RIPTA to limit riders on buses to prevent further spread of COVID-19


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will start limiting the number of passengers on its buses to align with the state’s social distancing mandates.

Starting Saturday, no more than 15 passengers will be allowed on board buses on fixed routes. Gov Gina Raimondo also urged Rhode Islanders to wear cloth masks while using public transportation.

“The bus drivers are out there every day helping people get where they need to be,” Raimondo said. “That said, we need to take every precaution to keep our drivers and riders safe.”

In addition, RIPTA said its paratransit division will be assisting with Meals on Wheels delivers starting next week, since it has both vehicles and drivers available due to the decline in ridership.

RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian said drivers will be making deliveries in the Pawtcket area.

“We are happy to be able to help Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island fulfill their vital role in our state,” he said.

RIPTA is still running its full schedule of buses, citing the need to remain flexible for frontline workers who rely on public transportation.

Since March, RIPTA has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning to ensure buses are safe for riders and drivers.

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