Rhode Island receives another $55.9M to improve public transit across state

A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus is seen at Kennedy Plaza in Providence. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island on Wednesday received another $55.9 million to improve public transit across the state.

Sen. Jack Reed said the funding came from the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The state will be receiving the money this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.

“This federal funding will bolster Rhode Island’s public transit system and pave the way for stronger economic growth, less congestion and pollution, and enhanced mobility,” said Reed. “Public transit connects people and communities.”

The senator said this round of funding will help the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority improve service and invest in new technologies and clean energy upgrades.

“We are grateful for the continued support from our congressional delegation, who never stop championing for investments in public transit,” said Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA. “These funds will be used to modernize and upgrade our vehicles and facilities, making transit more resilient and sustainable.”

Reed said the new federal funding is part of an estimated $292 million in transit formula funding that Rhode Island will be receiving over the next five years.

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