RIPTA: New multihub bus system increases transfers for 1% of riders

RIDOT's Multi-Hub Bus proposal would increase transfers for 1% of downtown riders, according to new information shared at the RIPTA board of directors meeting on Wednesday. / COURTESY RIDOT
 PROVIDENCE – A proposal for a new, decentralized bus system in Providence will have little effect on the number of transfers riders have to make, according to information shared at the R.I. Public Transit Authority Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday. The adverse impact on current riders has been a central source of criticism over…

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  1. This headline is INCREDIBLY misleading and irresponsible. As the article itself even states, “the data is based upon 2018 ridership and reflects riders who purchase transfer tickets. When including riders who transfer using multi-ride or monthly passes, the transfer rate rises to 29%.” It seems preposterous to think that an increase in transfers isn’t FAR more impactful on those who DO USE multi-ride or monthly passes, because they likely depend on buses much more. That aside (since the actual data has not been made fully available it’s hard to tell just what exactly the full impacts on riders will be–obviously part of the problem, just because RIDOT and RIPTA would clearly like to pretend that 1% is the appropriate number to consider here, doesn’t mean that journalists should oblige and parrot that false and misleading narrative.