RIPTA offers a special Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program that allows qualifying low-income seniors (age 65 or over) and low-income persons with disabilities to travel free for two years. Participants in this no fare program are issued a “Valid All Day” photo identification card that they use to board the bus. To apply for this program please see information below.
RIPTA also complies with federal transit guidelines and offers half-fare boarding to seniors and persons with disabilities, regardless of income, during OFF PEAK hours. Passengers enrolled in this program are issued “Valid Off Peak” photo identification cards. These passengers pay full fare during RIPTA peak service hours (7am-9am and 3pm-6pm) on weekdays. They can also use a Medicare Card to board.
Qualified U.S. military veterans are encouraged to apply for RIPTA’s reduced fare programs as they may be eligible for transportation benefits on RIPTA’s fixed-route service. Visit http://www.vets.ri.gov/ for more information on Veterans’ services in Rhode Island.
Applications for this program must be submitted in person at RIPTA’s Photo Identification office which is open at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence on Monday’s and Wednesdays and at our headquarters at 705 Elmwood Avenue on Tuesdays and Thursday. (See hours below.) Links to printable versions of applications are on this page. If you need an application mailed to you, please call Customer Service at 401-784-9500, ext. 2012. All completed applications must be presented in person at the Photo Identification office locations during the following hours:
|PHOTO IDENTIFICATION OFFICE||HOURS OF OPERATION|
|Kennedy Plaza Providence||Monday & Wednesday||9am – 12:00pm & 1pm -4 pm|
|705 Elmwood Avenue Providence||Tuesday & Thursday||9am – 12:00pm & 1pm – 4pm|
The passes issued for these programs are valid for two years and there is a $10 processing fee per issuance. They are not transferable and will be confiscated if used by another individual that is not the person pictured on the pass. There is also a fee to replace cards that are lost or stolen.
New customer — $10.00
Renewal customer — $10.00
Replacement cards — $20.00
Replacement cards are lost, stolen or damaged cards.
Damaged cards are cards that are bent, cracked or have any visible damage. All damaged cards must be returned to the Photo ID Office, 401-784-9500 ext. 2012.
Cash or business checks only. No personal checks will be accepted.
In order to assist people in obtaining their RIPTA ID cards, the staff from RIPTA’s Photo Identification Office visit senior centers around the state every Friday on a rotating schedule.