The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will implement fall service changes effective Saturday, September 2, 2017. RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use.
These fall changes include improved service between South County (including the University of Rhode Island’s South Kingstown campus) and Providence due to the redesign of Route 66 plus the introduction of a new Route 62. Both routes will include stops at URI, Wickford Junction, TF Green Airport, Kennedy Plaza and the Providence train station. Route 62 will provide a direct connection to the new Rhode Island Nursing Education Center at South Street Landing in Providence.
The fall service changes will also bring the elimination of some early morning and late evening trips on a number of routes due to lower ridership at those times. All passengers are urged to check new route schedules. The new schedules will be available online at www.ripta.com, at the Ticket Window in Kennedy Plaza, and at RIPTA Headquarters at 705 Elmwood Avenue beginning Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
2017 Fall Service Changes Overview
These annual changes are moderate and include reduced frequency, trip time changes, route redesign, and the launch of a new route.
Route 1 (Eddy/Hope) weekday service will now operate every 20 minutes instead of every 16-17 minutes.
Route 66 (URI/Galilee) has been completely redesigned and will be split into two services to create the new Route 62 (URI/CCRI). Route 62 will serve URI, Wickford Junction, CCRI Warwick, Providence Jewelry District, Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, Kennedy Plaza and the Providence Amtrak Train Station. Route 66 will serve Galilee, Narragansett, Wakefield, URI, Wickford Junction, Rte. 2 & 4 Park N’ Ride, CCRI-Warwick,TF Green Airport, Kennedy Plaza and the Providence Amtrak Train Station. All trips will terminate at Providence Train Station.
Both Routes 62 and 66 will serve Kennedy Plaza using Bus Stop X on the Outbound and Bus Stop Y on the Inbound. Between Routes 62 and 66, RIPTA will offer 30-minute service all day between URI and Providence Train Station, and 15-minute peak hour service during the URI academic year.
Route 92 (East Side/Federal Hill/RI College) weekday service after 7:30pm will now operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes.
Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how service changes may affect them. They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Fall Service Changes Effective September 2, 2017 that is available at Kennedy Plaza; the leaflet is also viewable online.
The following routes will be affected by the fall service changes so passengers will need to check new schedules:
13 Arctic/Coventry/Warwick Mall
20 Elmwood Ave./T.F. Green Airport
78 Beverage Hill Ave. /East Providence