Governor Raimondo has been working with RIPTA, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the City of Newport to determine how to assist area residents.
"During this time, we don't want transportation to be a barrier for Aquidneck Island residents as they try to get to warming shelters, meal sites, medical appointments and more," said RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian.
RIPTA has five routes and one Flex Service that offers service on Aquidneck Island; Routes 14, 60, 63, 64, 67 and Flex Zone Route 231.
"It's great to see Rhode Island and RIPTA investing in a cleaner energy future as it works replace and modernize its bus fleet.
RIPTA recently accepted delivery of three, zero-emission electric buses manufactured by Proterra in California.
"I'm glad to see RIPTA invest in these zero-emission electric buses to improve our state's air quality and cut down on our use of fossil fuels," said Senator Whitehouse.
Every day we need a specific number of buses to be ready to roll so we can meet our schedule and serve the public, and we rely on our maintenance facility and our maintenance crews to make sure that happens, said Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA. This building is in need of some critical work, and without this grant we werent sure how we were going to be able to make these capital improvements.
The $3.28 million grant will cover 80 percent of the roughly $4.1 million cost of making the necessary repairs, with RIPTA providing the 20-percent local match.
RIPTA annually provides 16.5 million transit trips on a network of fixed route, flex zone, and paratransit services throughout Rhode Island, operating 230 fixed route vehicles and 130 paratransit vans.
Fixing RIPTAs primary maintenance facility will ensure that Rhode Islanders can continue to count on a dependable and accessible public transportation system, said Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD).
Built in 2001, the $20 million facility provides maintenance and support for RIPTAs fixed route fleet and provides routine services and repair for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).