Trolley transportation in RI
Rhode Island Trolleys are an
environment-friendly way of going around and
seeing the sights.
This mode of transportation was introduced
by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
RIPTA in 1999.
RIPTA is the main provider
of transportation in the Ocean State. Their
transportation hub is located in the Kennedy
Plaza in Providence’s downtown area.
its transportation system, primarily
consisting of buses, caters to the
transportation needs of 38 of the 39
communities in Rhode Island.
RIPTA’s Kennedy Hub is also near the Bonanza
Bus Lines and the Greyhound Bus Lines. It is
also accessible to the financial district,
city hall and post office, and hotels like
the Biltmore, Marriott and Westin. It has a
café, ATM and bike racks.
RIPTA’s trolleys are produced by the Chance
Coach &Optima Bus company. They make use of
compressed natural gas or CNG for fuel.
The trolley service is a great way to reach
Providence’s historic sites, universities,
retaurants, shopping places and cultural
spots without the problems of parking. Its
91 Gold Line services the Providence Marriott throughout the
week. This line brings travelers to Capitol Hill’s
attractions --- the State House, VMA Arts and Cultural
Center and the Waterplace Park, site of the WaterFire, a
popular summer attraction when fires are lighted along the
rivers that run through Providence. The Gold Line also
brings one to the South Side, where the Providence
Performing Arts Center, the Community College of Rhode
Island, the Johnson and Wales University and Rhode Island’s
Hospital Complex are.
RIPTA’s trolley service also has the 92
Green Line which goes to the Federal Hill and East Side
everyday. This line brings commuters to the Federal Hill’s
must-visit restaurant row as well as the convention center,
De Pasquale Center, Dunkin Donuts Center, Eagle Square,
Holiday Inn and Providence Black Repertory Company. The East
Side is where the market place, the shops of Thayer Street
and the Wickenden bistros and cafes are. There, one can also
visit the Brown University Meehan Auditorium, the First
Baptist Church in America and the Rhode Island School of
One-day, 10-ride and 15-ride passes are not
only available at the Keneddy Plaza but at the Shaw’s and
Stop and Shop outlets as well. Seniors and persons with
disabilities are given discounts upon presentation of an
identification card which can be applied for at RIPTA’s
office at Kennedy Plaza.
RIPTA’s trolleys will reach its ten-year
industry limit for usefulness in 2010 and will be replaced
by then. They are intent on the acquisition of trolleys that
run on more efficient and cleaner fuels, have longer span of
use and with better features for the elderly and disabled.