News from PBN and EcoRI about RIPTA’s proposed fare changes:
Providence Business News: RIPTA eyes expanded service, but who will pay?
A U.S. census survey, called the American Community Survey, in 2013 reported that 2.9 percent of Rhode Islanders used public transportation at least once a week.
Largely because of its small size, Rhode Island has a density that rivals New Jersey — with 1,018 people per square mile. For comparison purposes, 10.8 percent of the New Jersey population used public transportation, while 27 percent of the state of New York did so, according to the census survey.
Rhode Island’s density is what officials at state transportation agencies point to when arguing that increased investment in public transit is a smart move.