RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY INCREASES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST CORONAVIRUS AT ALL FACILITIES AND ON BUSES
The health and safety of passengers and our workforce is the top priority for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) as we work to keep our state moving every day. Accordingly, RIPTA is announcing enhanced facility-wide cleaning and sanitizing protocols implemented in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As part of our commitment to the citizens of Rhode Island, RIPTA will increase all vehicle and facility cleanings – including restrooms and surfaces frequently touched by passengers - as precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All public areas will be disinfected on a regular basis using EPA-approved and CDC-endorsed disinfectants. Surfaces cleaned on buses include seats, windows, grab rails, steps, and more.
RIPTA will continue to consult with the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate preventative measures are being utilized.
“Keeping our employees and our passengers safe is our top priority,” said Scott Avedisian, Chief Executive Officer of RIPTA. “That’s why we are increasing our cleaning measures but also stressing the importance of everyone following commonsense good hygiene measures such as washing your hands frequently and being careful not to touch your face.”
RIPTA has increased the frequency and intensity of all cleaning routines by utilizing EPA-approved, anti-viral cleaning agents in order to maintain the highest levels of sanitation. If you would like general news updates from RIPTA on this issue and service alerts in general, please visit https://www.ripta.com/service-alerts and fill out the blue “stay informed” box.
We remind our passengers and employees to please follow health and safety protocols established by the CDC. These include recommendations to:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that includes at least 60-percent alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with someone who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their healthcare provider before presenting for treatment.
Should you have questions or concerns about the coronavirus, please consult the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Rhode Island Department of Health website at https://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163.
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.
SOLAR PANELS BOOST BUS BATTERIES
Thanks to the technology of a Warwick-based company, RIPTA’s new, 2019 diesel buses are equipped with cost saving solar panels that boost vehicle battery life and performance. The panels, manufactured by eNow Inc. of Warwick, use solar energy to enable bus batteries to perform better when the vehicles are started and also help the batteries maintain an optimum charge level through the day.
“This project is a win on many levels,” said Scott Avedisian, RIPTA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are working with the state to introduce alternative energy sources into public transit and we’re partnering with a Rhode Island company.”
The panels were installed on 33 new diesel buses that are part of our regular fleet replacement as older buses are retired.
COMMUTE WITH ENTERPRISE – NOW WITH $60 OFF!
It’s time you learned about vanpool – it’s smarter than driving alone and better than a typical carpool. When you ride together, you’re helping the environment by using less fossil fuels and reducing commuter pollution.
Why Commute with Enterprise?-Save $60 per month through RIPTA-Recent model SUV, crossover or van with optional amenities, like WiFi-24/7 roadside assistance-Comprehensive physical and liability insurance-Month-to-month flexibility
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KNOW YOUR RIPTA!
Does your community group or business want to learn more about RIPTA services?
Jim Vincent, our Community Outreach Officer, recently spoke at January meetings of the Rotary Club of Providence and the Rotary Club of Warwick. He shared an overview of RIPTA services and new projects we are working on. In addition, RIPTA has a commuter outreach team that also works with schools, businesses, and senior centers to make sure people know how to use our system.
Exciting projects we’re working on include the start of new high-frequency service between Rhode Island Hospital and the Providence Train Station (https://www.ripta-dtc.com/). Also we are in pilot testing our new smart fare technology that will enable us offer a new mobile app and smart cards that will make boarding easier and let passengers manage their purchases through their own online accounts.
Let us know if you are part of a group that wants to learn more about the benefits of riding with RIPTA!
You can reach our team at [email protected].