NEWPORT, R.I. — A Rhode Island lawmaker wants to put a stop to noisy alerts broadcast by public buses.

Democratic Rep. Lauren Carson told WPRI-TV that residents in her Newport district complained for months before she filed a bill Wednesday trying to stop the alerts.

The Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority spent about $400,000 to install the system last year that warns those nearby, “Caution. The bus is turning.”

Carson says the “talking” buses have been an inconvenience for residents because they sometimes sound before 5 a.m. She says she met with officials last year to discuss the issue, but there have been no changes.

RIPTA has yet to respond to Carson’s bill.

Carson says while she doubts the bill will pass, she hopes it will start a conversation about the alerts.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com