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NEW: RIPTA Fall Service Changes Will Impact Two-Dozen Routes

Monday, August 26, 2013

 

Will RIPTA's latest changes affect your daily commute? Photo: Adam E. Moreira

In an effort to ensure that transit resources are directed where they’re most needed, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has begun implementing its new fall service schedule. These major changes include trip time changes, route eliminations, route renaming, as well as rescheduling for better on-time performance.

What routes are affected

The annual adjustment affects two-dozen routes—including the elimination of the 26 (Atwells Avenue/RI College) and 53 (Smithfield Avenue). Route 26 passengers may use the newly extended service on Route 92 (RI College / Federal Hill / East Side) while Route 53 passengers are encouraged to use Route 72 (Weeden/Central Falls).

Other service changes include direct service from Coventry/West Warwick to Warwick Mall on Route 13 (Arctic/Washington); new improved frequency key corridor service on Routes 21 (Reservoir) and Route 31 (Cranston St.); and the realignment of Routes 3 (Warwick Avenue), 30 (Arlington/Oaklawn), 32 (West Barrington), 34 (East Providence), 40 (Butler/Elmgrove), and 55 (Admiral/Providence College). Lastly, Route 56 (Chalkstone Ave.) will now serve the V. A. Hospital on all trips.

Part of statewide plan

These fall service changes are part of the first phase of RIPTA’s implementation of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA), which assessed the demand for transit service throughout the state. The modifications are designed to work within RIPTA’s existing budget and to direct transit resources where they would be most effective.

RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use.

For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com. Passengers may also pickup the Fall Service Changes Effective August 24, 2013 leaflet that is available at Kennedy Plaza.

 

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