Friday, March 22, 2013
Local legislators are asking for a waiver of insurance for RIPTA for interstate travel between Rhode Island and Massachusetts as the agency is considering restoring service to Tiverton.
As the the Island Public Transit Authority is considering restoring bus service to Tiverton for the first time since 2008, four local legislators are asking for a waiver of insurance for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) to allow interstate travel between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Four local legislators representing five communities across Newport and Bristol counties sent a letter to the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, requesting their assistance in allowing RIPTA to receive the waiver. The letter comes days after RIPTA held a meeting with Tiverton and Little Compton residents discussing the return of bus service to the area. Service was discontinued in 2008 after a weight limit was imposed on the old Sakonnet …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Police were seen boarding a RIPTA passenger bus early Wednesday morning on West Main Road near Carnegie Tower.
Make sure you are signed up for the Middletown Patch daily newsletter to stay current on local news. Updated at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday A Providence man, arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly stabbing a Portsmouth woman on a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus, was arraigned this afternoon in Second District Court. To see the updated story, click here. Several early commuters drove by the RIPTA bus, which was seen stopped at 6:15 a.m. on West Main Road near the overlook at Lehigh Terrace. "On Feb. 27, at approximately 6:15 a.m. Portsmouth police were called to the area of West Main Road near Willow Lane in regards to a reported stabbing that occurred on a RIPTA bus," according to a release issued by Portsmouth police…
Monday, October 3, 2011
Public transit is the service where those who care about the forgotten, underserved and disenfranchised in this society must not back down.
I am tempted to cite statistics that prove the value of public transportation to economic development; to give worker- and student-ridership percentages and the savings those riders realize by taking the bus; to present statistics on how ridership has gone up in recent years despite fare increases, to point out that we will never adequately reduce carbon emissions without robust public-transit systems; to elaborate the health benefits associated with the more active lifestyle of a transit rider and the improved air quality of communities with less congested roadways; et cetera. In a more rational world, these convincing arguments would already have persuaded state leaders to expand Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) service, but…
Monday, September 5, 2011
Here's a quick look at holiday closures for Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
Labor Day is a federal holiday, which means most federal, state and local government offices–with the exception of essential services—will be closed. Businesses differ, so when in doubt, call ahead. Patch's "Places" directory is one easy way to quickly look up phone numbers. Here's what's opened and closed in Middletown on Monday: Middletown Town Hall: closed, with the regular Town Council meeting typically held Monday night rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 6. Click here for this week’s complete town meeting schedule. Middletown's PAYT Trash & Recycling: The town's Pay-As-You-Throw program will run on a one-day delay this week. Middletown Senior Center: closed Middletown Public Schools: closed U.S. Post Office: no mail delivery Banks: vary, …
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Here's a quick look at holiday schedules, closures and beach rates for Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.
Rhode Island is the only state to observe VJ Day, or Victory Over Japan Day, as a holiday. The holiday marks the surrender of Japan on Aug. 15, 1945, nine days after the United States dropped the world's first atom bomb on Hiroshima. The holiday is not a recognized national holiday, so federal offices, including U.S. Postal Mail Service, will remain operational. State and local government municipal offices–with the exception of town beaches and essential emergency services—will be closed. Here's what's opened and closed in Middletown on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011: Beaches: Open, but charging weekend parking rates. RIPTA Bus Service: A limited holiday schedule is in effect. Click here for details. Middletown Summer Enrichment Camp: Closed …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Detours will be in effect immediately until July 29.
Representatives of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) have contacted the Newport Police Department with a request to utilize some of the weight restricted streets in the city's south end. The request has come about due to construction at the south end of Bellevue Avenue and Coggesshall Avenue, which is impacting RIPTA busservice in the south end of the city. Without use of weight restricted streets, bus service would be suspended south of the Marble House immediately and could be suspended at a point further north in the coming days. The concerns were relayed to the city administration and the determination was made to allow the use of a detour from Bellevue, north on Ledge Road to Lakeview Avenue, left to Coggeshall Avenue and …
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in the southern half of Rhode Island in the mid to late afternoon on Monday.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in the southern half of Rhode Island in the mid to late afternoon today. A very warm and very humid air mass with west to southwest winds will be present at that time, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free today due to the unhealthy air quality. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight. Rhode Island …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The air quality warning has been issued for southern Rhode Island.
It's not summer in Rhode Island without an ozone alert day. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is predicting air quality will reach unhealthy levels Wednesday in the southern half of the state, according to a news release issued Tuesday. DEM predicts that conditions will be at their worst in the mid to late afternoon as a "very warm and very humid" air mass will be present at that time. Regular RIPTA bus services will be free Wednesday, according to the DEM announcement. The Department of Health warns these unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and aggravation of asthma/other respiratory ailments – all …