If you were hoping to save gas money this Summer and head to the beach on the bus, that just got a little more difficult for you. Today The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority announced that it is cancelling its express beach bus service because not enough people use it.
RIPTA said the cancellation is due not only to low ridership but also to staffing problems. According to a RIPTA spokesperson, last year only around nine passengers rode the express bus to the beach per trip.
They announced these alternate routes you can take to area beaches; however they will have multiple stops rather than an express trip.
- Route 69 (Narragansett/Galilee) provides access to South County Beaches 7 days a week every hour. Passengers traveling from Providence can ride Route 66 to URI and transfer to Route 69.
- Route 14 (West Bay) provides regular, year-round weekday and limited Saturday service from Kennedy Plaza to Narragansett Beach.
- Route 3 (Oakland Beach) provides access to Oakland Beach in Warwick 7 days a week.
- Route 54 (Lincoln/Woonsocket) provides access to Lincoln Woods 7 days a week.
- The Narragansett/South Kingstown Flex Zone provides 7 Day service to Narragansett, Roger Wheeler and Salty Brine beaches, while the South Aquidneck Zone serves Easton’s Beach in Newport Mondays through Saturdays.
Source: NBC 10