Hearings Will be Held Thursday, June 10, at 2 pm and 6 pm
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will hold two virtual hearings on Thursday, June 10, 2021, as it proposes changes to Routes 8X, 13, 14, 21, 22, 29, 30, 62, 66, 203, 210 and 231 for Fall 2021. These changes are part of a broader, long-range plan to improve service in West Bay and South County communities. The virtual hearings will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm, and from 6 pm to 8 pm. The public is asked to please sign up in advance by emailing email@example.com or by leaving a message at 401-784-9500 x1242 before 5pm on Wednesday, June 9.
Details on the proposed changes were presented to the public at a workshop held on May 20, 2021 and can be viewed at https://www.ripta.com/Fall2021/. Some of the changes include retiming on some routes and the extension of a number of routes to the Community College of Rhode Island’s Warwick campus, as RIPTA prepares for the creation of a transit hub there in the future. The goal is to make transfers in the area easier without the need to transfer in Providence. Two routes – Route 8X and Route 62 – would be discontinued. The existing service would be covered by other routes, including a new route, Route 69, which will cover points south of the University of Rhode Island campus in South Kingstown.
RIPTA’s long-term goal of improving service in West Bay and South County is being guided by passenger needs as well as the State’s recently adopted Transit Master Plan.