RIPTA considering raising bus fare for poor, seniors, disabled


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Board is considering whether or not to raise bus fare for some of its customers

A RIPTA spokesperson told Eyewitness News the board voted Monday on a request to start the administrative process into potentially charging low-income, disabled and senior citizen riders.

Those riders currently pay nothing. However, recent revisions to the state budget allow RIPTA to begin collecting half fares for those riders, if the board decides to do so.

The RIPTA spokeswoman said before the board votes on any fare increase, the agency will schedule hearings to solicit public comment.Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story erroneously reported that RIPTA was voting on a fare increase. However, the vote merely begins the discussion about the potential for an increase.

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