RIPTA celebrates Transit Fairness Day

(Photo courtesy of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)/Facebook)

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is celebrating transit fairness this Friday alongside climate and transportation organizations. Organized by the Labor Network for Sustainability, this initiative campaigns for accessible, green and fair public transport.

Several RIPTA officials, including Managing Director Scott Avedisian, will attend the Transit Equity Day press conference. The press conference will take place on Smith Street outside the Department of Administration at 2:00 p.m. and will be hosted by RI Transit Riders and the George Whiley Center.

“We understand that access to opportunity through equitable transportation is critical to reducing the disparities that exist for low-income and minority populations in Rhode Island,” said Scott Avedisian. “RIPTA is committed to identifying where these gaps exist in our transportation network and filling them with the resources and technology available to us.”

“In an effort to make public transit easier and fairer to use, we recently implemented fare capping with our new Wave smart fare system,” said Greg Nordin, Chief Strategic Advancement Officer of RIPTA. “Passengers are no longer burdened with the upfront cost of purchasing a monthly pass. With our Wave “Earn As You Go” feature, passengers are rewarded with free rides after reaching the fare equivalent of a daily or monthly pass. ”

For more information, please visit the RIPTA website.

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