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RIPTA Rolls Out Service Changes to Rhode Island College



The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has made several route and service changes that will affect Rhode Island College students beginning Saturday, Aug. 24.

The changes, which are part of a major reworking of RIPTA’s schedule, are being instituted to better connect RIC students, faculty and staff, according to Amy Pettine, RIPTA planning and marketing director.

“We’ve conducted a comprehensive operational analysis to assess demand in our service area,” Pettine said. “It has allowed us to look at how we are distributing the previous resources we have as market demands shift.”

The major changes to RIC service put college community riders on one bus line, a move RIPTA said will make service easier to understand. Riders will now be using the redesigned 92 Trolley Line, which will service Federal Hill along Atwells Avenue and continue through downtown Providence. Trips will continue via the East Side Tunnel to Fox Point, via Brook Street to Wickenden Street, then to East Side Marketplace via Pitman Street.

The new Route 92 line will provide more frequent service and later services as follows:

  • Weekday service every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday service every 30 minutes from 6:20 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday service every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Related to the changes are the following:

  • Since Route 92 will provide Sunday service to RIC, Route 27 Broadway-Manton limited Sunday service to and from RIC will be discontinued.
  • Route 55 Admiral/Providence College, which will be shortened to operate between Fatima Hospital and downtown Providence (no longer serving RIC) as the upgrades in service to Route 92 to RIC will make existing Route 55 service redundant.
  • Route 26 Atwells will be discontinued.

The changes are the result of a planning analysis, conducted by RIPTA, which included rider surveys, online feedback conversations, and community events that were held throughout the state to elicit rider comments and suggestions.

Some RIC students have expressed concern with the new schedule, which has the last bus leaving campus 20 minutes earlier than in the previous schedule. As a result, students with classes ending at 9:50 p.m. may not have enough time to catch the last bus.

Pettine said that RIPTA is looking into extending the 92 Trolley Line for a later last stop at RIC.

“That’s one thing I’d like to see approved, to meet the demand,” Pettine said. “The changes are purely resource driven. Our budget has not changed. This wasn’t about cutting money or service.”

RIPTA will be implementing more service changes in January 2014, but those are not expected to include any more changes to the RIC campus service.

Additional information on the changes is available www.ripta.com. The site also has a map of the routes and a comprehensive schedule.