RIPTA often receives feedback from passengers related to the current service in the West Bay area. We hear how the connections between routes are limited, and that some major destinations in the region have no service at all. The proposed changes are the start of an effort to reconfigure the bus service in the West Bay area in an effort to address these issues.
Transit Forward RI 2040 is the new transit master plan recently completed and adopted by the State to guide the State’s public transportation network. One of the recommendations of the plan is to provide local fixed-route service to new areas. In considering the plan’s recommendations, as well as feedback received from RIPTA passengers and drivers, RIPTA identified numerous areas with insufficient service levels or no service at all. The following are some of these areas:
Center of New England, Coventry
Bald Hill Road, Warwick
New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich
Jefferson Blvd., Warwick
Kent County Courthouse, Warwick
URI, South Kingstown
South County Hospital, South Kingstown
South County Commons, South Kingstown
The goal is to address the service shortfalls in the regional bus network. The proposed Fall 2021 changes begins to improve connections and provide access to more jobs, education centers, shopping opportunities, and services throughout the region. Proposed service to the locations listed above will be rolled out over the next few years, starting this fall. Future changes will continue the effort to improve connectivity and access to new locations. We are asking passengers to review the plan and provide comments regarding the proposed changes.
WEST BAY WORKSHOP
RIPTA will be hosting a virtual workshop on Thursday, May 20 from 6pm to 8pm to present the proposed changes and answer any questions you have.
The changes revolve around the implementation of two new transit centers in the West Bay area, which RIPTA will construct over the next two years with financial assistance from a Bus and Bus Facilities grant from the Federal Transit Administration. One is located at the Warwick CCRI campus, and the other in South Kingstown at the University of Rhode Island. RIPTA is excited about the travel opportunities that completing these projects will offer our passengers. These locations will allow for enhanced scheduling and routing flexibility. The numerous passengers that already ride transit to the schools will also benefit from improved connectivity. Both schools are enthusiastic partners who want to encourage transit usage in Rhode Island and to their campuses.
Fall 2021 Route Changes
Below is a brief description of each proposed route change followed by a link to a map of the service for you to explore. We invite you to review the proposed changes and submit your thoughts and suggestions directly on the map web page, or you can submit your comments via email to Marketing@RIPTA.com.
Route 29 will offer peak hour trips that deviate to serve Strawberry Field Rd., Buttonwoods Ave. and Long St. These trips will provide trips for high school students as well as the commuters currently using Route 8X. Commuters will have numerous transfer opportunities available at CCRI.
Service to Warwick Mall will be discontinued. Passengers going to Warwick Mall can transfer at CCRI to Routes 21, 22, or 30.
Service to Phenix Hotel will no longer be on this route; see route 13 for service to this location.
Route 29 will be rescheduled with an increase in frequency to operate every 75 minutes.