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.

New Information

RIPTA’S Winter Service Changes To Take Effect Saturday, January 18, 2020

Major Changes Include Increased Frequencies, Route Extensions and Relocated Bus Stops

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will implement winter service changes effective January 18, 2020. This round of changes includes some key improvements for our passengers.  Route 72 (Weeden/Central Falls), which is the third busiest route in our system, will now operate at a higher frequency and for longer hours.  Also, several routes will now be funneled through our new Downtown Transit Connector (DTC), which is a high-frequency transit corridor running from the Hospital District in Providence to the Providence Train Station.  Extending existing routes through he corridor creates better downtown connections for some passengers, giving them direct service to key destinations such as the Rhode Island Hospital and the Train Station. RIPTA makes regular service adjustments several times a year in response to seasonal changes and passenger use, and the transit authority is excited to bring these latest improvements to our passengers.

Improved Frequency and Better Connections Via Downtown Corridor

Beginning Saturday, January 18th, Routes 3, 4, 51, 54, 58, 62 and 72 will be routed through the DTC in Providence.  For passengers traveling into the city from the north on Routes 51, 54, 58 and 72, this means that their routes will now connect directly to Rhode Island Hospital and the nearby Jewelry District.  Passengers coming into Providence from the south on Routes 3, 4, and 62 will have a direct connection to the train station since those routes have been extended northward and will no longer end at Kennedy Plaza.   Route 72 will also see an increase in frequency and service hours, with frequency being increased to every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. Service on that route will also operate later into the evening with trips running until 11:00pm on weekdays, and 10:30pm on Saturdays. Weekday frequency will also increase on Routes 3 and 4 during the midday, and hours of service on those two routes will increase as well. Those two routes combined will now offer a service frequency of every 20 minutes.

The seven routes traveling the DTC, will create high-frequency bus service (every 5 minutes in each direction), between the Providence Amtrak/MBTA Station and the Hospital District in Upper South Providence.  There are six paired stops along the corridor which incorporates Eddy

Street, Dorrance Street, Kennedy Plaza and Exchange Street.  Part of the route will include the state’s first “bus only” travel lanes which will enable RIPTA buses to travel separate from other vehicle traffic.   Some of the stops will feature larger, new shelters that include enhanced passenger amenities such as digital display boards with real-time bus arrival times.  It is important for passengers to note that while bus service begins running along the DTC on January 18, the shelter construction is not complete. As a result, passengers need to use existing stops along the corridor.  Shelter work is expected to be completed in the spring. For more detailed information on the DTC project, please visit

Bus Stop Changes and other Winter Service Changes

To accommodate the new DTC service and also to optimize our system performance, RIPTA is reassigning 12 bus stop assignments at Kennedy Plaza.   Routes 3, 4, 6, 17, 18, 19, 31, 51, 54, 55, 62, and 72 will be assigned to different stops within the Plaza.  There is signage in the Plaza, pocket maps for passengers, and staff has also been at the Plaza conducting informational outreach.  The information is also available on line at  This round of seasonal service changes also includes minor or moderate adjustments to some other routes. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how these service changes may affect them.  They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Winter Service Changes Effective January 18, 2020 that is available at Kennedy Plaza; the leaflet is also viewable online at

The following routes will be affected by the winter service changes:

3 Oakland Beach

4 Warwick Ave.

6 Prairie/Roger Williams Park Zoo

8X Jefferson Blvd.

17 Dyer/Pocasset

18 Union Avenue

19 Plainfield/Westminster

20 Elmwood Ave./T.F. Green Airport

30 Arlington/Oaklawn

31 Cranston Street

34 East Providence/Seekonk Square

40 Butler/Elmgrove

51 Charles/CCRI/Twin River

54 Lincoln/Woonsocket

55 Admiral/Providence College

58 Mineral Spring/North Providence

61X Tiverton/East Bay Express

62 URI/Providence Station

72 Weeden/Central Falls

87 Fairmount/Walnut Hill

95X Westerly Park-n-Ride

203 Narragansett Flex

Planning for Transit Can Be a Win for Commercial Property Owners

Study after study shows that public transportation is key to economic development, but did you know that developers and commercial property owners can help public transit and transit users as well? Our CEO, Scott Avedisian, recently had an opportunity to speak before the RI Building Owners Association. One of the points he made was that if developers involve RIPTA in their planning processes, we can help them make sure that commercial developments have the proper space and turning areas for our buses to provide service to those locations. This kind of collaborative work is a win for employers, employees and customers. Thank you to the association for inviting us and having such an engaged audience!

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Got Transit Ideas?

How can we make your public transportation network better?
Be part of the discussion! We're hosting a Transit Pop-Up in Kennedy Plaza and a Transit Workshop in Middletown.


We're popping up on Thursday, October 3 in Kennedy Plaza near Bus Stop H from 2:30PM to 5PM. Look for the banner! We'll be collecting your feedback and answering questions.


On Thursday, October 10, 2019, our Transit Forward team will be at the
Middletown Town Hall from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM presenting three transit scenarios. Review the options and tell us which best aligns with your vision for the future of transit in Rhode Island.

Can't make it to the pop-up or workshop? Not to worry!

Click here to learn about the range of potential transit investments and the major differences between them. Look for information about high capacity transit services such as light rail and regional rapid bus service, improvements to existing services such as more frequent service for longer hours, and expansion to new areas such as crosstown and special event services. Explore the metro area and statewide maps on the site, read the overview of three scenarios, and view a copy of the public presentation. Post your comments on the blog and the interactive map, and sign up to receive regular TMP project updates. Just be sure to share your feedback by Friday, October 25!

For more information on this project, visit

All-Electric At Your Service

Have you seen some ‘different’ looking buses lately?

Those are our zero-emission, all-electric buses that are part of our electric bus pilot program. The three leased vehicles are now being tested in service – primarily along Route 20 (Elmwood Avenue/T.F. Green Airport). The goal is for us to gather enough data and have enough first-hand experience to make an informed decision when it is time to consider buying electric buses for our fleet the near future. To read more about this pilot program, which is largely funded by Volkswagen settlement funds, click here.

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RIPTA is holding three public hearings this month on a new proposed fare structure.

RIPTA is not proposing an increase in its base fare.
Under the proposed restructuring, the base fare of $2 per boarding will remain the same, but other fares and products would be changed as the Authority prepares for the launch of its new smart fare collection system with reloadable fare cards and more options for passengers. That system is slated to launch in early 2020.

Proposed changes to be addressed at the hearings include the introduction of new fares, the discontinuation of transfers for cash fares, and the discontinuation of the 10-ride and seven-day passes.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
RIPTA Headquarters
705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
Time: 6pm - 8pm

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Pawtucket City Hall
137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI
Times: 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm

Click here for more details.



RIPTA will operate all regular fixed-route buses and trolleys on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, October 14, 2019 in observance of Columbus Day. RIPTA offices, including the Photo Identification and Ticket Sellers Offices in Kennedy Plaza, will not be staffed on the holiday. Click here for details.


Routes 50, 56 and 57 will be detoured beginning at 8AM on Thursday, October 3 through 8AM on Monday, October 7. Gaspee Street will be closed during this time. Click here for details.


RIPTA will detour Route 66 from 10am to 6pm. Click here for details.


RIPTA will detour 1, 3, 4, 21, 30, 33, 34, 35, 51, 54, 55, 60, 66, 72, 78, 92 and the R-Line will be detoured from 9am to 12pm. Route 50, 56, 57 will be detoured from the first trip of the day until 12PM. Click here for details.


RIPTA will detour Route 92 (RI College/Federal Hill/East Side) to accommodate the Columbus Day Festival. The detour will be in effect from the first trip of the day on Saturday until the last trip of the night on Monday. Click here for details.


RIPTA will detour Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 17, 19, 21, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 50, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 66, 72, 78, 92 and the R-Line. RIPTA Bus Stops V, W and Y will be temporarily relocated during this time. Click here for details.


RIPTA will detour Routes 1, 33, 34, 35, 60, 78 and 92. Click here for details.