Senate passes Crowley bill that expands RIPTA border service
STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Senate passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) tonight that relates to RIPTA service over the Massachusetts and Connecticut borders.
“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.
The bill (2017-S 0790) 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.
Cosponsors of the legislation are Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham), Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence), and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence).
The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903