Block Island Times

Town Council to explore public transit program with RIPTA

Town Manager Mary Crawford presented a possible public transportation pilot program for the summer of 2021 in her monthly report to the Town Council on Jan. 20. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, has offered to provide two trolleys for the summer season.
The following is from her report to the council:
“In light of last summer’s issues, including increasing pedestrian, auto and truck congestion in certain corridors, Nicole Verdi, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Raimondo asked that I meet with Scott Avedisian, CEO for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to explore how they might help. Town Planner Alison Ring and I met with Scott and Greg Nordin, Chief of Strategic Advancement, on several occasions to explore the possibility of a pilot public transportation program for Block Island this summer. RIPTA has agreed to provide two old styled trolleys beginning around Memorial Day, through Labor Day. I thought it would be best to get the Town Council’s input. At this time, we have not agreed and/or committed to anything with RIPTA. Many details need to be finalized. Addressing the many concerns of last summer is multifaceted. It appears clear that over the past five years, fixed width sidewalks

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