NARRAGANSETT - Representatives of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) met with local citizens, environmentalists and department heads from surrounding communities in public forum Tuesday to present its Comprehensive Operational Analysis, the first comprehensive study of its kind conducted in review of the agency.
RIPTA’s proposed changes, presented in a series of community meetings throughout the state, directly impact several areas of South County, including Narragansett, South Kingstown and the hub at the University of Rhode Island. In drafting the proposed changes, RIPTA considered a market analysis, surveys, interviews, and the needs of current and prospective customers.
Routes are presently maintained through a local and regional hub structure.
Vincent Murray, director of planning for the Town of South Kingstown attended the meeting regarding the proposed changes, which not only concern town residents and routes, but transportation to and from the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus.
“URI has its own hub,” said Murray. “There’s a shared service relationship through that hub in and around the university.”
In considering the effects of proposed changes within the town, including the 138 reconstruction project and traffic congestion concerns along the corridor, Murray addressed the subject of transportation as a comprehensive whole.
“You have to consider transportation and traffic concerns as a whole,” he said. “There are separate issues, but you can’t just look at it with a bowling alley attitude. There are many working parts and if you only consider what’s in front of you - in the alley- you sometimes miss the bigger point.”
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