CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee, state and local officials joined the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) on Monday to mark the start of the “Ride Free” pilot program in Central Falls.

Central Falls residents with a Wave Smart Card or the Wave mobile app will get to ride RIPTA buses for free through March 7, 2023. Those boarding outside of the city will still need to pay the fare.

The program is federally funded and will test the effectiveness of using “geofencing” technology to promote public transportation, according to RIPTA.

Residents can pick up Wave Cards at the following locations:

  • Central Falls City Hall — 580 Broad Street
  • Central Falls Public Library — 205 Central Street
  • McKenna Center — 115 Illinois Street
  • Central Falls Housing Authority — 30 Washington Street
  • Jenks Park Pediatrics — 577 Broad Street
  • Progreso Latino — 626 Broad Street
  • RIC Workforce Development Hub — 934 Dexter Street
  • Blackstone Valley Neighborhood Health Station — 1000 Broad Street