RIPTA complies with federal transit guidelines and offers half-fare boarding to seniors and persons with disabilities, regardless of income, during *OFF-PEAK hours.  Passengers enrolled in this program are issued Wave photo ID smart cards. These passengers pay full fare during RIPTA peak service hours (7am-9am and 3pm-6pm) on weekdays. They can also use a Medicare Card to board.

*Weekends and Holidays are OFF-PEAK.

Click here to view the “How To Ride Guide” for Seniors.

If you are over the age of 65 and are also low income you may qualify for further assistance under RIPTA’s Reduced Fare Bus Pass Program for Low-Income Seniors and People with Disabilities.  Passengers who qualify for this program are currently able to ride for free. 

Please click here for more information.


New customer …… $10.00

Renewal customer $10.00

Damaged card. . . . $20.00

All replacements. . $20.00

Replacement cards are lost, stolen or damaged cards.

Damaged cards are cards that are bent, cracked or have any visible damage. To request a replacement card, print and fill out the Replacement Card Request Form.  The Replacement Card Request Form and the damaged card must be mailed, along with the Replacement Card Fee, to the Photo ID Office at 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907.

The replacement card fee is waived for cards that are malfunctioning. A malfunctioning card is a card that has no damage to it, but is unable to be read by the farebox. Once RIPTA verifies that the card is malfunctioning, and not damaged, a new replacement card will be mailed to you at no cost.

Money orders, credit cards and debit cards onlyNo personal checks will be accepted.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please call 401-784-9500 ext. 2012.

For a comprehensive guide to other transportation options for Seniors, see here.

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