Local union apprentices pitch in to dig out RIPTA bus stops

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Local union apprentices helped dig out snowbound  RIPTA bus stops in Providence Saturday morning.

There are nearly 4,000 bus stops around the state, according to RIPTA spokesperson Barbara Polichetti, and RIPTA simply doesn’t have the manpower to clear the snow from all of them.

To that end, the International Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union hit the roads – specifically, Smith Street and Chalkstone Avenue – Saturday morning to do some cleanup work.

“Our brothers and sisters at RIPTA reached out to us, and we just had to give them a hand,” union representative Rich Pacheco said.

The two groups of volunteers anticipated working until mid-afternoon on those two routes.

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