August 5, 2013

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will implement fall service changes effective Saturday, August 24, 2013.   RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use. These fall service changes are part of the first phase of RIPTA’s implementation of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) which assessed the demand for transit service throughout the state. 

Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)

To ensure that Rhode Island’s transit services reflect the changes that have been occurring throughout the state, RIPTA has conducted a comprehensive evaluation, or COA, of its services.  As a result of the COA, proposed changes have been identified for each route.  These changes are designed to work within RIPTA’s existing budget and to direct transit resources where they would be most effective. 

RIPTA held public hearings on proposed service changes in all five Rhode Island counties on May 29, May 30, June 3, June 4, June 5, and June 6, 2013. Riders and non-riders had the opportunity to review the proposed changes and provide public comment. RIPTA’s Board of Directors approved the COA recommendations on June 17, 2013.

RIPTA is excited to announce that we will begin implementing these improvements over the next two years beginning with these fall service changes.  This is a cost-neutral project; the recommended changes are designed to work within RIPTA’s existing budget.

The COA is one of RIPTA’s major initiatives for the coming year, which also includes improvements to RIPTA facilities, technology and enhanced customer information.

Two years since the release of the Authority’s Strategic Plan, RIPTA is making progress in its efforts to maintain a strong bus system and improve its services in a fiscally responsible manner.

2013 Fall Service Changes

These annual changes are major and include trip time changes, route eliminations, route renaming, as well as rescheduling for better on-time performance.  

Other service changes include direct service from Coventry/West Warwick to Warwick Mall on Route 13 (Arctic/Washington); new improved frequency key corridor service on Routes 21 (Reservoir) and Route 31 (Cranston St.);  and the realignment of Routes 3 (Warwick Avenue), 30 (Arlington/Oaklawn), 32 (West Barrington), 34 (East Providence), 40 (Butler/Elmgrove), and 55 (Admiral/Providence College).   Route 56 (Chalkstone Ave.) will now serve the V. A. Hospital on all trips. 

Routes 26 (Atwells/RI College) and 53 (Smithfield Ave.) have been discontinued. Route 26 passengers may us the newly extended service on Route 92 (RI College / Federal Hill / East Side); Route 53 passengers may use Route 72 (Weeden/Central Falls).

Passengers are strongly encouraged to check RIPTA’s newly designed schedules for how service changes may affect them.  They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Fall Service Changes Effective August 24, 2013 that is available at Kennedy Plaza. For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit

The following routes will be affected by the fall service changes:

Weekday Schedule Changes-Fall 2013

Saturday Schedule Changes-Fall 2013

Sunday/Holiday Schedule Changes-Fall 2013

3 Warwick Avenue

13 Coventry / Arctic / Warwick Mall

18 Union Avenue

21 Reservoir / Garden City

26 Atwells / RI College

27 Broadway / Manton

30 Arlington / Oaklawn

31 Cranston Street

32 East Providence / Wampanoag

33 Riverside

34 East Providence

40 Butler / Elmgrove

49 Camp St.

53 Smithfield Avenue

55 Admiral / Providence College

56 Chalkstone Avenue

57 Smith Street

71 Broad Street

73 Mineral Spring / Twin River / CCRI

76 Central Avenue

80 Armistice Blvd.

90S North Scituate Park-n-Ride

90W Westerly Park-n-Ride

92 Rhode Island College / Federal Hill / East Side

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