Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) drivers are stepping in to fill gaps on delivery routes for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island. April 13 was RIPTA’s first day lending a hand to Meals on Wheels, with its vehicles and drivers from RIPTA’s paratransit division deployed to fill gaps in routes in the Pawtucket area. Drivers are following the safety protocols that Meals on Wheels has already put in place.
The drivers are using smaller paratransit vehicles from RIPTA’s paratransit division (RIde Program), which normally provides transportation for persons with disabilities. RIPTA has vehicles and drivers available due to sharply declining ridership in both its fixed-route and paratransit divisions.