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
  • 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
  • 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 currently reside at the RIPTA Middletown Garage.
0915 and 0916 are retired. 0928 retired after an accident.
2010Gillig/Cable
Car Classics
Trolley Replica ’35
Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison H 40 EP
1001-1010Originally wearing a red livery. Later on, half were repainted green and some others remained red. Currently all feature green livery.

1001 is out of service
2010 Gillig BRT HEV
’40
Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison H 40 EP
1021-10731028 – 1031, 1033-1036, 1039, 1042-1043, 1048-1049, 1051 -1052, 1061, 1064- 1065, 1068 and 1072 are retired. More units retiring “Due to age”.

1065 retired back in 2016 after an accident.

Units Retiring
2010 Gillig BRT
’35
Engine: Cummins ISL9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1081-10901082 and 1086 are retired.
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
1601-1642Some have rear destination sign, some others do not.
2018Proterra Catalyst 2
BE40
Electric Bus1811-1813Leased electric buses.
Used only on the R-Line. Presumed to be returned sometime 2022 – 2023.
2019 Gillig BRT
’40
 Engine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
1901-1933
1901-1910 reside at the RIPTA Middletown 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 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 ELFA22201-2214FIRST UNIT SPOTTED (2201) in Rhode Island on I-95 heading to the Elmwood Garage. To be used in the R-Line.

2201, 2203, 2205, 2206 have been delivered
2022Gillig BRT
’35
TBAEngine: Cummins L9
Transmission: Allison B400R6
2220-22xxSpotted being in Connecticut and spotted arriving to the garage. Features a new livery.

10+ Buses
YearMake/ModelImageEngine/TransmissionNumbersNotes
RIPTA Bus Roster as of October 30th, 2022