RIPTA Resumes Bus Service, With Some Detours

Jan 4, 2018

After suspending all service Thursday afternoon because of heavy snow, RIPTA buses returned to the roads on Friday morning. However, some routes continued to experience disruptions. 

As of 5:30 p.m., all service for route 49 remained suspended. Route 6 was not providing trips to the Community College of Rhode Island, while route 56 could not make stops at the Providence VA Medical Center. 

Routes 1, 27, 29, 65X and 92 were also operating on detours. 

RIPTA pointed riders to updated information about detours and cancellations under service alerts or on RIPTA's Facebook and Twitter pages.

RIPTA Forced To Suspend Public Transit During Storm

Shortly after noon on Thursday, RIPTA officials announced they would cancel all bus service, including rides for disabled passengers, until Friday.

The suspension of service was scheduled to take effect at 2 p.m. 

In a statement, the agency apologized for the inconvenience to passengers, but said road conditions had continued to deteriorate.

"RIPTA is continuing to work with state emergency officials as we focus first on safety, and second on attempting to accommodate as many passengers as possible," the statement said.

Bus service was running on Thursday morning as the the snow began to fall, but as the day progressed, suspensions and detours were announced for a growing number of routes.

"RIPTA will work to reinstate service on Friday, January 5, 2018, as soon as conditions are safe," the agency said.

You can find the latest information on RIPTA schedules here.

Many routes delayed, detoured by snowy roads

Eighteen Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus routes are on detour because of the snowstorm. 

RIPTA R-Line bus makes a stop in Providence during today's snow storm.
Credit Juan Rodriguez

Service for buses 13 and 29 is currently suspended. All trips will terminate at Warwick Mall and will remain there until further notice. 

Service to the Community College of Rhode Island on routes 21, 62 and 66 has been suspended, and bus 92 will not stop at Rhode Island College. 

Service to Fatima Hospital on route 55 has been suspended and bus 56 will not service trips to the Providence VA Medical Center. 

Buses 1, 14, 27, 34, 35, 54, 63, 64, 71 and 87 are also operating on detours. 

Some routes are expected to experience 10-60 minute delays. 

The Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Providence will stay open until 10 p.m. so passengers can wait for buses indoors.

RIPTA says riders will find updated information about detours and cancellations at ripta.com, or on RIPTA's Facebook or Twitter page.

Post to be updated.