Businesses sue to stop series of bus service improvements

January 8, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Providence business owners has filed a lawsuit against a series of city and state projects meant to improve bus service.

The suit filed Monday argues a bus hub and dedicated bus corridor would erode quality of life and would lower property values.

The plaintiffs include two entities controlled by former Democratic Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr.

The suit names the city, the state Department of Transportation and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

RIPTA spokeswoman says Barbara Polichetti says officials are aware of the lawsuit and the large number of allegations has made it difficult to review intensively.

The bus projects targeted by the lawsuit have been designed independently over many years and are at different stages of development.

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