Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

Providence, RI


About Rhode Island Public Transit Authority


705 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI
United States of America

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is a quasi-public, independent authority. Established in 1966, RIPTA is authorized to operate public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

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RIPTA extends Ride Free Central Falls pilot program through 2023

July 28, 2023
The program launched in March 2022 and is testing the effectiveness of using geofencing technology to promote the use of public transportation and offers free fares for trips ...
RIPTA launched its one-year Ride Free in Central Falls pilot project that will evaluate the role technology has in promoting transit use.

RIPTA extends Ride Free Central Falls pilot program through Aug. 1

May 17, 2023
The program launched in March 2022 and is testing the effectiveness of using geofencing technology to promote the use of public transportation.
Fare Collection

RIPTA’s R-Line Fare-Free Pilot Program helping to increase ridership

April 13, 2023
During the first six months of the pilot, ridership on the R-Line was 40 percent higher than the same time period in 2022.
Safety & Security

RIPTA to reallocate $100,000 to increase presence of Providence police officers and DID safety ambassadors in Kennedy Plaza

April 11, 2023
In recent months, the city of Providence has increased the presence of Providence Police Department officers in Kennedy Plaza during high traffic times.
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

RIDOT, MBTA to open Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center on Jan. 23

The center will allow riders to switch modes of transportation easily between commuter rail operated by MBTA and RIPTA’s statewide bus network.

Articles & News

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HART, PSTA and The Bus implemented open loop contactless payments using Visa's global urban mobility framework in February 2023.
Fare Collection

How agencies are getting creative with contactless payments

April 18, 2023
By embracing open payments, implementing equity-based fares and keeping a focus on connecting riders, transit agencies are setting new standards of what creative contactless payment...
The Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center is a rail and bus hub with 10 bus routes and 40 weekday trains stopping at the transit center.

MBTA/RIPTA Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center opens

Jan. 24, 2023
Local, state and federal dignitaries gathered at the transit cent for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
RIPTA will receive a $22.37 million RAISE grant that will fund charging infrastructure, facility upgrades and the procurement of approximately 25 battery-electric buses.

The projects awarded RAISE grants so far

Aug. 10, 2022
Congressional offices have started announcing where RAISE grants will be awarded with several smart streets and transit related projects securing funds.
RIPTA/Union Studio Architecture and Design
A rendering of the future Dorrance Street Transit Center (RIPTA/Union Studio Architecture and Design)

RIPTA issues REOI for Dorrance Street Transit Center

The transit center will replace RIPTA’s current bus depot with a mixed-use development with an intermodal transit center, offices and an adjacent transit-oriented development....
RIPTA launched its one-year Ride Free in Central Falls pilot project that will evaluate the role technology has in promoting transit use.

RIPTA launches pilot program testing technology’s effectiveness promoting transit use

The one-year pilot will provide fare free transit to trips that begin in Central Falls, RI, and test the effectiveness of geofencing and its impact on transit.
RIPTA will no longer accept paper passes on buses starting Jan. 15, 2022, as part of its transition to the Wave fare management system. Riders can exchange existing paper passes to preserve their monetary value.
Fare Collection

RIPTA to eliminate paper passes starting in January 2022

The move away from paper is part of the authority’s transition to its Wave smart fare collection system.
Ripta Bus

Providence Multi-Hub Bus System moving forward

Nov. 6, 2020
State, local and transit leaders say the multi-hub approach will improve connectivity and expand access to transit.
RIPTA operates more than 200 buses and 100 vans across the Providence, Rhode Island, region.

RIPTA Turns to Predictive Analytics to Increase Performance

Nov. 14, 2017
For RIPTA leaders, real day-to-day outcomes like improved maintenance schedules, optimized part inventory forecasting and a more efficient fleet will help both time and taxpayer...

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RIPTA launching No Fare Bus Pass pilot program for riders outside existing discount program thresholds

Nov. 10, 2022
Applicants that meet the income threshold but neither the age nor the disability threshold, receive no benefit under existing RIPTA programs.
Labor challenges mean RIPTA is temporarily reducing service frequencies in late October; the authority says they will return when more staff are added.

RIPTA to reduce service in late October due to workforce shortage

Oct. 3, 2022
The reduction in statewide services will be temporary with RIPTA committing to returning service when staffing levels can support it.
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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

RIPTA unveils Rhode Island's first electric bus fleet

Aug. 18, 2022
RIPTA has received the first of 14 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot battery-electric buses, with the remainder of the authority’s order to be delivered in the upcoming months...
Ripta Rendering
Power Converters, Battery Chargers and Inverters

RIPTA, officials mark start of construction on state’s first electric bus in-line charging station

May 27, 2022
The station, which can charge up to three electric buses simultaneously, will also feature driver restrooms and various site improvements including an on-site snow-melt system...

Federal, state officials join RIPTA in celebrating high-frequency bus corridor that creates key intermodal connection

June 22, 2021
The Downtown Transit Connector Runs from RI Hospital to Providence Train Station and serves the growing Innovation District.
RIPTA will receive energy credits from the 6,000-panel solar array, which it estimates will save the authority $250,000 annually in electricity costs.

RIPTA to tap renewable solar energy with new collaboration

April 1, 2021
The transit authority will receive energy credits for power generated by a solar installation in East Providence.
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RIPTA and QDC extend agreement to continue free pilot express service to Quonset Business Park

Feb. 11, 2021
The free express service connects riders to job opportunities within the 3,000-acre business park.

RIPTA announces assistance to Meals on Wheels

April 15, 2020
RIPTA is providing drivers and vehicles from its paratransit service to fill in gaps in the routes in the Pawtucket area.

In One of the U.S.'s First Deployments of Volkswagen Settlement Funds, RIPTA Leases Three Proterra Catalyst Electric Buses

Oct. 23, 2018
Proterra announced that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is deploying three 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses.