Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

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RIPTA, or the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, is the provides public bus service for the whole state of Rhode Island, though their services are heavily concentrated to the eastern part of the state.

History

  • RIPTA was founded in 1964 by the Rhode Island General Assembly to supervise and take over the multitude of private bus routes operated in Rhode Island.
  • RIPTA began operating its own bus fleet on July 1st, 1966

Routes

  • RIPTA offers normal local service routes, express service for commuters or travel over long distances, a limited stop "Rapid Line", and "Flex" van service. Certain routes with high ridership and frequent service are considered "Key Corridor" routes.
  • Most non-Flex routes run out of at least one of RIPTA's three main transportaion hubs: Providence's Kennedy Center, Newport's Gateway Center, and Pawtucket's Pawtucket Transit Center

Local Service

Note: Bold indicates Key Corridor route

1, 4, 3, 6, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 49, 50, 51, 55, 56, 57, 58, 63, 64, 67, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 78, 80, 87, 92

Express Service

8X, 9X, 10X, 12X, 14, 54, 59X, 60, 61X, 62, 65X, 66, 95X, QX

Rapid Line

R-Line

Flex

16, 69, 70, 203, 204, 210, 211, 231, 242, 281, 282, 301

Facilities

RIPTA has two garage/maintenance facilities:

  • Providence: 265 Melrose Street
  • Middletown: 350 Coddington Highway

Fares

Fare Type Adults Seniors/Disabled
Cash On Board $2.00 Free, $1.00, or $2.00•
Transfers $1.00•• $1.00••
1-Day Pass $6.00 $6.00
7-Day Pass $25.00 $25.00
10-Ride Pass $20.00 $20.00
Monthly Pass $70.00 $70.00
RIde (Paratransit) $4.00 $4.00

•Free for all seniors and disabled people who have low incomes. For everyone else, the fare is the regular fare ($2.00) during peak hours (7:00 AM-9:00 AM, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM on non-holiday weekdays) and $1.00 during off-peak hours (All other times) ••Only charged if you pay the on board fare as opposed to a pass

Note: The 1-Day Pass is valid until 2 AM of the following day.

Roster

Current

Fleet numbers Thumbnail Year Manufacture Model Engine Transmission Notes
0515-0550 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 0517-a.JPG 2005 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0912-0935 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 0931-a.JPG 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R 0912 originally numbered 1001.
1001-1010 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 1010-a.jpg 2010 Gillig/Cable Car Classics Trolley Bus Replica HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
1021-1073 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 1024-b.jpg 2010 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP hybrid system
1081-1090 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 1087-a.jpg 2010 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
1301-1350 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 1328-a.jpg
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 1302-a.jpg
2013 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R First 12-15 units are under "R"-Line wrapped livery.
1601-1632 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 1608-a.jpg.jpg 2016 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
1740-1744 2017 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins L9 Allison B400R
1810-1812 2018 Proterra Catalyst E2
1901-1913 2019 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins L9 Allison B400R
  • 1913 spotted in delivery in August 2019.

Retired

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-15 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 6-a.jpg 1999 Chance AH-28 CNG Cummins B5.9G Allison Trolley replica
H100 1957 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270
  • Ex-Cranston Transvan C-3
  • Exx-CR&L 414.
400 1955 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270
  • Ex-Transit Line 400
  • Exx-Orange St. Bus Line 12.
401-402 1956 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 Ex-Transit Line 401-402.
403 1957 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270 Ex-Transit Line 403.
404-407 1960 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270
408-409 1965 GMC TGH-3501 GMC Toro-Flow Ex-Transit Line 408-409.
410 1966 GMC TGH-3501 GMC Toro-Flow Ex-Transit Line 410.
413 1954 GMC TGH-3102 GMC 270
0461-0485 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 0469-b.jpg 2004 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins ISC Allison B400R
501-503 1951 GMC TDM-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Manual
  • Ex-Transit Line 501-503
  • Exx-Short Line 201-202 & 204.
504 1950 GMC TDM-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Manual
505-506 1964 GMC TDH-3501 GMC Toro-Flow Ex-Auch Inter-Borough Transit 643 & 642.
507-508 1965 GMC TDH-3501 GMC Toro-Flow
  • Ex-Auch Inter-Borough Transit 651-652, 508
  • Exx-Huntingdon Coach 402.
701-702 1970 GMC PD-4905 Detroit Diesel 8V71 4-speed manual Ex-Bonanza Bus Lines 7011 & 7010.
761-769 RIPTA 767-a.jpg 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
0801-0805 1960 GMC TDH-4516 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-United Transit Company 0801-0805.
801-804 1980 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Detroit Diesel 6V53T Allison MT-643
831-835 1984 Neoplan USA AN460A
1801-1815 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
3801-3845 1953 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
4001 1966 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Manual Ex-Short Line/Bonanza Bus Lines 6623.
4002-4004 1967 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Manual Ex-Short Line/Bonanza Bus Lines 6724-6726.
4034, 4136, 4166, 4186 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 4136-a.jpg 1985 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)

RTS-06
(T8J-206)

Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Ex-New York City Transit Authority same #'s; bought in 2000.
4361, 4365-4366, 4368,
4384, 4386, 4388-4389,
4405-4406, 4467, 4473,
4489, 4493, 4495, 4502,
4504
RIPTA 4389-a.jpg 1986 GMC RTS-06
(T8J-206)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Ex-New York City Transit Authority same #'s; bought in 2000.
5001 1966 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
  • Ex-ABC.
  • Exx-MBTA 6020.
  • Acquired 1978.
5002 1967 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-MBTA 6154.
5003 1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
5004-5014 1963 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-MTA/MBTA 5059, 5081, 5056, 5061, 5073, 5052, 5087, 5084, 5039, 5076, 5049.
6001-6102 1966 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
7001-7030 1970 GMC T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
7801-7858, 7861-7879 1978 GMC RTS-03
(TW-7603)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
8001-8009 1970 GMC T6H-5306 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
8101-8134 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92T Allison V730
8501-8555 RIPTA 8531-a.jpg 1985 Volvo B-10M
8801-8864 RIPTA 8853-a.jpg 1988 Neoplan USA AN440A
9001-9006 (1st) 1970 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
9001-9028 (2nd) RIPTA 9007-9009-a.jpg 1990 TMC RTS-06
(T80-206)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
9201-9248 RIPTA 9213-a.jpg 1992 TMC RTS-06
(T80-206)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
9501-9502 1995 AVS AVS-22 Solectrica AC55 9501 to Greater Portland Transit District 9525.
9601-9602 1996 Nova Bus T70-206
RTS-06
Ex-Brockton Area Transit 9601-9602
9801-9850 RIPTA 9847-a.jpg 1998 Nova Bus RTS-06
(RTNFD82)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 275 hp
9930-9934 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 9934-a.jpg 1999 Nova Bus RTS-06
(RTNFD62)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 275 hp
16-19 RIPTA 17-a.jpg 2001 Chance AH-28 CNG Cummins ISB? Allison
  • Trolley replica.
  • Converted to diesel in 2008; repowered from Cummins B5.9G.
20 2003 Chance AH-28 CNG Cummins ISB? Allison
0030-0057 RIPTA 0031-a.jpg 2000 Nova Bus RTS-06
(T82VN)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 250 hp
0101-0127 RIPTA 0120-a.jpg 2001 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
0201-0205 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 0205-a.jpg 2001 NFI C30LF

References

RIPTA (official site)