NEW: Avedisian Resigns from Problem-Riddled RIPTA

Thursday, May 26, 2016


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RIPTA, which has been plagued by accidents in the last several years, will be in need of a new Chair.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is resigning from Chair of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) board.

Avedisian, who has served as the Mayor of Warwick since first being elected in 2000, was at the helm of RIPTA since 2012. 

"My term was up and I didn't want to make another four year commitment and I thought it was a good time," Avedisian told GoLocal. "I've spoken with the Governor about it."

Avedisian added he had stayed on longer than he had expected.

"I'd gone with the purpose of staying one year, and it ended up being five," said Avedisian.  "As for who might be the next Chair, that's up to the board, generally with input from the Governor.  There are four seats currently up on the board."

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is resigning from the RIPTA board.

A RIPTA bus crash in Providence earlier in May is still under investigation -- and was the latest in series of serious accidents that have plagued the agency. 

"In the past two years, three people have been killed by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses and dozens have been injured. Now a lawsuit in the 2015 death of nine-year-old Ani Emdjian raises serious concerns about RIPTA’s safety and training of its drivers," wrote GoLocal on May 11.


Related Slideshow: RIPTA Crashes - 2016

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May 9, 2016

A RIPTA bus crashed into the western entrance of the East Side Trolley Tunnel by College Hill on Monday afternoon.

Witnesses say it looked serious and nine were injured.

"When I got there, it had already happened, but it looked pretty bad," said local artist Philippe Lejeune, who was on the scene.  "There were ambulances taking people away."

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March 1, 2016

Four passengers and a bus driver were injured when a RIPTA bus crashed into a street lamp at Francis and Gaspee Streets by Providence Place Mall.

The crash was reported at about 2:11 p.m. at Francis and Gaspee streets.

The bus knocked down a street lamp. The RIPTA driver was cited for the accident.

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Jan 25, 2016

A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus crashed into a building in Warwick, sending three people to the hospital. The crash destroyed a commercial building and those business are still displaced today. 

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September 13, 2015

On September 13, 2015, a RIPTA driver was arrested for disobeying the orders of a Providence Police officer.

The bus driver, according to Providence Police, was arrested for failing to comply with an Providence Police’s order to move his bus.

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May 20, 2015

A woman was killed when she was trapped under a bus on Broad Street.

Bobbie Moore died three months from injuries after the accident.

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March 26, 2015

9 year-old Ani Emdjian was killed when she was hit by a RIPTA bus on Smith Street.

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May 29, 2014

A RIPTA transit bus struck Frank McKnight while he was walking in a crosswalk from the Federal District Court building to the John O. Pastore building.


I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of federal Court Security Officer Frank McKnight, 69, of North Kingstown. Officer McKnight passed away at Rhode Island Hospital at 6:30 this evening. Officer McKnight’s family was by his side.

A retired North Kingstown police officer with 25 years of service, having retired at the rank of Lieutenant, Officer McKnight was a court security officer for the past 13 years, most recently assigned to the U.S. District Court building.

Officer McKnight was a dedicated, career law enforcement officer and public servant who came to work daily eager and ready to serve, brandishing a positive attitude and always with a smile. His distinguished career will be heralded. His absence will be greatly felt by all that he worked with and served.


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