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RIPTA Launches Transit Safety and Security Awareness Program on Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2012

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has launched their state-wide “See. Stop. Speak.” Safety and Security Awareness Program.   This initiative is part of Transit Watch, a public awareness and education campaign developed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

On February 14, 2012, RIPTA passengers can expect to find a surprise on their seat – a reminder that RIPTA cares about passenger safety.  This “surprise” is a Valentine card from RIPTA and Honey Dew Donuts reminding passengers to recognize and report any and all suspicious activity.  Each card is redeemable for a complimentary hot coffee at Honey Dew Donuts to help passengers stay alert.

“We urge passengers to say something, if they see something,” said Thomas Clupny, Director of Safety.

Launched in 2003, Transit Watch is a nationwide public awareness outreach campaign that encourages the active participation of transit passengers and employees in maintaining a safe transit environment.  RIPTA’s “See. Stop. Speak.” Safety and Security Awareness Program encourages everyone to help keep RIPTA safe by being aware of their surroundings and alert to activities, packages or situations that seem suspicious. If something out of the ordinary is observed, it should be reported immediately to the bus operator or law enforcement authorities.

For more information on the Transit Watch Campaign or other RIPTA services, passengers can call 781-9400.