The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced today the launch of their Bus Stop Realignment Project which will consolidate bus stops statewide. The intent of this project is to improve passenger experience and route efficiency through more consistent spacing of stops. The removal and realignment of many stops system wide will allow RIPTA to reduce bus stop redundancy, operate more efficiently, reduce conflicts with neighboring properties and parking, and focus investment on the remaining bus stops.
In a recent in-depth review of their bus stops, RIPTA estimates that nearly 10 percent of the 5,000 bus stops in its statewide system do not adhere to RIPTA’s own Service Guidelines; many stops are too close together. The guidelines reflect the industry standard of approximately 900 feet (about a two to three minute walk) average distance between stops. The distance slightly increases or decreases dependent upon the route type and community density. RIPTA will be removing bus stops to meet policy standards. These changes are designed to minimize impact on the riders while increasing efficiencies.
Beginning this July, RIPTA is planning on reducing the number of closely spaced bus stops on all routes. This consolidation will result in faster moving buses operating on a more reliable schedule. The Bus Stop Realignment Project will reduce energy consumption and emissions, while reducing operating and maintenance costs.
Exceptions to these guidelines should only be made in locations where walking conditions are particularly dangerous, significant topographical challenges impede pedestrian access, and where other factors compromise safe bus operations and dwelling.
Passengers can expect to see Bus Stop Realignment Project signage at bus stops slated for removal one week in advance of extraction. Elected officials will be notified of stop removals happening in their community by RIPTA representatives. The Bus Stop Realignment Project is expected to be completed in the next year. Once complete, passengers will enjoy a faster and more reliable service.
For more detailed information, including an implementation schedule, visit ripta.com/stops.
For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400.