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RIPTA eyes doubling the number of bus shelters 

Bus riders could have new, state-of-the art covered bus stops as the R.I. Public Transit Authority eyes replacing – and adding more – bus...

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1. Report: R.I. drivers second-most confrontational in nation POSTED ONLINE: AUG. 28 Rhode Island drivers are ranked the second-most confrontational in the U.S., according to a...
REACTIONS TO THIS PAST weekend's PVDFest remain mixed, with some community members feel the lack of activity downtown impacted both the event and businesses. / COURTESY PVDFEST

After weekend festival, emotions on PVDFest remain mixed

PROVIDENCE – PVDFest this past weekend, according to some business leaders, was a tale of two cities. After several changes were made, including moving PVDFest...
RIDERS ­NEEDED: 
An estimated 3% of Rhode Island residents use the state’s public bus system. Pictured is the Charlesgate stop on North Main Street in Providence, southbound on the R-line. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Would you consider taking a bus to work if its availability...

The R.I. Public Transit Authority says it is facing a projected $40 million shortfall for next fiscal year. It’s new board chairman, R.I. Department...
RIDERS ­NEEDED: 
An estimated 3% of Rhode Island residents use the state’s public bus system. Pictured is the Charlesgate stop on North Main Street in Providence, southbound on the R-line. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid budget shortfall, only new riders can save RIPTA

One month into Peter Alviti’s tenure as board chairman of the R.I. Public Transit Authority, it is clear that change is coming. Whether he’s right...

A split over Alviti’s actions at RIPTA

Following R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti’s controversial appointment as the R.I. Public Transit Authority’s board chairman, transit advocates are divided on whether...
THE R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT Authority's pilot program providing free rides on the R-Line is set to end on Sept. 30. The agency says it is not financial feasible to continue the program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RIPTA’s R-Line fare-free program ending after monthlong extension

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Public Transit Authority says it's extending the R-Line fare-free pilot program for another month to give passengers sufficient time to...

No threats found after Providence City Hall evacuated due to reports...

PROVIDENCE – Reports of a downtown gunman armed with a rifle were unfounded, according to city officials who provided an update late Tuesday. Around 3 p.m., police were...
ON GUARD: Becky and Tim Clark, owners of The Beachead restaurant on Block Island, say business hasn’t been quite as robust so far this summer. 
PBN PHOTO/ K. CURTIS

R.I. tourism stays local: Regional campaigns lead the way this summer

Just days before the start of the high season in Newport in early July, local tourism officials gathered to talk status and strategy. At the...
Joseph Mulligan / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Joseph Mulligan

Joseph Mulligan | Director of planning and development, city of Providence 1. What are your priorities for Providence as the city’s new director of...
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