• Petitioned The Governor and General Assembly of Rhode Island

This petition was delivered to:

The Governor and General Assembly of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Governor
Rhode Island State Senate
Rhode Island State House


    1. Abel Collins
    2. Petition by

      Abel Collins

      Wakefield, RI

With demand for transit service at record levels, now is NOT the time to reduce bus service in Rhode Island. Public transportation is vital to the health of the state’s economy and environment, and it benefits riders and non-riders alike. RIPTA provides affordable convenient access to transportation that makes it possible for those who can’t drive to get where they need to go, lowers individual transportation costs, eases congestion, and reduces carbon emissions. Public transportation also makes important contributions towards alleviating the serious national challenge of energy security, and it encourages more active lifestyles that help combat the obesity epidemic.

Unfortunately, RIPTA has a structural deficit problem because its funding comes from the declining revenues of the gas tax, at the same time that its operating costs are increasing due to higher fuel prices. For the economic, environmental, and social well-being of Rhode Island, we call on the General Assembly and Governor to create a secure and stable funding mechanism to ensure that there will be no cuts to public transportation service.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Keeping the Buses Rolling

      Abel Collins
      Petition Organizer

      The petition is starting to have its effect. The Governor's office called and wants a meeting, and with the signatures from the real world, we hope to present them with 1000 names. In the meantime, send a letter to your state leaders to save RIPTA.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gina Fera NARRAGANSETT, RI
      • 8 months ago

      We need to make public transportation better, not more difficult to access.

    • Yolanda Sanchez PAWTUCKET, RI
      • over 1 year ago

      I ride the bus every day

    • Christian Petroske SEA CLIFF, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Public transit is the next big thing!

    • Patricia O'Hara SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Almost all my family lives in the state of RI and I know how much they depend on the bus system there.

    • Stephen Larrick PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      The extensive public transit system RIPTA provides is one of Rhode Island's key assets. (What other state can claim a public transit system that provides access to nearly every one of its cities and towns?) If Rhode Island wants to appeal to new economy workers and become competitive in the new economy, RIPTA is an asset that needs to be maintained and expanded upon--not diminished.


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