Good public transportation helps the MOST people get where they need to go (without cars) when it is widespread, frequent, steadily and affordably priced, and safe to use. Especially in a city, better and more accessible bus service can mean fewer cars, and fewer cars mean lower greenhouse gas emissions, less heat, less traffic and road stress, and potentially fewer paved/impermeable surfaces (because less need for parking lots) leading to better stormwater drainage and a cleaner water cycle.
Today, there are meetings about bus fares and bus infrastructure in Providence and Warwick. From the RIPTA Riders Alliance:
“RIPTA has more public meetings today about its ‘fare study’, which seems to be intended as a preliminary to getting more money from fares in addition to adjusting some of the details about fare structure and fare collection. There will be another round of meetings later.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11am-1pm
Providence Public Library, 3rd floor meeting room
150 Empire St, Providence, RI
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center
1 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Warwick City Hall, Council Chambers
3275 Post Road, Warwick, RI”
There is also a RIPTA Riders Alliance meeting today at 3pm at the RI Foundation:
1 Union Station (Exchange Terrace betw. Exchange St and Francis St), Providence, RI.