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/Hope/Benefit
  • 3 – Oakland Beach
  • 4 – Warwick Ave
  • 6 – Prairie/Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • 13 – Coventry/Arctic/CCRI
  • 14 – West Bay
  • 16 – Simmonsville Village Service
  • 17 – Dyer/Pocasset
  • 18 – Union Ave
  • 19 – Plainfield/Westminster
  • 20 – Elmwood Ave/T.F. Green Airport
  • 21 – Reservoir/Garden City/CCRI
  • 22 – Pontiac Ave
  • 27 – Broadway/Manton
  • 28 – Broadway/Hartford
  • 29 – Cowesset/Kent County
  • 30 – Arlington/Oaklawn
  • 31 – Cranston St
  • 32 – E. Prov/Wampanoag/Seekonk Sq.
  • 33 – Riverside
  • 34 – East Providence/Seekonk Square
  • 35 – Rumford/Newport Ave
  • 40 – Butler/Elmgrove
  • 49 – Camp St/Miriam Hospital
  • 50 – Douglas Ave/Bryant University
  • 51 – Charles St/Twin River/CCRI
  • 54 – Lincoln/Woonsocket
  • 55 – Admiral/Providence College
  • 56 – Chalkstone Ave
  • 57 – Smith St
  • 58 – Mineral Spring/North Providence
  • 60 – Providence/Newport (2 ways: East Main and West Main)
  • 63 – Broadway/Middletown Shops
  • 64 – Newport/URI Kingston
  • 66 – TF Green/CCRI Warwick/URl
  • 67 – Bellevue/Salve Regina Univ.
  • 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.Smithfld/Lncn 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
  • 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
Transmission: Allison B400R-5
0912-0935All currently reside at the RIPTA Newport Garage.
0915 and 0916 have been retired and spotted on the overflow lot scrapped.
2010Gillig/Cable
Car Classics
Trolley Replica ’35
Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison H 40 Ep
1001-10101001,1002,1004,1005, 1008, 1009, 1010 currently reside at the Newport garage while 1003, 1006, 1007 reside at the Providence garage. 1005 was spotted at the Providence garage for repairs and 1010 has been sent to Newport temporarily.
2010 Gillig BRT HEV
’40
Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison H 40 Ep
1021-10731028 – 1031, 1033-1036, 1039, 1042-1043, 1065, 1068 are retired. More units retiring “Due to age”. 1065 retired back in 2016 after an accident.
2010 Gillig BRT
’35
Engine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1081-1090
2013Gillig BRT
’40
Engine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1301-13501301-1314 currently wear “R Line” Livery. 1335 retired due to a fire.
2016Gillig BRT
’40
Engine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1601-1642
2018Proterra Catalyst 2
BE40
Electric Bus1811-1813Leased electric buses.
Used only on the R-Line. Presumed to be returned sometime 2022 – 2023. Currently not being used as 4/15/2022 (Last time showing tracking)
2019 Gillig BRT
’40
 Engine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1901-1933
1901-1908 reside at the RIPTA Newport Garage
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 low-frequency routes and routes that require smaller vehicles.
TBDNew Flyer XE40TBDTBDTBD14 Buses supposed to be assigned to the R-Line. Stated to be delivered Q4 of 2022
YearMake/ModelImageEngine/TransmissionNumbersNotes
RIPTA Bus Roster as of May 15th, 2022