RIPTA

Introduction

Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, or RIPTA, currently operates transit services for the state of Rhode Island. Most RIPTA routes centralize at the Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island.

Routes

Many bus routes comprise the RIPTA system. Routes are identified by number and are usually indicated on front and side destination signs. RIPTA’s main hub is Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island. RIPTA makes connections with MBTA and Amtrak at Providence Station.

Local Buses

One of RIPTA’s Gillig BRT Hybrids in Downtown Providence, RI
  • 1 – Eddy Street/Hope Street/Benefit Street
  • 3 – Oakland Beach
  • 4 – Warwick Ave
  • 6 – Prairie Ave/Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • 13 – Coventry/Arctic/CCRI
  • 14 – West Bay (2 ways: Newport or Narragansett)
  • 16 -Ball Hill Road/New England Institute of Technology/Quonset (New Route!)
  • 17 – Dyer/Pocasset
  • 18 – Union Ave
  • 19 – Plainfield/Westminster Street
  • 20 – Elmwood Ave/T.F. Green Airport (Some trips go to New England Tech)
  • 21 – Reservoir/Garden City/CCRI Warwick
  • 22 – Pontiac Ave/CCRI Warwick
  • 23 – Artic Center/Crompton/Centre of New England (New Route!)
  • 27 – Broadway/Manton Ave (2 ways: George Waterman or Woonasquatucket)
  • 28 – Broadway/Hartford Ave
  • 29 – CCRI Warwick/Conimicut
  • 30 – Arlington/Oaklawn
  • 31 – Cranston St
  • 32 – East Providence/Wampanoag/Seekonk Sq.
  • 33 – Riverside
  • 34 – East Providence/Seekonk Square
  • 35 – Rumford/Newport Ave
  • 40 – Butler/Elmgrove
  • 49 – Camp St/Miriam Hospital (Discontinued)
  • 50 – Douglas Ave/Bryant University
  • 51 – Charles St/Twin River/CCRI Lincoln
  • 54 – Lincoln/Woonsocket
  • 55 – Admiral Street/Providence College
  • 56 – Chalkstone Ave
  • 57 – Smith St
  • 58 – Mineral Spring/Smithfield Crossings/North Providence
  • 60 – Providence/Newport (2 ways: East Main or West Main)
  • 63 – Broadway/Middletown Shops
  • 64 – Newport/URI Kingston
  • 66 – TF Green/CCRI Warwick/URl Kingston
  • 67 – Bellevue/Salve Regina Univ.
  • 68 – CCRI Newport/Memorial Boulevard/First beach (New Route!)
  • 69 – Narragansett / Galilee
  • 71 – Broad St/Pawtucket Ave
  • 72 – Weeden/Central Falls
  • 73 – Mineral Spring/Twin River/CCRI
  • 75 – Dexter/Lincoln Mall
  • 76 – Central Ave
  • 78 – Beverage Hill Ave/East Providence
  • 80 – Armistice Blvd
  • 87 – Fairmount/Walnut Hill
  • 92 – RI College/Federal Hill/East Side
RIPTA Proterra Electric bus

Express Routes:

  • 9x – Pascoag Park-n-Ride10x – North Scituate Park-n-Ride
  • 12x – Arctic/117 Express Park-n-Ride
  • 59x – N. Smithfield/Lincoln Mall Park-n-Ride
  • 61x – Tiverton/East Bay Park-n-Ride
  • 65x – Wakefield Park-Ride
  • 95x – Westerly Park-n-Ride
  • QX – Quonset Express

Special Services:

  • R – R Line Broad/North Main (BRT Route)
  • 24L – Newport/Fall River/Providence

Flex Service

  • 203 – URI/Narragansett/S. Kingstown
  • 204 – Westerly Flex
  • 231 – South Aquidneck Flex
  • 242 – West Warwick/Coventry Flex
  • 281 – Woonsocket Flex
  • 282 – Pascoag/Slatersville Flex
  • 301 – Westerly/Hope Valley Rural Ride

Bus Fleet Roster

The bus fleet compiles mostly of Gillig BRTs in Hybrid and clean diesel varieties. The first two digits of the fleet number represent the last two digits of the year the vehicle was built. For example, 0901 would be built in 2009. Following this, it’s clear that 1301 would be a 2013 model.

YearMake/ModelImageEngine/ TransmissionNumbersNotes
2009Gillig Low Floor
’40
Engine: Cummins ISL EPA 2007
Transmission: Allison B400R-5
0912-0935All Units Retired and most units scrapped

Listed as spare buses.
2010Gillig/Cable
Car Classics
Trolley Replica ’35
Engine: Cummins ISB 6.7
Transmission: Allison 40 EP
1001-1010Originally all wearing a red livery. Later on, half were repainted green and some others remained red. Currently all feature green livery.

Most if not all units have been Rehabbed.

6 units reside in the Middletown garage, 4 reside at Elmwood.
2010 Gillig BRT HEV
’40
Engine: Cummins ISB 6.7
Transmission: Allison H 40 EP
1021-1073 (18 units out of 53 remain active)1026 – 1031, 1033-1037, 1039, 1042-1044, 1047-1049, 1051 -1054, 1057-1059, 1061, 1064- 1065 – 1069, 1071 -1073 are retired. More units retiring “Due to age”.

1065 retired in 2016 after an accident.

1054 Retired in 2022 after suffering brake fire while operating on the 9X. Its engine was removed and presumedly given to one of the Hybrid Trolleys

Units Retiring
2010 Gillig BRT
’35
Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1081-1090Only 1090 remains active as of Jan 2024

Replaced by a combination of 2050 – 2058 & 2220-2231

Units Retiring
2013Gillig BRT
’40
Engine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1301-13501301-1314 currently wear “R Line” Livery.

1335 retired due to a fire.

1314 has been OOS for 3 years after a mechanical failure while running in the R-Line

Some units have or are being currently rehabbed by RIPTA.
2016Gillig BRT
’40
Engine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1601-1642Some have rear destination sign, some others do not.

1619 was the first bus to be fitted with a operator barrier

Some units have or are being currently rehabbed by RIPTA.
2018Proterra Catalyst 2
BE40
Electric Bus1811-1813Leased electric buses.
Used only on the R-Line.

Update: The buses were purchased from the lease right before the lease expired.

Current status: Sidelined & presumedly Retired from service
2019 Gillig BRT
’40
 Engine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1901-1933
Many buses from this series transferred to the Middletown garage upon the retirement of the 09 series.

1901-1913 reside at the Middletown Garage

1916 is out of service after being involved in an accident while operating on the 14 inbound to Providence
2020 Gillig BRT
’40
Engine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
2001-2015
2020 Gillig BRT
29
Engine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
2050-2058Used on lower frequency routes and on routes that require smaller vehicles.
2022New Flyer XE40 “Xcelsior” RIPTA 2022 New Flyer XE40 on route display at the NEPTA Expo - Courtesy of RIPTA's Twitter PageSiemens ELFA2 320KWH configuration.2201-2214FIRST UNIT SPOTTED (2201) in Rhode Island on I-95 heading to the Elmwood Garage. To be used in the R-Line.

All Units Delivered Late 2022 – mid 2023.

Many units are in service and some other units are testing
2022Gillig BRT
’35
TBAEngine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
2220-22312220 & 2221 were the first to be put in service on Jan 18, 2023.

2220-2226 reside at the Middletown Garage

Features a new livery
2022Gillig BRT
’40
TBAEngine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
2240-2268 Features a new livery

2240-2250 Reside at the Middletown Garage

Order is for 28 40ft diesel buses to help replace the aging 2009 fleet and the retired BRT Hybrids
TBATBATBATBATBA2 standing RFPs for FY 24 and 25.

2024: 29 Fixed Route buses (most likely diesel powered). According to a capital budget plans, 3 more electric buses may be purchased which will most likely be part of this order.

2025: 25 Fixed Route buses (To be Hybrid-Electric powered) as funding was secured to convert these buses into Hybrid or Electric power. It is most likely this will be a hybrid bus order.
YearMake/ModelImageEngine/TransmissionNumbersNotes
RIPTA Bus Roster as of January 19rd, 2024