs Amor, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Marjorie Waters, Nicholas Mattiello, Ocean State Center for Independent Living, RIPTA, RIPTA No-Fare Bus Pass Program, RIPTA Riders, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Tim Flynn, Wayne Kezirian | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on December 19, 2016
With only 12 days left before the state was set to stop giving elderly, disabled, and low income Rhode Islanders free bus passes, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Board of Directors voted to extend that social service for one more month. But for those who have been battling since summer to reinstate the program […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2016
“We oppose the damaging idea of moving the state’s bus hub to a worse location far from downtown, and pushing people without homes into other parts of Providence without adequate services.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence, Transportation | Tagged Burnside Park, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Randall Rose, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 7, 2016
Rosa held in her hand a senior/disabled bus pass that was due to expire in September 2020, but a driver told her that the pass was no good anymore.
“I paid for this pass, and now it’s no good and I have to pay again,” said Rosa.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Inequality, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Don Rhodes, General Assembly, kennedy plaza, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 16, 2016
“It is with a heavy heart that I urge folks not to support this amendment,” said Rep Teresa Tanzi.
“I’m so glad people in this chamber have heavy hearts,” shot back Rep John Lombardi.
By Bob Plain on June 15, 2016
The RIPTA Riders Alliance rallied at the State House yesterday to call attention to bus fare increases to the elderly, disabled and very low income people. RIPTA decided to end free bus fare for these riders earlier this year. The House budget restored free fares for the elderly and disabled until January. Advocates say it […]
By Randall Rose on June 13, 2016
A devastating fare hike for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable seniors and disabled people is the focus of a new budget fight. Although Rhode Island has long had a program where seniors and disabled people who have trouble affording bus trips ride free, the last year has seen efforts to end this program and charge more […]
By RIPTA Riders Alliance on June 9, 2016
All the budget does is to reschedule the fare hike — RIPTA had wanted this fare hike to start this July 1, and the House budget provides only enough funding to postpone the fare hike by six months (to January 2017), according to the Providence Journal and legislative leaders.
By Bob Plain on June 8, 2016
The budget passed by the House Finance Committee last night, and slated to be vetted by the full chamber next Wednesday, contains some wins and some losses for the progressive left. The budget bill contains some money to restore low-cost bus fare for indigent people – a social service that RIPTA cut earlier this year. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 23, 2016
After the quarter mile walk the marchers were told that the board room was filled to capacity and that many people, including the elderly and disabled, might have to wait in the hallway for their turn to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Artemis, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2016
“I live on a fixed income. I live alone. I have to go to the doctor’s for COPD, hypertension, cancer… I cannot afford it. To pay fifty cents even, I would just lose my life…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged house finance, Logisticare, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Scott Slater | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 14, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced plans for a 1.4 mile “Enhanced Transit Corridor” in Downtown Providence.
Posted in Climate, Economics, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Don Rhodes, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, RI Department of Transportation, ridot, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
Did the General Assembly, when they voted to force the RIPTA board to increase the fares on the most vulnerable, think about the people whose lives will be ruined? Even if this entire issue goes away over the next weeks and months, did the Senators and Representatives who voted for this think about the stress they inflicted on the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless?
Posted in Class Warfare, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Peter Alviti, Randall Rose, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Many seniors and disabled passengers live on fixed incomes and will be negatively impacted by this rate increase. Though the state will provide rides for scheduled doctor’s visits, free rides will not be provided for shopping, visits with friends and relatives, or attending political rallies. Those stuck at home will face isolation and declining health outcomes.
Posted in Featured, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on October 28, 2015
State senators Harold Metts and Juan Pichardo have requested in writing that the Rhode Island Public Transportation Agency cancel a proposal to raise fare prices on elderly, disabled and homeless riders. The two Democrats who represent poor areas of Providence wrote a joint letter to RIPTA Board Chairman Scott Avedesian, also the mayor of Warwick, […]