Proposed cuts bring out RIPTA supporters

Approximately 100 transit supporters gathered on Tuesday at the city hall building in Providence, RI to protest proposed cuts by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. According to the Providence Journal, the agency is trying to find a way to cover an estimated $4.6 million deficit this fiscal year. Service cuts could affect 39 routes in 35 communities, and could include the elimination of a number of routes.

The RIPTA board of directors is required to hold public hearings when there is a proposal for service reductions. On Monday, board members got an earful from transit customers and workers. The board will address any service cuts on Aug. 15. Currently, any cuts in service would go into effect Sept. 24.

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