RIPTA changes to start Saturday
RIPTA changes their schedules three times a year with the seasons. The change to start Saturday is a little more involved with busses changing routs, times and even bus names.
RIPTA is implementing its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) to ensure that the changes throughout the state are also reflected in the bus scheduling, and that they're able to do so within the budget they're given. The COA will take place throughout the next two years as one of RIPTA's major initiatives, along with improving technology and facilities.
RIPTA says that major 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). Route 56 (Chalkstone Ave.) will now serve the V. A. Hospital on all trips. Routes 26 (Atwells/RI College) and 53 (Smithfield Ave.) have been discontinued. Route 26 passengers may us the newly extended service on Route 92 (RI College / Federal Hill / East Side); Route 53 passengers may use Route 72 (Weeden/Central Falls).
Passengers are strongly encouraged to check RIPTA's newly designed schedules for how service changes may affect them. They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Fall Service Changes Effective August 24, 2013 that is available at Kennedy Plaza. For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com
The following routes will be affected by the fall service changes:
3 Warwick Avenue
13 Coventry / Arctic / Warwick Mall
18 Union Avenue
21 Reservoir / Garden City
26 Atwells / RI College
27 Broadway / Manton
30 Arlington / Oaklawn
31 Cranston Street
32 East Providence / Wampanoag
34 East Providence
40 Butler / Elmgrove
49 Camp St.
53 Smithfield Avenue
55 Admiral / Providence College
56 Chalkstone Avenue
57 Smith Street
71 Broad Street
73 Mineral Spring / Twin River / CCRI
76 Central Avenue
80 Armistice Blvd.
90S North Scituate Park-n-Ride
90W Westerly Park-n-Ride
92 Rhode Island College / Federal Hill / East Side