Latest Documents for Review
The Transit Forward RI 2040 recommendations in this final report outline a plan for improvements over the next 20 years.
Rhode Island Transit Master Plan Recommendations – December 2020 (Adobe PDF, 19.3MB)
The State is considering a range of potential future transit investments. These potential improvements have been packaged into three scenarios. View the Transit Scenario Documents »
Transit Strategy Reports
There are many ways to improve transit service. The key to a successful transit system is matching the right services to the different types of markets. The planning team is developing various transit strategies based on the needs and issues identified in the R.I. State of the System Report. These strategies include services, programs, and policies. We invite you to review the strategy reports as they are posted and share your comments!
Develop High Capacity Transit Services
Light Rail (Adobe PDF, 1.6MB)
Light Rail: Adding electrified rail service in dense urban areas that operates frequently and accommodates high ridership.
Bus Rapid Transit (Adobe PDF, 1.2MB)
Bus Rapid Transit: Adding fast and frequent bus service in high dense urban areas with dedicated lanes and with premium stations.
Rapid Bus (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)
Rapid Bus: Adding fast and frequent bus service, similar to the existing R Line, with a mix of strategies, such as queue jump lanes, extended green lights, and platforms for easy boarding.
Regional Rapid Bus (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)
Regional Rapid Bus: Providing transit priority along regional routes (for example, between Woonsocket and Providence and between Newport and Providence) and better circulation in an out of stations to make service much faster and more convenient.
Express Bus (Adobe PDF, 0.8MB)
Express Bus: Providing fast service over long distances to connect residential centers and employment centers at peak commute times.
Improve Existing Services
Frequent Transit Network (Adobe PDF, 1.0MB)
Frequent Transit Network: Creating a convenient, connected, and memorable backbone of RIPTA routes that operate every 15 minutes or less.
More Frequent Service for Longer Hours (Adobe PDF, 0.6MB)
More Frequent Service for Longer Hours: Making bus service more convenient by running more frequently and for longer hours on both weekdays and weekends.
Transit Priority (Adobe PDF, 1.8MB)
Transit Priority: Giving priority to buses over private vehicular traffic through the use of dedicated bus lanes, lanes shared with other modes, and extended green lights for buses.
Passenger Rail (Adobe PDF, 1.4MB)
Passenger Rail: More frequent and faster MBTA and/or Amtrak train trips in Rhode Island, and between Rhode Island and Boston, through electrified equipment, faster boarding, express service, and cross-honored fares.
Bus-On-Shoulder Operations (Adobe PDF, 0.5MB)
Bus-On-Shoulder Operations: Operation of buses on highway shoulders to bypass congestion where conditions allow.
Transit Emphasis Corridors (Adobe PDF, 0.7MB)
Transit Emphasis Corridors: Operating multiple bus, rapid bus, and/or bus rapid transit routes along one corridor that gives priority to transit, such as the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) opening in Providence in January 2020.
Expand Service to New Areas
Service to Smaller Markets (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)
Service to Smaller Markets: Providing different types of services for areas without enough density to support fixed-route buses, such as flexible routes, demand response, rideshare partnerships, and microtransit.
Crosstown Service (Adobe PDF, 1.1MB)
Crosstown Service: Increasing the number of bus routes that do not run into downtown in order to create direct connections between key activity centers.
Special Events and Tourism Services (Adobe PDF, 1.1MB)
Special Events and Tourism Services: Expanding transit services and partnerships for seasonal destinations and special events for both tourists and seasonal employees.
First Mile/Last Mile Connections (Adobe PDF, 0.8MB)
First Mile/Last Mile Connections: Improving connections to and from transit stops and stations through better pedestrian and bike facilities, bikeshare and scootershare, and partnerships with employers and other service providers.
Service Buy-Ups (Adobe PDF, 0.2MB)
Service Buy-Ups: Enabling local governments, businesses, and other stakeholders to directly fund specific transit service improvements, such as increased frequency or later service to certain areas of the state.
Improve Facilities and Amenities
Better Bus Stops & Facilities (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)
Better Bus Stops & Facilities: Developing better bus stop designs that are comfortable, convenient, and safe, while having good pedestrian access and information regarding schedules and next arrivals.
Mobility Hubs (Adobe PDF, 0.7MB)
Mobility Hubs: Creating centers of multi-modal transportation at key locations with a variety of amenities, such as transit, bikeshare and scootershare, social services, and more.
Make Service Easier to Use
Fare Integration (Adobe PDF, 0.6MB)
Fare Integration: Providing a way for riders to access more services through a single pass or ticket, such as RIPTA buses, the MBTA’s Providence Line, Amtrak and/or bikeshare.
Mobility-as-a-Service (Adobe PDF, 0.4MB)
Mobility-as-a-Service: Integrating various forms of transportation services into a single mobile app so that users can plan, book, and pay for a trip all in one place, even if there are multiple types of transportation involved.
» R.I. State of the System Report
The State of the System report provides a starting point for Transit Forward, the effort to develop a Transit Master Plan for Rhode Island. It provides an overview of current transit services and operating characteristics; major transit facilities; current ridership levels by service type, route, and stop, as well as recent ridership trends; a market analysis that examines the underlying demand for transit service through 2040; a "gaps analysis" that examines how well existing transit services meet current and future demand; and a description of issues, opportunities, and next steps.
R.I. State of the System Report - April 2019 (Adobe PDF, 11.6MB)
State of the System Map of Anticipated 2040 Transit Demand (Adobe PDF, 27.1MB)
State of the System Population Change Map 2015-2040 (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)
Additional Transit Master Plan Supporting Documents
September 2019 Workshop Summary Report (Adobe PDF, 10.2MB)
Presentation on Transit Scenarios - September 2019 (Adobe PDF, 2.6MB)
Transportation Advisory Committee Project Update - April 2019 (Adobe PDF, 3.3MB)
December 2018 Public Open House Workshop Summary (Adobe PDF, 9.9MB)
Public Open House Workshop Presentation - December 2018 (Adobe PDF, 3.0MB)
Public Open House Workshop Display Boards - December 2018 (Adobe PDF, 32.0MB)
Public Involvement Plan (PIP) - November 2018 (Adobe PDF, 1.6MB)