RIPTA Hosts Final Community Meetings In Fare Study

Jul 13, 2015

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority holds its last series of public meetings Monday and Tuesday to discuss potential changes in fares.

RIPTA buses at Kennedy Plaza

RIPTA will host the listening sessions in Newport, Providence, Pawtucket and Warwick on Monday and Tuesday. RIPTA officials say this is the first comprehensive study of all the authority’s fare offerings.

RIPTA Spokesperson Barbara Polichetti said this is also an opportunity to look at possible changes in how customers obtain tickets.

"Can we make them available more places? We’re even looking at the possibility of a mobile app for purchasing fares, so it really is a comprehensive look at everything to do with our fares," said Polichetti.

She added that the authority will also consider new implementing new technologies.

"Technology has been changing dramatically, we just introduced automated ticket vending machines at Kennedy Plaza, and there’s also a lot of other technology out there that may be able to make the customer experience easier," said Polichetti.

Single bus fares are currently $2. Polichetti said its been about 5 years since the last fare changes. She added that riders likely won’t see changes related to the study for at least three months.

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