By Barry Schiller on November 10, 2017
In the past decade RIPTA’s ridership has dropped by almost 5 million passengers, from over 21 million down to about 16.2 million. It’s not due to service cuts. Both hours and miles of service have increased a bit. Perhaps worse, it seems few are aware of the drop in transit riders. Businesses, state government, and […]
By Capri Catanzaro on June 17, 2017
All said, it is a great budget for the wealthy and the politically connected corporate interests. It is a bad budget for the middle class, the poor, and supporters of economic growth.
Posted in Featured, State House | Tagged 2018 Budget, 38 Studios, car tax, ccri, commerce corporation, Gina Raimondo, John Lombardi, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Promise, RIPTA, TrumpCare, UHIP | 4 Responses
By Barry Schiller on May 15, 2017
Most folks know that rail travel is a relatively efficient way to travel. Indeed, Federal energy statistics indicate per passenger mile, airplanes use about 21 percent more energy and cars about 27 percent more. Rail’s advantage is even higher for our Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor which is already fully electrified. Less well known is how much […]
By transportprovidence on May 4, 2017
I’ve been re-reading The Stuff of Thought by the MIT linguist Steven Pinker. It’s a book I’ve read many times, but each time I re-read it, it helps to explain something new to me about the way human minds work. Pinker has a chapter about content-locative and container-locative verbs. Please don’t snooze about the grammar– I […]
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 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 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 transportprovidence on January 17, 2017
Raimondo deserves a modest nod for choosing not to completely eliminate car taxes, a regressive plan that for some reason many progressives think would help economic justice.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, block island, car tax, carbon tax, David Norton, Donald Carcieri, earned income tax credit, EITC, Fair Shot Agenda, Gina Raimondo, kennedy plaza, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Providence, Providence Journal, RIPTA | Leave a response
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 Barry Schiller on October 24, 2016
Have you heard about the $17 million “Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor” grant that the city of Providence received for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to develop a 6-stop enhanced bus corridor to run from the Providence Railroad station to a new bus hub in the hospital district? Its largely the route originally planned to […]
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 transportprovidence on August 24, 2016
Former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino’s media blitz around homelessness should be taken with a grain (or two, or three) of salt. In 2014, Paolino spoke with James Baar at The Projo (“The Seven Deadly Sins of Downtown Providence”, April 29, 2014) to outline his angst over panhandling homeless people and low income bus riders, suggesting a set […]
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 Barry Schiller on May 23, 2016
The $5.6 billion is the total expected spending over 10 years in a draft Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for highways and transit going to public hearings on Thursday, May 26 (2pm and 6:30pm in the DOA Building on Smith St.) The draft documents have about 500 pages so it is not easy to review, but […]