RIPTA introduces state’s first Rapid Bus Line

 By Jennifer Petracca

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) joined Governer Lincoln Chafee for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the launch of RIPTA’s first Rapid Bus Line, the “R-Line”.

RIPTA converted its two highest used bus routes in the state (Routes 11 and 99) into one single “Rapid Bus” route called the “R-Line.”

The R-Line, launched on June 21st, 2014, features faster, higher-quality service, and will run along North Main and Broad Streets, connecting both Pawtucket and South Providence to downtown Providence.

The R-Line is expected to improve travel time by up to 12% for passengers in the 7 mile corridor; service runs every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night.

For the R-Line, RIPTA is introducing the state’s first Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system. The TSP will hold traffic signals green, allowing R-Line passengers to have quicker travel time commutes.

Over the course of a year, the savings will roughly equal 7,650 fewer hours of service required to complete the same amount of work.

With the R-Line, the money being saved for RIPTA is estimated at nearly $700,000 annually.

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