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Grow Smart stands behind leadership of RIPTA CEO

Grow Smart Rhode Island announced today that it stands by the leadership of Charles Odimgbe as CEO of RIPTA.

Based on what we know from numerous reports to date and what we have observed, we have confidence in his ability to continue leading the transit agency in the right direction. Mr. Odimgbe was hired in November 2010 to perform the very challenging job of reforming and strengthening the agency, while it wrestles with declining gas tax revenues and increased demand for service. We recognize that in doing so, he has had to make difficult decisions, but we believe the agency is stronger as a result and we would like to see the progress continue. Grow Smart is a diverse coalition of community stakeholders representing key elements of the business, academic, environmental, agricultural, development and labor sectors who recognize how important an effective mass transit system is to Rhode Island’s economy, environment, and the everyday lives of so many people.

Across the nation numerous transit agencies that rely heavily on gas tax proceeds are facing budget crises similar to that of RIPTA. That’s why we are working hard to influence a new, sustainable mechanism to fund a lean and efficient mass transit system that so many Rhode Islanders depend on. We hope that the review of RIPTA now underway will be swift and that any necessary changes to improve and strengthen the agency will be implemented quickly.

Scott Wolf
Executive Director
Grow Smart Rhode Island

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