PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is implementing fall service changes effective Saturday, August 23, 2014.
RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use.
These fall service changes are also part of the fourth phase of RIPTA’s implementation of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis which assessed the demand for transit service throughout the state.
The changes are moderate and include the start of selected fall services, trip time changes, route enhancements, as well as rescheduling for better on-time performance.
The following routes will be affected by the fall service changes:
- R-Line Broad/North Main
- 1 Eddy/Hope/Benefit
- 18 Union Ave.
- 27 Broadway/Manton
- 28 Broadway/Hartford
- 29 Kent County
- 32 East Providence/Wampanoag
- 34 East Providence
- 40 Butler/Elmgrove
- 50 Douglas Ave.
- 60 Newport/Providence
- 64 Newport/URI
- 66 URI/Galilee
- 67 Bellevue/Mansions/Salve Regina University
Fall services scheduled to start August 23 include daily service on Route 67 (Bellevue/Mansions/Salve Regina University) to Salve Regina University and Marble House. Also, additional morning and late evening trips have been added on Route 60 (Newport/Providence), including an 8:02AM weekday trip from the Franklin St. Park & Ride in Warren, a 6:30AM trip from Providence to Newport on Saturdays, and two additional late evening trips from Newport back to Providence.
Service frequency will increase on Broadway in Providence to every ten minutes with Routes 27 (Broadway/Manton) and 28 (Broadway/Hartford) alternating service, each running every 20 minutes. Route 50 (Douglas Ave.) will also provide service every 20 minutes. Route 49 (Camp Street), originally proposed for elimination, will continue to serve Miriam Hospital and the surrounding area.
RIPTA has also added additional service on several Providence routes to accommodate Providence high school students.
Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how service changes may affect them. They may also pick up a leaflet that’s available at Kennedy Plaza and viewable online.