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RIPTA Limits Onboard Capacity to Fifteen Passengers and Announces Assistance to Meals on Wheels

Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) today announced that it is limiting the capacity on its buses to help ensure that there is enough room for proper social distancing during the current COVID-19 health crisis. Starting tomorrow, Saturday, April 11, 2020, no more than 15 passengers will be allowed on any fixed-route bus. It was also announced that starting next week, RIPTA drivers will step in to fill gaps on delivery routes for Meals on Wheel of Rhode Island.
At her daily press briefing today, Governor Raimondo noted the importance of allowing sufficient space for social distancing on buses and also said that the public is requested to wear cloth coverings when using public transit, and when out in public in general. “The bus drivers are out there every day helping people get where they need to be,” Governor Raimondo said. “That said, we need to take every precaution to keep our drivers and riders safe.” Regarding RIPTA providing assistance with Meals on Wheels deliveries, the Governor thanked RIPTA and its drivers for stepping up.
Scott Avedisian, RIPTA’s Chief Executive Officer, said he appreciated the fact that Meghan Grady, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, let him know that they are experiencing increased demand on some of their scheduled delivery routes. Starting next week, vehicles and drivers from RIPTA’s paratransit division will be deployed to fill gaps in routes in the Pawtucket area. Drivers will be following the safety protocols that Meals on Wheels has already put in place.
"Meals on Wheels of RI is thrilled RIPTA is helping us meet an increased need for volunteers," Grady said. "We are extremely grateful for and humbled by the generosity of these RIPTA drivers who are joining us to enact our mission everyday by providing our clients a nutritious meal, safety check and opportunity for brief socialization.”
The drivers will use smaller paratransit vehicles from RIPTA’s paratransit division (RIde Program), which normally provides transportation for persons with disabilities. RIPTA has vehicles and drivers available due to sharply declining ridership in both its fixed-route and paratransit divisions.
“We take the responsibility of providing essential service very seriously,” Avedisian said. “We are also aware of the need to be very flexible right now and to find opportunities to help people whenever we can. We are happy to be able to help Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island fulfill their vital role in our state.”Last week, RIPTA announced that it was adding smaller RIde vehicles to augment service on busy routes to help ensure enough space on buses for passengers. The supplemental vehicles are being dispatched as needed on routes such as the R-Line.
The transit authority is also encouraging all passengers to follow the recommendation of the Rhode Island Department of Health by using cloth face coverings when out in public.
“We always say that the safety and security of our personnel and passengers is a top priority for us, and we can continue to refine our operations as more and more is learned about the best way to protect public health during the current crisis,” Avedisian said. “We do this knowing that we have to find a balance between taking the necessary precautions while also finding a way to continue our service which is a lifeline for so many people.”
At this time, RIPTA has no plans to alter its service schedule and officials have noted that frontline workers depend on RIPTA to get to work at hospitals and nursing homes, while also helping others get their groceries and prescriptions.
Avedisian stressed that RIPTA’s main message that passengers ride only when necessary remains the same. “As our Governor and state health officials have said, people should be going out only when absolutely necessary and anyone who is sick at all should not be leaving their home under any circumstances,” Avedisian said.
People seeking more public health information can consult the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Rhode Island Department of Health website at https://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163.
For continued updates on RIPTA’s response to COVID-19, visit ripta.com/covid-19.

RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY INCREASES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST CORONAVIRUS AT ALL FACILITIES AND ON BUSES

The health and safety of passengers and our workforce is the top priority for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) as we work to keep our state moving every day. Accordingly, RIPTA is announcing enhanced facility-wide cleaning and sanitizing protocols implemented in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As part of our commitment to the citizens of Rhode Island, RIPTA will increase all vehicle and facility cleanings – including restrooms and surfaces frequently touched by passengers -  as precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All public areas will be disinfected on a regular basis using EPA-approved and CDC-endorsed disinfectants.  Surfaces cleaned on buses include seats, windows, grab rails, steps, and more.
RIPTA will continue to consult with the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate preventative measures are being utilized.
“Keeping our employees and our passengers safe is our top priority,” said Scott Avedisian, Chief Executive Officer of RIPTA.  “That’s why we are increasing our cleaning measures but also stressing the importance of everyone following commonsense good hygiene measures such as washing your hands frequently and being careful not to touch your face.”
RIPTA has increased the frequency and intensity of all cleaning routines by utilizing EPA-approved, anti-viral cleaning agents in order to maintain the highest levels of sanitation. If you would like general news updates from RIPTA on this issue and service alerts in general, please visit https://www.ripta.com/service-alerts and fill out the blue “stay informed” box.
We remind our passengers and employees to please follow health and safety protocols established by the CDC.  These include recommendations to:
?    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that includes at least 60-percent alcohol.
?    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
?    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
?    Stay home when you are sick.
?    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands.
?    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
?    Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with someone who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their healthcare provider before presenting for treatment.
Should you have questions or concerns about the coronavirus, please consult the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or  the Rhode Island Department of Health website at https://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163.

With a Brown ID, Ride RIPTA Buses or Trolleys for Free!

 Current faculty, staff, and students are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anytime, anywhere in the state at no charge. Brown’s investment in the UPASS program is the latest effort in one of many transportation initiatives benefiting its employees, students, and the broader community.

Individuals with a Brown Visitor ID are not eligible for the RIPTA UPASS program.

How it Works

Swipe your Brown ID through RIPTA's new fareboxes and take a seat – it's that easy! Rides will be electronically counted and RIPTA will bill the University monthly. The University will review monthly statistics to ensure that only current, valid IDs are in use. IDs that are cancelled, lost, stolen, or obsolete will be reported to RIPTA and will not work with the new fareboxes.

IDs are for use on RIPTA only by the person pictured on the ID. Sharing your ID for RIPTA use is strictly prohibited and may result in your card being confiscated by the RIPTA driver.

RIPTA Contact Information

 The RIPTA information number is 401-781-9400. Additional RIPTA information can be found on the RIPTA website or by contacting RIPTA's Commuter Resource RI “Commute Advisors” at 1-888-887-4782.

Ask Your Auto Insurer!

 Some auto insurance companies provide lower rates based on annual mileage or type of use - commuting via RIPTA might save you money on your auto insurance. Check with your insurance carrier to see if you qualify.

New Information

RIPTA to Detour Eight Routes to Accommodate Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) Construction from April 23 – April 25, 2020

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will detour Routes 1, 3, 4, 51, 54, 58, 62 and 72 beginning at 6am on Thursday, April 23 through 5pm on Saturday, April 25, 2020 to accommodate construction on the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC). 
The following detours will be in effect from 6am on April 23 through 5pm on April 25, 2020:
ROUTE 1 (EDDY/HOPE/BENEFIT):
Northbound trips from RI Hospital will turn right onto Eddy Street, left onto Blackstone Street, left onto Allens Avenue through to Eddy Street and then resume regular route. 
Southbound trips will travel the regular route.
ROUTE 3 (OAKLAND BEACH):
Inbound trips will travel the regular route to Blackstone Street, turn right into RIPTA’s layover facility, left onto Eddy Street, left onto Blackstone Street, left onto Allens Avenue, continue through to Eddy Street and then resume regular route.
Outbound trips will travel the regular route.
ROUTE 4 (WARWICK AVE):
Please refer to the Route 3 (Oakland Beach) detour.     
ROUTE 51 (CHARLES ST/TWIN RIVER/CCRI):
Outbound trips will turn left onto Eddy Street, left onto Blackstone Street, left onto Allens Avenue, continue through to Eddy Street, and then resume regular route.
Inbound trips will travel the regular route.
ROUTE 54 (LINCOLN/WOONSOCKET):
Please refer to the Route 51 (Charles St/Twin River/CCRI) detour.
ROUTE 58 (MINERAL SPRING/NORTH PROVIDENCE):
Please refer to the Route 51 (Charles St/Twin River/CCRI) detour.
ROUTE 62 (URI/PROVIDENCE STATION):
Inbound trips will travel the regular route to Eddy Street, turn right into onto Public Street, left onto ALlens Avenue, left onto Blackstone Street, right into RIPTA’s layover facility, left onto Eddy Street, left onto Blackstone Street, left onto Allens Avenue, continue through to Eddy Street and then resume regular route.
Outbound trips will travel the regular route.
ROUTE 72 (WEEDEN/CENTRAL FALLS):
Please refer to the Route 51 (Charles St/Twin River/CCRI) detour.

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