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Proposed jitney service causes stir amongst SK, Narragansett pols

January 25, 2011

Photo By KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN Charlie O’s is one stop on the proposed bus service that would pick students up from Fraternity Circle at URI and drop them off at Narragansett bars including Hammerhead Grill and Coast Guard House.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT – The towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett and URI officials have objected to an East Greenwich's man proposal to start a round trip jitney service from the University of Rhode Island with stops at local bars and restaurants in Narragansett after a public hearing was held Jan. 4 before the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers in Warwick.

Through Rhode Island Jitney, 631 Main St., East Greenwich, Adam Combies proposed setting up a bus service that would pick students up from Fraternity Circle at URI and drop them off at three Narragansett bars: Charlie O’s Tavern, Hammerhead Grill, and Coast Guard House.

“We're concerned about the impacts on our town from nuisances related to alcohol due to the student population in the town. The town is concerned that the service would become like a pub crawl,” Narragansett town manager Grady Miller said. “At the end of the night, there could be 15 passengers on the jitney unable to get back to their homes on campus. We were concerned about the impacts to police and residents.”

Miller said at the deputy police chief represented the town at the public hearing and opposed the service. Miller also wrote a letter of opposition.
“It would encourage behaviors that are adverse to the health and safety of the campus, individual students, and the community at large, both South Kingstown and Narragansett,” Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred said in a letter sent to the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers in Warwick.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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