RIPTA drivers battle harsh conditions Friday morning

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Downtown Providence by city hall at the height of the storm Friday afternoon was virtually empty. However, bus drivers from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority still had to operate under the harsh conditions.

“Warwick to Cranston was perfect,” said RIPTA bus operator Larry Torti. He continued, “As soon as you were in Providence, they were rough this morning. They got them cleaned up now, but Pawtucket was pretty bad also.”

RIPTA reported that all routes were operational by this afternoon except for Route 87.

RIPTA bus driver Genaro Ramirez said, “For me [today] it’s going to be a nice, slow ride.” He explained, “Most importantly, I get to each location safely and everybody gets their safely as well, and that I get home safe as well.”

Workers for RIPTA told me these conditions aren’t uncommon to them, but it is important to remind residents how to stay safe.

“If you’re going to get out of the house, get out early,” said Ramirez. He continued, “Just be patient– being angry and stuff in traffic, there’s no way you can control that.”

Chief Meteorologist Jeff Desnoyer says we can expect temperatures to drop Friday evening, potentially creating icy conditions for community members.

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