Ride The Wave

The Wave is RIPTA’s new smart fare collection system. It’s a convenient way for passengers to ride RIPTA with either a smart card or their smart phone.

Organizations should call RIPTA customer service: (401) 784-9500 x2012 to set up an institutional accounts to manage client or employee fare payment.

Go anywhere

Tap your Wave card on board any RIPTA bus, trolley or van to pay for your transit ride.


Load money to your Wave card on the website, using your phone, at local retailers or by calling RIPTA. No need to hassle with cash.

Earn as you go

Paying with the Wave Card or mobile app saves riders money! Once the Wave has been used enough times to equal the cost of a Day Pass, you’ll earn a Day Pass, and the rest of the day’s rides are free.
Riders will never pay more than a Day Pass in a day.

Manage it all on line

You can set up an account on line to reload your card at a threshold, or monthly or just when you need it.

Manage multiple cards

Your card’s serial number is linked to your account. You can link other family members to the same account and have multiple ways to load on line.

Lose a card?

Don’t worry! If you set up an account, you can simply go on line, cancel your lost card and transfer the balance to your new card.  Or you can call Customer Service for help.

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