RIPTA to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed Service Changes Statewide

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will hold public hearings on proposed service changes in all five Rhode Island counties on May 29th, May 30th, June 3rd, June 4th, June 5th, and June 6th.

The Authority announced that the proposed changes in service statewide are a result of RIPTA’s ongoing Comprehensive Operational Analysis. These changes include proposed new routes and express services, scheduling improvements to better coordinate routes operating in the same corridor, modified route alignments, frequency changes to better match service with demand, and the discontinuation of certain routes and route segments.

The proposed changes would affect 56 regular bus routes and all Park and Ride service. Details on the proposed changes are available at www.ripta.com. Additionally, because ADA service is offered within a 3⁄4 mile corridor of fixed-route service, the paratransit ADA service that RIPTA provides through the RIde Program would be adjusted to reflect the fixed-route changes.

Click here to read more about the RIPTA hearings and find a schedule of hearing times and locations.

US Department of Justice Investigation in RI

the nbc 10 news logoAccording to Channel 10 TV new story aired January 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice is looking at possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Rhode Island. The investigation into agencies including the Fogarty Center, Cove Inc., and the Trudeau Center focuses on whether people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are being discriminated against, according to the Justice Department.

Read more about the investigation
or watch the Channel 10 News story here.

Read more about the action being taken against segregation around the country:

Helping the Country Cope After the Mass Shooting in Newton, CT

—Call the Disaster Distress Helpline

an image of a telephone and the word hotlineThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) would like to make sure that everyone is aware of the Disaster Distress Helpline; the Nation’s first permanent hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling.

This FREE, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this tragedy:

  • Telephone: 1-800-985-5990
  • SMS: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
    For Spanish-speakers, Text “Hablanos” to 66746

To read more about the Disaster Distress Helpline, click here.