Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
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|Slogan||Ride The Wave|
|Headquarters||705 Elmwood Avenue|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Locale||Rhode Island (statewide)|
|Service type||transit bus, paratransit, demand responsive transport, rapid transit bus (2014)|
|Hubs||3 (Kennedy Plaza, Newport Gateway Center, Pawtucket Transportation Center)|
|Lounge||3 (one at each hub)|
|Daily ridership||45,801 (2018)|
|Fuel type||Diesel, Diesel-electric, CNG|
|Chief executive||Ray Studley|
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides public transportation, primarily buses, in the state of Rhode Island. The main hub of the RIPTA system is Kennedy Plaza, a large bus terminal in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The authority serves 45,800 people a day, in 38 out of 39 Rhode Island communities.
RIPTA was created in 1964 by the Rhode Island General Assembly to supervise what had been previously a system of privately run bus and trolley systems. RIPTA began operating buses on July 1, 1966, inheriting services provided previously by the United Transit Company. Ridership had decreased in Rhode Island after the construction of the Interstate Highway System, and although it has never returned to 1940s levels, RIPTA's ridership has increased slightly over the years as services have been expanded and improved upon.
RIPTA operates services in several categories. All services are operated from two garages: in Providence at 265 Melrose Street and Middletown at 350 Coddington Highway.
Most of RIPTA's fixed-route bus lines are centered around three major hubs in the cities of Providence at Kennedy Plaza, Pawtucket at the Pawtucket Transit Center, and Newport at the Gateway Center. Two routes run between Providence and Newport, and four routes between Providence and Pawtucket. Three routes run between Providence and Warwick Mall, where they connect with a Coventry-Warwick Mall route and a Warwick crosstown route. A single circulator route is operated in Woonsocket; service was expanded in 2011 to allow residents - many of whom do not own cars - to reach shopping areas outside town.
The R-Line is a limited-stop "Rapid Bus" route from Cranston to Pawtucket via Providence that combines the former 11 and 99 routes. The R-Line became operational on June 21, 2014.
In 1999, RIPTA introduced its trolley service, providing service using tourist trolley style replica buses manufactured by Chance Coach & Optima Bus on two downtown Providence circulator lines going north and south of Kennedy Plaza and through the East Side Trolley Tunnel, and on a number of lines running through the Newport Gateway Center in Newport.
Demand response/Flex service
In addition to fixed route services, RIPTA also provides Flex Service service primarily settled around less-populated areas in the state, servicing the communities of Bristol, Burrillville, Coventry, Kingston (including the University of Rhode Island), Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, North Smithfield, Portsmouth, South Kingstown, Tiverton, West Warwick, Westerly, and Woonsocket.
Flex Service list
|231||South Aquidneck Island|
|242||West Warwick/Coventry Flex|
|281||Woonsocket Schedule Flex|
|Hillclimber||(seasonal URI student commuter parking lot loop route)|
RIde is the demand-response service operated by RIPTA, providing primarily paratransit service throughout the service area of RIPTA. The vehicles used for both service are cutaway vans.
These are the current RIPTA fares.
|Base fare||Senior/disabled fare||Transfers||1-day pass||7-day pass||Monthly pass||Passes|
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Not included here are cutaway vans normally used on Flex service and RIde paratransit and demand response services. The entire fleet is ADA compliant. Except for buses 1001-1010 (trolley replicas), all buses feature bike racks.
|Fuel||Fleet numbers||In service|
|2005||Gillig Low Floor||40||102||Diesel||0516-0536,0538-0550||34|
|2009||Gillig Low Floor||40||102||Diesel||0912-0935||24|
|2010||Gillig Trolley Replica||35||102||Hybrid Diesel-Electric||1001-1010||10|
|2010||Gillig BRT||40||102||Hybrid Diesel-Electric||1021-1073||52|
|2018||Proterra||Battery Electric||3 (10/22/2018)|
|Grand total of fixed-route buses:||225|
List of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority routes
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) operates a number of bus routes in Rhode Island. Most are local bus routes based out of Providence; a number of local routes are also based from Newport, Pawtucket, or Woonsocket. The agency operates six express routes to park and ride lots around the state, and one local rapid bus route. The only Rhode Island towns not served by a RIPTA bus route are Foster, Little Compton, Charlestown and New Shoreham. Some rural towns, such as Gloucester, Burrillville, Scituate, Richmond, West Greenwich and Tiverton, are only serviced by a single or limited-use line. While two routes run through Jamestown, neither operates on Sundays. The 1 Eddy/Hope/Benefit and 35 Rumford lines are the only two routes with stops outside of Rhode Island's borders, as both routes end in a northern terminus at the South Attleboro MBTA station in Massachusetts. RIPTA was required to seek federal permission before the extending the routes across state lines to South Attleboro in 2013.
The transfer location listed is the primary commuting downtown transfer location(s) that the route serves; for most routes, this is the inbound terminus. Providence-based routes operate from Kennedy Plaza, Pawtucket-based routes from the Pawtucket Transit Center, Newport-based routes from Gateway Center, and Woonsocket-based routes from Woonsocket Depot Square. Two routes which do not run into any of those four cities connect with other routes at Warwick Mall.
|R-Line||Broad/North Main||Providence, Pawtucket|
|3||Arlington/Oaklawn||Providence, Warwick Mall|
|6||Prairie / R. W. Zoo||Providence|
|10x||North Scituate Park & Ride||Providence|
|12x||Arctic/Rte. 117 Express Park & Ride||Providence|
|13||Coventry/Arctic/Warwick Mall||Warwick Mall|
|14||West Bay||Providence, Newport|
|17||Dyer / Pocasset||Providence|
|19||Plainfield / Westminster||Providence|
|21||Reservoir/Garden City||Providence, Warwick Mall|
|22||Pontiac Ave||Providence, Warwick Mall|
|27||Broadway / Manton||Providence|
|28||Broadway / Hartford||Providence|
|29||Kent County||Warwick Mall|
|49||Camp St / Miriam Hospital||Providence|
|52||Branch / Bryant Univ||Providence|
|54||Lincoln / Woonsocket||Providence, Woonsocket|
|55||Admiral / Prov College||Providence|
|58||Mineral Spring / N Providence||Providence|
|59x||North Smithfield/Lincoln Express Park & Ride||Providence|
|60||Providence / Newport||Providence, Newport|
|61x||Tiverton/East Bay Park & Ride||Providence|
|62||URI/ Providence Station||Providence|
|63||Broadway / Middletown Shop||Newport|
|64||Newport / URI||Newport|
|66||URI / Galilee||Providence|
|67||Bellevue / Mansions||Newport|
|70||URI Engineer Line||Kingston|
|71||Broad Street / Pawtucket Ave||Pawtucket|
|72||Weeden / Central Falls||Providence, Pawtucket|
|73||Fairlawn / CCRI||Pawtucket|
|75||Dexter / Lincoln Mall||Pawtucket|
|78||Beverage Hill / Newport Ave||Providence, Pawtucket|
|87||Fairmount / Walnut Hill||Woonsocket|
|92||RIC/Federal Hill/East Side||Providence|
|95x||Westerly Park & Ride||Providence|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-07-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- RIPTA stats from the NTD Program
- "About". www.ripta.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
- RIPTA History
- Saslow, Eli (16 March 2013). "Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- RIPTA fares
- In the final Assembly hours, college-student bus passes are the hot topic | General Assembly | projo.com | The Providence Journal
- Lincoln Technical Institute Signs On for RIPTA's U-PASS Program
- "RIPTA System Map" (PDF). RIPTA. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
- LANDIS, BRUCE. "RIPTA prepares to reorganize routes to improve service". providencejournal.com. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
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