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ADA/Paratransit Expansion Study

This fall, RIPTA will undertake an ADA/Paratransit service study to understand what it might look like to expand current paratransit-type to other areas of the state.

About RIde/ADA Paratransit

Just as the fixed-route system connects people to jobs, family, education, shopping, recreation, and more, RIPTA’s RIde paratransit service provides those connections for riders whose disabilities prevent them from independently using the fixed-route bus. Qualifying riders must apply and be approved to use RIde. In accordance with federal guidelines, paratransit riders can currently request rides that begin and end within three-quarters of a mile on either side of, and during the same hours of operation as, the RIPTA fixed-route bus. This allows RIPTA to provide paratransit riders with the same level of service as fixed-route riders.

About This Study

RIPTA is performing this study in response to a RI General Assembly request and will evaluate the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities traveling outside the current paratransit service area. RIPTA will consider the costs and benefits of a statewide program to better address these needs, and will consider possible alternatives. At the end of the year, RIPTA will produce a final report estimating the number of individuals potentially served by each alternative and the resources needed to support them.

Project Update: RIPTA Invites Public to Review Initial Findings

RIPTA is hosting two virtual public meetings to share initial findings from our ongoing statewide paratransit study and to seek additional public input before reporting back to the General Assembly.

Individuals with disabilities, older adults, and others who are unable to use RIPTA’s fixed-route bus system independently or have transportation needs that are not currently served by RIPTA’s RIde ADA paratransit service are encouraged to participate.

These virtual meetings are scheduled on Zoom as follows. Advance registration is required.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM – Click HERE to register.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM – Click HERE to register.

Please submit requests for ASL interpretation or other accommodations to or (401) 784-9500 by 12 PM on Monday, November 14, 2022. Closed captioning will be available through the Zoom platform at each meeting.

Project Timeline


Assessment Completed


Draft Program Design Completed and Public Feedback


Final Program Design Report Completed