RIPTA’s Most Popular Lines Will Move Faster

Apr 29, 2014

RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.

RIPTA's turning the Route 11 and Route 99 buses into Rapid Bus Lines.
Credit file / RIPR

RIPTA is turning the number 11 bus line that travels Broad Street in Providence, and the number 99 line that links Providence to Pawtucket on North Main Street into Rapid Bus Lines. Some 11,000 people ride those two lines daily.

RIPTA’s director of planning, Amy Pettine said that means fewer stops and a gadget inside the bus that holds a green light long enough for the bus to get through an intersection.  “The emitter from the bus emits out, and the optical detector from the traffic light connects with that,” said Pettine. “And so the goal is for R-line buses to spend less time at red lights.”

Pettine said RIPTA’s also adding bike racks, trash cans and maps to shelters along the routes.

Public Meetings

Tuesday April 29th

12:00 – 2:00pm

RIPTA Headquarters

705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence

Tuesday April 29th

5:30 – 7:30pm

Pawtucket Transit Center

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

175 Main Street, Pawtucket

Wednesday April 30th

5:30 – 7:30pm

Southside Cultureal Center

393 Broad Street, Providence

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.