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Rhode Island Transportation Resources

From trips to the grocery store to other errands, get the transportation assistance your senior needs in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island - Transportation

Many seniors depend on adult children, friends, and neighbors to help them get around once they have given up driving, but sometimes busy lives and distance make this impossible.  When this happens, local ride services and public transportation can help a loved one remain independent even without a car.  Some services run on a set route, while others may offer door-to-door service.  How do you talk to your loved one about the transition?  You can find some information abouthow to approach this conversationon Care.com.

Taxi, Van, and Car Services

In Rhode Island the main senior taxi program is called Ride. It is available in most parts of the state and provides round-trip transportation to those 60 and older.  By-appointment transportation is available on weekdays for doctor appointments, therapy, senior day care, medical treatments, and meal site lunches.  For more information visitThe Point  ("Rhode Island's Resource Place for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities")

Rhode Island residents who have a disability may be eligible for ADA Paratransit services from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA).  This service provides curb-to-curb transportation for those who are unable to use regular RIPTA bus service due to disability.  This service typically costs double the normal bus fee each trip.  For more information visitRIPTA's website.

For more on these services visit:

Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs - Transportation: Senior transportation resources in the state of Rhode Island.


In the state of Rhode Island, senior citizens can purchase discounted bus passes through RIPTA.  Anyone 65 or older is eligible to buy a bus pass for $5; this pass is good for five years.  With this pass, senior citizens pay half price for all public buses on off-peak hours, weekends, and holidays.  Bus pass holders enrolled in medical care (Medicaid, RIPAE) can apply for the no fare program.

For more Rhode Island transportation information please visit these sites:

RIPTA: Rhode Island Public Transit Authority website; find discount information and alternative options here.

The Point - Senior Transportation: Senior transportation information in the state of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs - Transportation: Senior transportation resources in the state of Rhode Island.

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