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 >>

Facts & Figures

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is a quasi-public, independent authority. Established in 1966, RIPTA is authorized to operate public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

  • RIPTA has provided 54 years of statewide service (1966-2020)
  • Governed by an 8-member appointed Board of Directors
  • Serves 36 of 39 Rhode Island communities
  • Operates 7 days a week
  • Operates 2794 daily trips on weekdays, 1641 on Saturday, 1123 on Sunday on 59 statewide fixed bus routes
  • Operates ADA Paratransit Service statewide
  • Administers the statewide RIde program for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Operates Flex Service in 10 Rhode Island communities
  • Provides Park n’ Ride Service at 32 sites around the State of Rhode Island
  • Operates 11,111,495 million fixed-route vehicle miles annually
  • Maintains a fleet of 240 fixed-route buses, 94 paratransit vans and 17 Flex vans
  • Utilizes over 2,006,273.83 million gallons of fuel per year
  • Employs 800 people
  • Operates and maintains two facilities in Providence and one in Newport

FY 2020 Ridership:

Fixed-Route Bus 13,026,356

Flex Services 59,399

RIde Senior/ADA/Disabled Program 312,382

Van Pool Service – 62,079

Total – 13,460,216

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