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RIPTA to continue free service on poor air quality days

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By: Alana Cerrone

RIPTA has announced that it will continue its free bus service this summer on days when air quality is too poor.

RIPTA and the Rhode Island DEM had previously canceled the service on “Air Quality Alert Days” due to limited funding, but the Attorney General’s Office provided them with $50,000 to continue to run the program this summer.

DEM issues Air Quality Alerts when there is a high level of particle pollution and/or ozone.

“Rhode Islanders have come to expect and enjoy free RIPTA rides on Ozone Alert Days. It is a terrific way to showcase the benefits of public transportation to potential new riders by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home and hop on RIPTA while not adding harmful emissions to our atmosphere,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

Funding from the Attorney General’s Office comes from a 2007 Consent Decree after a lawsuit brought by the federal government and states - including Rhode Island – against American Electric Power Service Corporation.

For information on RIPTA services, passengers may call 781-9400 or visit

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