RIPTA will operate all fixed-route services on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Thursday, November 11, 2021. All RIPTA offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, an official state holiday. RIPTA will offer free service on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021, to all Rhode Island veterans with proof of eligibility.

RIPTA will also offer free service for veterans to WaterFire – A Salute to Veterans on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

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RIPTA Notifies Passengers of New Federal Extension On Mask Mandate for Public Transportation

Mandate Has Been Extended through January 18, 2022

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is advising passengers that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the federal mandate requiring face masks to be worn when using public transportation – including trains and buses. The mandate, which has been in place since February 1, 2021, has now been extended through January 18, 2022.

The TSA issued the updated directive late last week. It states that face masks remain a requirement for passengers and employees on “all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems, airplanes, public transportation, and intercity surface transportation.”

“RIPTA will continue to follow all pertinent mandates and advisories as we work to keep our passengers and employees safe,” said Scott Avedisian, RIPTA’s Chief Executive Officer.

This marks the second extension of the federal mask requirement for public transportation which was first issued on January 31, 2021, and initially slated to expire on May 11, 2021. In April, the TSA announced that it was extending the mandate through September 13, 2021.

Passengers under the age of two and those who have a disability that prevents them from safely wearing a mask are exempt on RIPTA buses. Those who cannot comply due to a disability must contact RIPTA prior to traveling onboard any of its vehicles. They must seek an exemption in advance by calling Customer Service at 401-784-9500, ext. 2012. For general information on traveling safely with RIPTA during the pandemic, please visit

The Rhode Island Department of Health advised the public that people need to wear masks in a number of settings, whether they are vaccinated or not. These situations include:

  • Anytime a business, school, camp, healthcare setting or other entity requires it.
  • On public transportation, including buses, planes and trains.
  • At transportation hubs and when in enclosed, or semi-enclosed transit stops and waiting areas.
  • When working in a healthcare setting where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.
  • When required by other federal law or regulations.

With a Brown ID, Ride RIPTA Buses or Trolleys for Free!

 Current faculty, staff, and students are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anytime, anywhere in the state at no charge. Brown’s investment in the UPASS program is the latest effort in one of many transportation initiatives benefiting its employees, students, and the broader community.

Individuals with a Brown Visitor ID are not eligible for the RIPTA UPASS program.

How it Works

Swipe your Brown ID through RIPTA's new fareboxes and take a seat – it's that easy! Rides will be electronically counted and RIPTA will bill the University monthly. The University will review monthly statistics to ensure that only current, valid IDs are in use. IDs that are cancelled, lost, stolen, or obsolete will be reported to RIPTA and will not work with the new fareboxes.

IDs are for use on RIPTA only by the person pictured on the ID. Sharing your ID for RIPTA use is strictly prohibited and may result in your card being confiscated by the RIPTA driver.

RIPTA Contact Information

 The RIPTA information number is 401-781-9400. Additional RIPTA information can be found on the RIPTA website or by contacting RIPTA's Commuter Resource RI “Commute Advisors” at 1-888-887-4782.

Ask Your Auto Insurer!

 Some auto insurance companies provide lower rates based on annual mileage or type of use - commuting via RIPTA might save you money on your auto insurance. Check with your insurance carrier to see if you qualify.

Sign up for RIPTA Email Alerts

RIPTA also urges passengers to sign up for email alerts for the routes they use by visiting They can click on the route they would like to receive alerts for, and then click on “Receive Updates for This Schedule,” provide their email, and then click “Subscribe.”