Transit Shuttle Pilot Project

The Little Roady Pilot Project offers rides along a fixed route in the Woonasquatucket River Corridor of Providence, expanding transit in our neighborhoods. This initiative engages the community, stakeholders, and policy-makers in research and planning for the future of transportation.

Effective Monday, March 16, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will be covering the Little Roady Shuttle service area in Providence. RIPTA will be using blue and white vans labeled with RIPTA’s logo as well as the logo of its “RIde” paratransit division.

The service remains free. Passengers can wait at any of the designated stops. Shuttles stop every 15-20 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How it Works

What route does the Little Roady follow and what are its hours of operation?

The vehicles will operate 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week. The route is 5.3 miles long between Providence Station and Olneyville Square and includes 12 stops.

How will I be able to find the stops?

Stop signage will be mounted at each stop location. There also will be a short section of curbing marked in green, indicating the stop. A map can be downloaded here.

I see the shuttle service is free - do I need to sign up ahead of time
or just get on?

You do not need to sign up. Anyone can just get on at the designated stop locations on a first come, first serve basis.

How long will it take to ride from Olneyvile to the Train Station?

About 20 minutes.

If a shuttle arrives and is full, how long will I have to wait for another?

Wait time is approximately 15-20 minutes.

Can I request a stop before I get to the next scheduled stop?

No. The vehicles only operate on the pre-programmed route and stops, not on demand.

Will the shuttle run in bad weather?

The project team and partners will always prioritize safety in bad weather, including snow. Service alerts will be posted at shuttle stops and on this website.

Shuttle Features

Can kids ride on the shuttle? If so, can I put a booster or car seat in for toddlers or babies?

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Babies, toddlers, and young children may only ride if their adult guardian provides and installs an appropriate safety seat.

Does the vehicle have a trunk or other storage for anything I'm carrying
(e.g. suitcases, bags of groceries)?

There is limited space on the floor. But there is not additional storage space.

Can these shuttles accommodate wheelchairs?

Yes. RIPTA's fleet includes a wheel chair accessible vehicle.

Can I bring an animal on the shuttle?

Pets are not allowed on the shuttle. However properly certified service animals are allowed.

Is there a bike rack available?


Can I eat or drink on the shuttle?

Please do not eat or drink in the shuttle. Any food or drinks brought on the vehicle must be in sealed containers.

Can I smoke, vape or use other tobacco products on the shuttle?
Or bring alcohol?


Who do I contact for lost and found?

Contact RIPTA Lost and Found at 784-9500, x1133


May 15, 2019 - May 2020
7 days a week
Service Every 10 - 15 minutes
6:30am - 6:30pm