Service During Severe Winter Weather
The first priority is always safety. Buses will run on major streets and highways that are cleared first by snow removal crews.
When a storm hits
If winter weather affects bus service, expect updates on this site, Twitter (@RIPTA_RI) and on Facebook (RideRIPTA). You can also call 401-781-9400. Local radio and television stations will be updated on the status of service during storms.
If you must travel – put safety first
When extreme winter conditions exist, it is always safest to stay where you are. If you absolutely must travel, the bus or train is often your best option.Buses will stop on level surfaces where it is safe to do so. Remain away from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop.
Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors.
Plan ahead and take an earlier trip to make sure you arrive on time. Remember – if conditions are slowing traffic, buses will be delayed. Be assured that your driver is doing everything possible to stay on schedule while maintaining safety.
Service interruptions due to winter weather
RIPTA may detour buses on a route-by-route basis if conditions warrant.
If a route is placed on detour, an alert will display on its online schedule page and on the Detours & News page. We'll regularly post updates on detours to this site, Twitter (@RIPTA_RI) and to Facebook (RideRIPTA).
After the storm – the return to regular service
Depending on the storm's severity, it may take hours to days for detoured buses to return to their regular routes. Again, check back to this site, Twitter,Facebook or call 401-781-9400 to find out when regular service will resume.