Friday, March 22, 2013
Legislators are asking for a federal waiver to connect potential a RIPTA route to a Fall River bus line.
Four state senators and representatives from Aquidneck Island have sent a letter to the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, requesting their assistance in allowing the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) to receive a waiver of insurance for interstate travel between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Reps. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton), as well as Senators Christopher S. Ottiano (R-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol) and Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton), have been engaging in discussions with RIPTA for the past year with the hope that the authority will return service to Tiverton. Currently in discussion is a …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The family of the late Terry Chiodo released the following statement.
The family of the late Terry Chiodo, a Portsmouth woman who was fatally stabbed early Wednesday morning shortly after boarding a RIPTA bus, released the following statement. The victim's estranged husband, Christopher James, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death. The Texas family of Terry Chiodo wish to thank the heroes who grabbed the animal who murdered our family on the bus, who risked their lives to apprehend that murderer. You will be hailed in Texas and by us as heroes, who do not stand by and witness assaults on women in public and in private. Texas stands by you in this as well as millions of women who have been abused. To the Lt. Col. Raymond Studley, we express our thanks for your condolences to…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence says stabbing today is a stark reminder "that we have a long way to go to achieve a Rhode Island that is free of domestic violence."
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, February 28
The following is from a statement issued by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Portsmouth Police Department has not released the name of the victim from today's fatal stabbing on a RIPTA bus. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of Terry L. Chiodo. While her death marks the first murder to occur in Portsmouth in a decade and Rhode Island’s first domestic violence murder in 2013, it is also a stark reminder that we have a long way to go to achieve a Rhode Island that is free of domestic violence. Even in a community that is known for its safety, domestic violence does happen behind closed doors every day by abusers who seek to control their partners—murder is often their final …
The suspect, Christopher James, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Second District Court.
A Providence man, arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly stabbing a Portsmouth woman on a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus, was arraigned this afternoon in Second District Court. Christopher R. James, 46, with a last known address of 207 Rhodes St., Providence, was charged with first-degree domestic murder, according to WPRO. He did not enter a plea at his arraignment, according to the article. He is also being held without bail pending a hearing, reports The Providence Journal. The Journal also released the identity of the victim despite investigators withholding this information pending family notification. At 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Portsmouth police were called to the overlook on West Main Road near Willow …
Police were seen boarding a RIPTA passenger bus early Wednesday morning on West Main Road near Carnegie Tower.
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) passenger was stabbed to death early Wednesday morning on a bus in Portsmouth, reports WPRI.com. Several early commuters drove by the RIPTA bus, which was seen stopped at 6:15 a.m. on West Main Road near the overlook at Lehigh Terrace. "On Feb. 27, at approximately 6:15 a.m. Portsmouth police were called to the area of West Main Road near Willow Lane in regards to a reported stabbing that occurred on a RIPTA bus," according to a release issued by Portsmouth police. "When police arrived on scene, they learned that a 46-year-old female resident of Portsmouth had been stabbed by a male passenger shortly after she boarded the bus. Immediately after the stabbing, …
How did you react when you heard about this tragic death on a RIPTA bus?
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The air quality warning has been issued for Rhode Island.
It's not summer in Rhode Island without an ozone alert day. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is predicting air quality will reach unhealthy levels Tuesday in most of the state, according to a news release. Regular RIPTA bus services will be free Tuesday, according to the DEM announcement. If you need to stay cool, you may visit Portsmouth's official cooling center, the Portsmouth Senior Center. The Department of Health warns these unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and aggravation of asthma/other respiratory ailments – all worsened by exercise and heavy activity. The children, elderly and people …
Friday, June 15, 2012
RIPTA will begin a new service after hearing requests from senior citizens in Portsmouth.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has decided to create a new bus stop after hearing requests from elderly riders. Earlier this year, Rep. Daniel P. Reilly (R-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport) and Senator Christopher Ottiano (R-Dist. 11 Portsmouth,Bristol) spoke with residents at Anthony House, who told the legislators they wanted RIPTA to offer service in front of the apartment complex. A bus stop is located across the street from the apartment complex, causing some to express safety concerns. Rep. Reilly and Sen. Ottiano took these comments to RIPTA, who met with Anthony House residents and agreed to start a new service. The bus service is set to commence on Monday, June 18. “I want to thank RIPTA for …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Is public transportation an issue in Portsmouth?
When was the last time you used public transportation? With Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's (RIPTA) proposed service cuts looming for next summer and possible reductions in services this year, we thought we'd take a closer look at public transportion on Aquidneck Island. In Portsmouth, RIPTA bus stops are scattered throughout town, with the majority on West Main and East Main Roads. An occassional cab will also travel through town. But how often do local residents use these services? Take our poll below and tell us how often you use public transportation services!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Public transit is the service where those who care about the forgotten, underserved and disenfranchised in this society must not back down.
I am tempted to cite statistics that prove the value of public transportation to economic development; to give worker- and student-ridership percentages and the savings those riders realize by taking the bus; to present statistics on how ridership has gone up in recent years despite fare increases, to point out that we will never adequately reduce carbon emissions without robust public-transit systems; to elaborate the health benefits associated with the more active lifestyle of a transit rider and the improved air quality of communities with less congested roadways; et cetera. In a more rational world, these convincing arguments would already have persuaded state leaders to expand Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) service, but…