ProJo reports this morning on RIPTA’s plan for service cuts and job reductions to address current budget defecit.
The proposals would reduce the frequency of service on 13 routes, mostly in the evening, and bring a variety of other schedule changes and reductions to save slightly more than $1 million.
The proposals would also eliminate 32 jobs, including 13 maintenance positions, 9 supervisory positions and 10 administrative positions, saving $1.4 million. Some work, such as plowing snow and doing other clean-up tasks, would be outsourced. But some workers would be laid off.
Oh, and Congress may reduce money that RIPTA gets from the Feds by 30%. From RIPTA:
Safe and Reliable Public Transportation is at Risk!
Congress has proposed to cut more than one-third of federal funding across the board for public transit and surface transportation programs. If these cuts are implemented, transit riders can expect service delays, fare increases and over-crowding.
The proposed cuts to funding will increase unemployment and leave many Americans stranded without access to their jobs and basic services such as grocery stores, doctors and faith services.
PROVIDENCE RALLY “¢ KENNEDY PLAZA “¢ 10AM “¢ SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Show your support on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by wearing red and/or attending the Don’t X Out Transit Providence Rally in Kennedy Plaza, in front of City Hall, at 10AM. RIPTA bus drivers will show their support by wearing red “Don’t X Out Public Transit” t-shirts.
How Will RIPTA be Affected if Congress Makes These Cuts?
- Unable to replace buses and vans as scheduled – more road calls
- Cuts to Maintenance
- Less money to pay maintenance staff to clean & repair buses
- Less money to clean & repair facilities, including local construction contracts
- Less money for bus parts, such as wheelchair lifts, brake parts & more
- Less money for Planning
- Reductions to support equipment – tools, computers, supplies
The following programs would be cut by 1/3:
- ADA Cost reimbursement
- Security investments
- TransArt Shelter Program
For more information, visit SupportTransit.org.