Last winter, RIPTA launched a new no fare bus pass pilot program to understand the travel needs of low-income individuals who do not qualify for existing transit assistance programs.
RIPTA enrolled 775 individuals in the pilot program, aged 6 to 65, with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, who did not qualify for any existing transit benefit program. Twelve partner organizations, including homeless-serving organizations and community action programs, assisted with the enrollment effort, enabling participants to access unlimited travel on RIPTA’s fixed-route network through the end of January 2024.
Phase 2 of the Low-Income Pilot Program begins on February 1, 2024. Current pilot participants who want to continue receiving this transit benefit through April 30, 2024, must contact the organization that enrolled them in this program by February 9, 2024. Those who applied during events organized by Mathewson Street Church, Church Beyond Walls, Amos House, Crossroads RI, House of Hope, and the RI Coalition to End Homelessness should contact Mathewson Street Church directly to request a renewal.
Mathewson Street Church 134 Mathewson Street, Providence 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Those who applied through a local community action program (CAP agency) or Turning Around Ministries in Newport should contact them directly.