RIPTA to provide details on service cuts

This is a file image of a RIPTA bus. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is expected to provide details Friday about service cuts on several routes around the state.

In a statement Thursday, RIPTA cited a “historic workforce shortage” for the ongoing issues continuing to plague the transportation industry.

ABC 6 News was told bus routes will not be eliminated but fewer busses will be running for designated routes. The 21 routes are expected to see service cuts beginning Oct. 22.

The agency is currently in negotiations with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618, which represents RIPTA drivers, “to increase starting hourly pay for van operators in an effort to become more competitive in the marketplace.”

Details on the proposed changes can be found on the RIPTA website.

Friday’s meeting is set for 11 a.m.

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