The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has been working hard through the COVID-19 health crisis to keep our state moving in the safest manner possible. We have maintained regular service and are devoting about 200 work hours every day to the cleaning and sanitation of our fleet. Our passengers also help by wearing face masks and observing social distancing as much as possible. To learn more about our efforts please click here.
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. This information on this page will be updated as the situation evolves.
Effective Monday, April 19, 2021, RIPTA will be providing free transportation to people traveling to and from vaccination appointments on existing routes, as well as for our RIde paratransit passengers.
Is RIPTA offering free transportation to and from vaccination sites? Yes, we are offering free transportation for our fixed-route and RIde passengers. Click here for more information.
Yes. RIPTA is asking passengers to wear cloth face masks on board.
Yes. The Transportation Security Administration requires proper wearing of face masks, per federal law. Face masks are to be worn at all times. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, and may result in penalties. Face coverings can be made using scarf or extra cloth and should be used in addition to physical distancing and regular hand washing. The CDC requires masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and Transportation Hubs. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a disability or medical condition, you MUST call 784-9500 x2012 to request an exemption prior to traveling on board any RIPTA vehicle.
Click here for details.
To help ensure that there is enough room for proper social distancing, we have reduced the number of passengers on board.
No more than 20 passengers will be allowed on any fixed-route bus.
Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center
Newport Transportation Center
Pawtucket Transit Center
Photo ID Office at Kennedy Plaza
Photo ID Office at RIPTA Headquarters, 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
The Lost & Found Office is open by reservation only from 8:30am to 3:30pm on Monday through Friday.
To make a reservation, call 784-9500 ext. 2003.
Passengers must wear a mask. Restrooms are not available.
Consider switching to Wave – RIPTA’s new contactless smart fare system. Click here for details.
RIPTA Headquarters, 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Stop & Shop
We are now accepting renewal applications through the mail and online. Please click here for details. If you need an application mailed to you, please call 401-784-9500 ext. 2012.
To request a replacement card, print and fill out the Replacement Card Request Form. The Replacement Card Request Form and the damaged card must be mailed, along with the Replacement Card Fee, to the Photo ID Office at 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907. If you need a Replacement Card Request Form mailed to you, please call 401-784-9500 ext. 2012.
Find out if you or a member of your household qualify for a discount on internet, free computers, and resources to stay connected at home.
Click here for Internet Assistance for Low Income Families.
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.
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.
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.