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Welcome to Wave – RIPTA’s new smart fare collection system!

The Wave smart card is a permanent, rechargeable card used to pay your bus fare that you can easily manage online. It is plastic and embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card.

The Wave mobile app lets you quickly buy bus fares on your phone.  When ready to board the bus, open the app, and scan it under the validator.

Once you add value to your Wave account, the Wave reader will deduct $2 from your stored balance when you tap your card or scan your app when you board. The $2 fare entitles you to one hour of unlimited rides!

What are the benefits of Wave?

  • Pay only $2 for ONE HOUR of unlimited rides!
  • Earn As You Go – You no longer have to purchase a Day Pass or Monthly Pass upfront. Each ride gets you closer to earning a Day or Monthly Pass.
  • Set up Auto Reload option. This feature allows you to set up Stored Value or pass products to automatically reload to your Wave when your Stored Value runs low. You choose how much Stored Value or which pass product you want to set up to Auto Reload.
  • You never have to remember exact change. The fare amount is deducted from the stored value every time you ride.
  • Secure ticket purchasing with your credit or debit card.
  • Never lose your fare! Account balance and passes can be easily transferred if your registered Wave smart card or your phone is lost or stolen.
  • More durable than traditional paper passes.
  • Board the bus faster.

What should I do with my unused paper fare products?

You can transfer the value over to your new Wave card by filling out this form and then mailing your unused fare products to RIPTA.

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