RIPTA almost finished with switch to electric buses on the R-Line, looks ahead to new projects

RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian speaks with ABC 6 News on current projects, Thursday, May 25, 2023. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is making progress going green with new electric buses.

CEO Scott Avedisian told ABC 6 News Thursday the transportation agency is almost finished with the first in-line charging station at the Broad Street city line between Providence and Cranston.

“We move 900,000 people a month, and where else do you have an ability over the course of a year to affect 12 million lives?” he said. “To me, RIPTA is so incredibly important to the future of the state of Rhode Island that we need to double our efforts and keep moving forward.”

By the end of the year, 20% of passengers will be riding on electric buses in place of the former diesel buses on the R-Line, RIPTA’s most used route.

After that, Avedisian said they will build a new bus hub at the Community College of Rhode Island Warwick campus and the University of Rhode Island Kingston campus.

The agency then plans on making all bus hubs on Aquidneck Island electric.

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