ALERT: The Wave smart fare system will be undergoing routine maintenance on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 6am to approximately 10am. Reloading and the purchase of fare products in the mobile app, online and at third party retailers will be unavailable during that time. Please note, you may see a user error on the app or when tapping/scanning onboard at the Wave reader.

ALERT: Due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many RIPTA Offices and transit centers are closed. Details >>


As part of our transition to Wave, RIPTA’s new smart fare technology, we will no longer accept paper fare products on board next year (paper fare products will be accepted on board through December 31, 2021).

If you have unused fare products, not to worry! You can transfer the value over to your new Wave account by filling out this form and then mailing your unused fare products to RIPTA. If you currently purchase fare products from RIPTA in bulk, please disregard this Exchange. A RIPTA representative will be reaching out to you to discuss your transition to Wave.


At this time, Wave smart cards are available by mail only. To request a smart card, visit  and then click “Create An Account” or “Register” in the top right. Registering is free and once registered you can order a Wave card with a $5 activation fee. Or, email us at, or call 401-784-9500 ext. 2012.

Once you have a Wave card, please complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the form below, using the same Name and Email associated with your Wave card, and click “Submit,” so that we know your fare products are on the way.
  • Print the completed form.
  • Mail the completed form and unused fare products to:

ATTN: Customer Service Department
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
705 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

RIPTA is not responsible for any lost mail. You are strongly encouraged to mail your fare products using a traceable delivery method. This will minimize the risk of your documents getting lost. A traceable delivery method lets you confirm the receipt of your package at the intended destination. Traceable delivery methods include:

* USPS Certified Mail
* USPS Registered Mail
* USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation
* USPS Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation
* USPS Express Mail (for overnight delivery requests) traceable delivery method

Once received, RIPTA will transfer the value of your unused fare products to Wave. There is a maximum limit of $250 that can be added to a Wave card. will receive a phone call or email once the transfer has been completed.   Please allow 3-6 weeks from the time you mail your package to complete the transfer.  The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19, which may result in delayed delivery. Unfortunately, we are unable to exchange fare products in person at this time.  We are only able to accept products that are mailed.

    Which fare products are you exchanging? Do not forget to subtract value from partially used RIPTIKs and 10 Ride Passes.

    Product Quantity Remaining Number of Rides Total Value $USD
    Day Pass $
    7 Day Pass $
    10 Ride Pass $
    Change Card $
    RIPTIK $

    Each RIPTIK is worth $2.00. Each remaining ride on a 10 Ride Pass is valued at $2.00.

    What is the total value of the fare products you are exchanging? (Will be generated automatically)

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