This video is intended to catch the eye of legislators and the public alike, and combines flashy graphics with serious testimony and interviews on behalf of the bills merits that have been delivered at the State House, said CTC co-chair John Flaherty. Through the use of the Internet and social media, we hope to have people realize that the OGrady Bill (as the H5073 legislation has become known) is a viable solution to our RIPTA financing woes that is sitting right under the noses of legislators. The video urges the public to contact their local representatives and senators to let them know the bill will greatly help not only RIPTA, but the members of the general public who use RIPTA buses to get to work, school and doctors appointments, and to pass the OGrady Bill.
Featured speakers on the video include Teresa Tanzi, a bill co-sponsor; Rep. Ray Hull, a member of the House Finance Committee; Jamie Rhodes, CTC working group member and director of R.I. Clean Water Action; Dr. Kathryn Franklin of WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care; Dan Baudoin, executive director of the Providence Foundation and CTC member; Emily Helgerson, a student at Nathan Bishop Middle School; RIPTA union leader Paul Harrington; and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, chair of the RIPTA board of directors, which unanimously endorsed the OGrady Bill earlier this year.
This video shows the outstanding amount of support this funding bill has received from a huge variety of diverse interests, who all believe it is the solution to RIPTAs historic financial problems, added Flaherty. It is very rare to see all these people come together for a single cause. The question now is with all of this support, who is standing in the way of this common sense solution from being implemented?
The video was produced by Rhode Island filmmaker Robert Malin, in conjunction with the CTC.
The Coalition for Transportation is a partnership among 60 public advocacy groups to call for a 21st century transportation system that enhances the economy and provides all Rhode Islanders with healthy transportation choices. It has enjoyed the support of the Rhode Island Foundation, The Prospect Hill Foundation, and Third Sector New Englands Capacity Building Fund.