Sen. Crowley and Rep. Tanzi bill that expands RIPTA border service signed into law
STATE HOUSE – Legislation introduced by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) and Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) that enables RIPTA to expand service options over the Massachusetts and Connecticut borders has been signed into law by the governor.
“This is a customer service bill for Rhode Island RIPTA riders. With ridership declining, we must find ways to not only keep current RIPTA riders using the service, but also ways to lure newer riders onto RIPTA buses. This bill would accomplish both of these goals as it would elevate the current level of service RIPTA provides,” said Senator Crowley.
“This bill expands RIPTA’s service to riders who otherwise would be unable to utilize the service. It is good for Rhode Island commuters, it is good for RIPTA, and it adds another level of service to RIPTA that will help it continue to service our state into the future,” said Representative Tanzi.
RIPTA currently does not serve any stops in Connecticut, but does serve a stop at the train station in Attleboro and a stop at the Target plaza in Seekonk. The Authority had sought legislative permission so it could make other stops en route to those destinations, and possibly on other routes in the future. Without this legislative change, RIPTA would only be allowed to make one out-of-state stop per route.
The bill (2017-S 0790 / 2017-H 5837) would authorize RIPTA to provide an open-door service to all passengers to and from Rhode Island to locations within five miles of the Rhode Island border into Massachusetts and Connecticut.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903