RIPTA to give out 600 bus passes to low-income and unhoused Rhode Islanders

A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus is seen at Kennedy Plaza in Providence. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Hundreds of low-income and unhoused Rhode Islanders will be able to ride the bus for free for six months through new pilot program created by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

Recipients of this bus pass must have an income 200% under the poverty threshold and not meet requirements for already existing transit assistance programs.

On Oct. 19, 2022, The RIPTA Board of Directors voted to create a pilot program that will give 600 passes to agencies that service low-income and unhoused individuals.

“This program could be a significant help and game changer for people who are experiencing homelessness and who lack reliable transportation to access the services they need to get back on their feet,” said Michelle Wilcox, President of Crossroads Rhode Island and RIPTA Board Member.

To distribute bus passes fairly across the state, RIPTA will work with the Rhode Island Association of Community Action Agencies and several other organizations.

“Increasing access to transportation is a crucial goal. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this important pilot program that will help improve public transportation, especially for our most vulnerable populations,” said Governor Dan McKee.

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