Transportation

Headline:

Masks are encouraged but not required for public transportation passengers. MTM’s state contract was renewed.

Last-reviewed: 9am, June 22, 2022

Key Resources:

Transportation

The Basics

  • Masks are optional for RIPTA passengers.
  • Some RIPTA offices remain closed. More information here.
  • RIPTA bus riders can take the bus free out of Central Falls.
  • Free bus transportation is available to and from vaccination sites. Ride sharing companies like Uber are offering free rides to vaccination appointments.
  • Public transportation is still available in RI as is NEMT for Medicaid patients who need to keep their essential medical appointments.
  • Reduced fare programs are available to eligible RIPTA riders.

The Breakdown

Public Transportation
  • The Ride Free in Central Falls program offers free rides on RIPTA’s buses to riders who start their trips in Central Falls.
  • The Federal Transit’s Authority’s mask requirement for public transportation riders ended after a successful court challenge. As of April 20, 2022, RIPTA riders are encouraged but not required to wear masks
  • Reduced fares are available to Veterans, low-income seniors and people with disabilities. More information here.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)
  • MTM, the state vendor for NEMT for Medicaid patients, continues to provide transportation for essential medical appointments. 
  • RIPIN can also offer support for NEMT-related questions.
  • MTM will also continue to offer reimbursements for caregivers providing transportation for Medicaid patients.
  • Transportation to COVID-19 testing sites: MTM has policies and procedures in place to transport Medicaid and those individuals who qualify for the Elderly Transportation Program (ETP).
    • This transportation is available only if there is no other means of transport, and other eligibility criteria has been met. Eligible individuals can call: 1-855-330-9131.

The Bottom Line

  • Public transportation is available in RI as is NEMT for Medicaid patients who need to keep their essential medical appointments.