Senate Oversight Committee to hear concerns on how RIPTA is operating

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Senate Oversight Committee on Monday will hear concerns on how the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is operating.

The hearing comes after Senate President Dominick Ruggerio called for RIPTA’s CEO, Scott Avedisian, to resign, citing a driver shortage that impacted school bus routes in Providence and the awarding of a no-bid contract to a political ally of Avedisian.

RIPTA’s CEO gave no indication he will step down, saying in part, “But there is a lot more to do. I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with the Senate about their concerns.”

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Ruggerio plans on attending.

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