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.
RIPTA Service To Run Holiday Schedule In Observance Of Victory Day Monday, August 12, 2019. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will run a Sunday/Holiday service schedule on Monday, August 12, 2019 in observance of Victory Day, an official state holiday. The Sunday/Holiday schedule will apply to all regular fixed-route buses and trolleys.
RIDE AND FLEX SERVICES RIPTA Flex Services, except for Route 210 (Kingston Flex Service) which will run on the holiday schedule, will not be available on August 12th. The statewide RIde Program will operate only ADA trips on August 12th. The Flex Service reservation line (1-877-906-FLEX) and the RIde reservation line (461-9760) will not be staffed on Monday. Regular service for both RIde and Flex will resume on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
KENNEDY PLAZA RIPTA offices, including the Photo Identification and Ticket Sales Offices in the Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center, will be closed on Monday, August 12, 2019, the official state holiday.
For more information on holiday schedules or other RIPTA services, passengers can call 781-9400 or visit ripta.com.
RIPTA RIDER OF THE MONTH
David N. of South Attleboro, MA
Meet David N., a Citizens Bank employee and a Providence native. David’s story is unique as he commutes from South Attleboro, Mass. and takes three RIPTAroutes to get to and from work daily. David has been riding RIPTA for the past 40 years; as a child exploring Rhode Island with his family, as a teen going to and from high school, and today to head to and from work in Johnston, Rhode Island.
“Honestly I can say that service overall is reliable and I can integrate the route options and schedules into my very busy daily routine, while getting to where I need to be,: David said. “Having been a rider over time, there are bus drivers that I have come to know or at least recognize and say hi. Having a visual impairment that restricts me from driving, RIPTA provides a reliable independent transportation option that works with my busy schedule.”
David has used RIPTA monthly passes throughout his many years of riding the bus. Citizens Bank is part of our employer program that allows employees to purchase fare products as a pre-tax deduction, allowing them to save significant tax money.
David has also tried our new Flash Pass mobile app. “It is simple to use, allows electronic purchase of many different fare products and operates in many of the same ways as other transit-systems apps,” he said. The Transit mobile app and RIPTA’s website have also been helpful in David’s daily commute, “for schedule information and to help track the location of an upcoming bus.”
For more information, or to discuss introducing the employer program at your workplace, call a Commuter Resource RI transit specialist at 401-784-9575 or email [email protected]ripta.com.
STOP BY OUR TRANSIT MASTER PLAN POP-UP EVENTS!
Share your ideas about the future of Rhode Island’s transit system! Throughout the month, we are organizing Transit Forward RI pop-up events across the state, giving you an opportunity to talk the Transit Forward RI team and RIPTA staff directly about their State of the System Report, transit strategy papers, and unique transportation challenges facing your community.
Look for us at transit hubs and other key locations around the state. Visit the Transit Forward RI website for the schedule of pop-ups, and check back often for updates! Interested in more ways to get involved?
ATTENTION RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES - FREE COLLEGE
Did you know you that you can enroll tuition-free at the Community College of Rhode Island for your first two years? All recent RI high school graduates can go to CCRI for free thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program regardless of their family income. Best part? You can ride RIPTA to any of CCRI’s four campuses!
For more information on this program, visit http://www.ccri.edu/ripromise/
RIPTA IN THE COMMUNITY
Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Seniors Day in the City
RIPTA is excited to participate at this event, which will be held on Saturday, August 24 at the Rhode Island Convention Center from 10:30AM to 2PM. Stop by the RIPTA table and say hello! RIPTA’s Photo Identification staff will be on site to provide bus passes to qualified seniors and individuals with disabilities with valid documentation. Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program identification cards for qualified people with disabilities and seniors cost $10.00 (cash only) and are valid for 2 years. For information on how to qualify for RIPTA’s Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities, customers can call 784-9500, ext. 1604 or visit ripta.com.
For more information on Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Seniors Day in the City event, please contact the Department of Senior Services at 401-421-2489.
DOMINICAN PARADE – SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
RIPTA will detour Route 6 (Prairie/Roger Williams Park Zoo) and the R-Line (Broad/North Main) from 8:30am until 12:30pm.
RIPTA CELEBRATES VICTORY DAY – MONDAY, AUGUST 12
RIPTA will operate all regular fixed-route buses and trolleys on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on in observance of Victory Day. RIPTA offices, including the Photo Identification and Ticket Sellers Offices in Kennedy Plaza, will not be staffed on the holiday.
CLASSIC CAR CRUISE AND FOOD TRUCK NIGHT - AUGUST 19
RIPTA will detour will detour Route 54 and Route 87 from 5pm to 9pm.
WOONSOCKET MAIN STREET CRUISE NIGHT – AUGUST 21
RIPTA will detour Routes 54 and 87 from 5PM to 9PM.
ROUTE 6 SERVICE MODIFIED FOR BREW AT THE ZOO ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
The Roger Williams Park Zoo will close early in preparation for Brew at the Zoo on August 24. RIPTA Route 6 (Prairie/R.W. Zoo) will not travel to the Zoo entrance after 12PM. Passengers can board Route 6 at the entrance to the Zoo parking lot after 12PM.
Thank you for understanding.