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RIPTA to Shift Resources to Provide Free Shuttle Service Connecting East Bay Commuters with RIDOT Ferry

December 18, 2023

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Beginning Wednesday, December 20, 2023, RIPTA Route 61x Service Will Be Temporarily Paused

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will run complimentary shuttle service to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) ferry beginning Thursday, December 21, 2023 until further notice. 

“Public transportation serves as a crucial component in alleviating traffic congestion,” said Scott Avedisian, RIPTA Chief Executive Officer. “RIPTA is proud to collaborate with RIDOT to provide a seamless and efficient commuting alternative for those affected by the closure of the westbound side of the Washington Bridge. We understand the challenges commuters face, and as such we are providing free RIPTA shuttle service to the ferry, ensuring a convenient and reliable connection between the East Bay and Providence.”

A complimentary RIPTA shuttle will be available to transport passengers from Colt State Park to the Bristol Ferry Landing in the morning and back in the afternoon. Visit RIPTA.com/FerryShuttle for the full RIPTA shuttle schedule.  In the morning, the RIPTA shuttle will pick up passengers at Colt State Park (Asylum Road Lot) and transport them to the Bristol Ferry Landing. Once ferry passengers arrive at the Providence Ferry Landing, the RIPTA shuttle will be available to transport passengers to Providence Train Station and Exchange Terrace (Bus Stop X).

In the afternoon, the RIPTA shuttle will pick up passengers at Providence Train Station and Exchange Terrace (Bus Stop X) to transport them to the Providence Ferry Landing. A RIPTA shuttle will be waiting at Bristol Ferry Landing to transport passengers back to Colt State Park.

In order to provide the connecting shuttle service, RIPTA will shift resources from one of its lowest performing routes. Beginning Wednesday, December 20, 2023, RIPTA will temporarily pause four Inbound and four Outbound trips on Route 61X service to provide this complimentary shuttle.

For more information on the RIDOT Ferry schedule, please click here.

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