RIPTA UPass

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 Summer Service Changes To Take Effect Saturday, June 22, 2019

 

Minor Changes Include Seasonal Service Startups and Trip Time Changes

 

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is making summer service changes and highlights include the return of the Beach Bus, adjustments to the new Quonset Express pilot program and some modifications on Route 61X to help better serve Warren area businesses. RIPTA makes service changes three times a year in response to seasonal needs and changes in ridership patterns. The new summer service changes take effect on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

2019 Summer Service Changes

 

This year’s summer changes are mostly minor and include the start of selected summer services and some trip time adjustments, including increased frequency on Route 67 (Bellevue/Mansions) and the resumption of free shuttle service to the Providence Newport Ferry.
Trips have been added on Route 95X to accommodate CCRI students in Westerly, as well as passengers boarding in Wyoming, Hopkinton and at the Exit 7 Park-n- Ride Lots.
The QX, Quonset Express, has been modified to accommodate Quonset employees living outside of Providence. Service will now begin from downtown Pawtucket and service the Park-n-Ride along Broadway (Pawtucket), as well as Cranston.

Express Weekend Service to South County Beaches Available June 22 – August 25

 

Starting June 22ND, the Beach Bus resumes for the season with express buses from Woonsocket (John Cummings Way at Community Care Alliance), Cranston City Hall, Central Falls (Dexter & West Hunt Streets), the Pawtucket Transit Center and North Providence City Hall. The Beach Bus runs on weekends and holidays only to the Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler and Scarborough beaches in South County. These buses will stop at Kennedy Plaza, with the exception of the bus leaving from Central Falls and Pawtucket. The fare for these express buses will be the regular bus fare of $2.00 one-way.
In addition, there is daily year-round service on Route 66 (URI/Galilee) from Kennedy Plaza running every 60 minutes to the South County beaches. So if passengers want to come home early or late, they have more options.
Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how service changes may affect them. They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Summer Service Changes Effective June 22, 2019 that is available at Kennedy Plaza; the leaflet is also viewable online. For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com

The following routes will be affected by summer service changes:

 

  • QX Quonset Service 
  • 1 Eddy/ Hope/ Benefit 
  • 13 Coventry/ Arctic/ Warwick Mall 
  • 29 Kent County 
  • 61X Tiverton / East Bay Express 
  • 66 URI / Galilee 
  • 67 Bellevue / Mansions 
  • 71 Broad St. / Pawtucket Avenue 
  • 95X Westerly Express 
  • Express Weekend Beach Bus 
  • Providence Newport Ferry Shuttle

June RIPTA Newsletter

 

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SUMMER SERVICE CHANGES – WEEKEND EXPRESS BEACH BUS IS BACK!

RIPTA will implement summer service changes effective Saturday, June 22, 2019. RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use. These annual changes are minor include the start of selected summer services and trip time changes.

WEEKEND AND HOLIDAY ONLY Express beach bus service to South County Beaches runs June 22 - August 25.

Click here for details.

MORE THAN 18 MILLION TRIPS TAKEN ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN RHODE ISLAND

Find Out More With New State of System Report

Did you know that more than 18 million trips were taken on public transportation in Rhode Island last year? The majority of those were bus trips with RIPTA(about 16.1 million trips), but the overall number also includes commuter rail, ferry and Amtrak. That statistic is just one of dozens of interesting facts that you can find in the recently-released “State of the System” report. The report is an important milestone as RIPTA works with partner state agencies to create the first Transit Master Plan for Rhode Island’s future. The master plan work is expected to be completed later this year, and public input is encouraged. Take some time to read the State of the System report and share your thoughts! Click here to read the report.

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GREEN ENERGY

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RIPTA was excited to take part in the annual spring meeting of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance recently. Held at the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park. The evening’s program included remarks from RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian, and one of our new, leased Proterra electric buses was on display.

SERVICE ALERTS

HOPE STREET SPRING BLOCK PARTY – SATURDAY, JUNE 1

RIPTA will detour Route 1 beginning at 9am until 7:30pm.

Details here.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HEART WALK - SUNDAY, JUNE 2

RIPTA will detour Routes 1, 3, 17, 19, 21, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 50, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57 60, 66, 72, 78, 92 and the R-Line. Francis Street will be closed during this time.

Click here for details.

GASPEE DAYS PARADE – SATURDAY, JUNE 8

RIPTA will detour Route 3 (Warwick Ave.) from the first trip of the day until 2pm.

Click here for details.

PVD FEST – FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – SUNDAY, JUNE 9

RIPTA will detour Routes 1, 3, 6, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 50, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 62, 66, 72, 78, 92 and the R-Line. Kennedy Plaza will be closed all day and night for the event. All bus stops in Kennedy Plaza will be temporarily relocated to Empire Street during this time. All Park-n-Ride trips will be detoured on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Details here.

PRIDE PARADE & CELEBRATIONS – FRIDAY, JUNE 14 & SATURDAY, JUNE 15

RIPTA will detour Routes 1, 3, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 50, 51, 55, 54, 56, 57, 92 and the R-Line on Saturday, June 15 in order to accommodate the RI Pride Parade. In addition, Routes 35, 60 and 78 will be detoured all day and night on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15.

Click here for details.

KIDS FUN CELEBRATION – SATURDAY, JUNE 22

RIPTA will detour Route 19 from 9:45am until 3:15pm that day. Plainfield Street will be closed between Laurel Hill Avenue and Merino Street during that time.

Click here for details.

FEDERAL HILL SUMMER FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, JUNE 22 – SUNDAY, JUNE 23

RIPTA will detour Route 92 from 10am on Saturday, June 22 through Midnight on Sunday, June 23.

Click here for details.

ROUTE 6 SERVICE MODIFIED FOR ZOOBILEE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, the Roger Williams Zoo's largest annual fundraiser, will be held on Saturday, June 29. All proceeds from the event and the auction help to support the Zoo's environmental education and wildlife conservation programs.

PLEASE NOTE: The Zoo will be closed in preparation for Zoobilee on Saturday, June 29. RIPTA Route 6 (Prairie/R.W. Zoo) will not travel to the Zoo entrance on Saturday. Passengers can board Route 6 at the entrance to the Zoo parking lot.

RIPTA IN THE COMMUNITY

STATEWIDE CAMPUS INVASION

RIPTA’s Commuter Resource RI team will be attending Providence College, URI, and Salve Regina University student orientations throughout the month of June.

Our staff will be promoting and orientating the parents and students on how to use RIPTA and connect to rail and more! Stop by the RIPTA booth to learn about your green travel options and pick up some cool RIPTA swag.