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?
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.