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RIPTA’s SUMMER Service Changes to Take Effect SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015

June 1, 2015

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will implement summer service changes effective Saturday, June 20, 2015.   RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use.   

2015 Summer Service Changes

These annual changes are moderate and include the start of selected summer services, trip time changes, route enhancements, as well as rescheduling for better on-time performance.

Summer services scheduled to start June 20th include the extension of daily service on Route 67 (Bellevue/Mansions/Salve Regina University) to the southern end of Bellevue Avenue and to the Cliff Walk and scheduled stops at Easton Beach on Route 231 South Aquidneck.

Service will be improved between Oxbow Apartments, Towne Center and the Newport Gateway Center on the restructured Route 63 Broadway/Middletown.  As a result, Route 62 Oxbow/Towne Center will be discontinued.

Express Weekend Service to South County Beaches

Available June 20 – August 10

Starting June 20th, express buses from the Woonsocket Depot, Cranston City Hall, Central Falls (400 Dexter St.), the Pawtucket Transit Center and North Providence City Hall will run on weekends and holidays only to the Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler and Scarborough beaches in South County.  These buses will stop at Kennedy Plaza, with the exception of the bus leaving from Central Falls and Pawtucket.  The fare for these express buses will be the regular bus fare of $2.00 one-way.  

In addition, there is daily year-round service on Route 66 (URI/Galilee) from Kennedy Plaza running every 55 minutes during the week, every 45 minutes on Saturday and every 60 – 75 minutes on Sunday to the South County beaches. 

So if passengers want to come home early or late, they have more options.  

Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how service changes may affect them.  They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Summer Service Changes Effective June 20, 2015 that is available at Kennedy Plaza; the leaflet is also viewable online.  For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com 

The following routes will be affected by the summer service changes:

1 Eddy/Hope/Benefit

3 Warwick Avenue

20 Elmwood/Airport

21 Reservoir/Garden City

22 Pontiac Avenue

32 East Providence/Wampanoag

33 Riverside

35 Rumford/Newport Avenue

51  Charles/Twin River/CCRI

54 Lincoln/Woonsocket

55 Admiral/Providence College