RIPTA Launches Free Transit On R-Line

RIPTA has started a one-year pilot program on the R-Line, connecting Providence and Pawtucket. This is the most frequently used route, the one with the highest ridership. This pilot program presents a unique opportunity to study the benefits and potential drawbacks of fare free transit service in Rhode Island. RIPTA will analyze a variety of …

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Protest Breakup Of Central Bus Hub — Saturday

The RI Transit Riders Alliance will be hosting a protest march Saturday, starting at Burnside Park and ending at the State House. Rhode Island’s Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is moving toward implementation of a plan to dismantle the state’s central bus hub in Kennedy Plaza by transferring most buses to more distant and scattered downtown …

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Newport/Providence Ferry Starts

The Seastreak Providence-to-Newport ferry service kicks off this Friday with adjustments for the safe spacing of passengers. Weekend service to Bristol is back. From the ProJo: To keep everyone safe, the number of riders on the 149-passenger ferry will be reduced based on the state’s Phase II reopening guidelines. During fair weather, when outdoor seating …

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Electric-Assist Bike Share Is Here

I do like this red. Jump Bikes are suddenly everywhere and, unlike the unannounced and unsanctioned scooter invasion, these electric-assist bikes have arrived through a negotiated contract with the city. And with racks! I like the gray too. JUMP Bike share is a membership-based system that can be used for commuting, exercise, and recreation. Providence …

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Ferry Starts

The Providence Newport Ferry starts service this Friday. New this year . . . night trips. According to the ProJo, Ferry operator Seastreak has refurbished the vessel Ocean State for the 2018 season and agreed to add night trips during Waterfire lightings, according to a news release Monday. Complimentary shuttle bus service between the Providence …

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Free Trains To Quonset Air Show

(5.21) Free train service. Free parking. Avoid the traffic. The RIDOT ‘Trains to Planes’ program returns after last year’s successful debut. The Providence Station is one of three participating stations. (Free parking near state house — see map at website.) There will be three trains to the show from each station, with returning trains running …

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