I’m going to the RIPTA board meeting today to support the RIPTA Riders’ Alliance in speaking against the proposed increase in bus fare for senior and disabled bus riders. (For more about why, read here.)
It’s at 269 Melrose St., Providence, RI, in the Transportation Conference Room. The meeting starts at 1:30 but the RRA recommends that people show up at 1:15 because seats fill up. You can take the #20 bus to get there.
RRA President Don Rhodes has asked that someone make this statement on his behalf (he’s ill) at the meeting:
THE RIPTA RIDERS ALLIANCE IS OPPOSED TO A FARE INCREASE ON ANY PASSENGERS AT THIS TIME. KNOWING THERE IS A PROJECTED DEFICIT THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED, THE ALLIANCE CALLS ON RIPTA TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT THRU INTERNAL EFFICIENCIES AND BY ATTRACTING NEW PAYING RIDERS, GIVING US TIME TO GO TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ADVOCATE FOR SUFFICIENT FUNDING. I KNOW THE ALLIANCE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO COOPERATE WITH RIPTA AND OTHERS IN THIS PROCESS. THE ALLIANCE ALSO LOOKS FORWARD TO FRESH IDEAS FROM THE BOARD’S NEW MEMBERS.
I know that this is during work hours for many people, but come if you can. This is a concrete thing that you can do to help transportation and access be more equitable in our city.