This page includes information on:

  • RISD Rides Shuttle Service
  • Bus Rentals
  • Automobile Rentals
  • Van Rentals
  • Zipcar's Partnership with RISD
  • RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority)

RISD Rides

RISD Rides is a free nightly shuttle service available for students, staff and faculty when classes are in session. Community members may use it to travel around campus in two ways:

Fixed Routes
From 7:00 pm to 3:30 am, RISD shuttles run on two continuous loops around campus. Please refer to the Route 1 and Route 2 maps for pick-up and drop-off locations. Passengers should board the shuttle by 3:15 am to ensure that they are able to reach their destination prior to end of service.

To-Your-Door Service
From 5:00 pm to 3:15 am, community members may request door-to-door service between any campus locations by calling 401 427-6915. To keep wait times for to-your-door service as short as possible, Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks that passengers use the fixed route service when feasible.

Rules and Regulations

  • Passengers must show a valid RISD ID to the driver when boarding.
  • Guests must be accompanied by a RISD community member.
  • Conduct of guests is the responsibility of their host.
  • All riders must wear a seat belt per Rhode Island state law.
  • Pets are not allowed on board.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the vehicle.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the vehicle (in closed or open containers).
  • Passengers who damage a RISD Rides vehicle will be billed accordingly.

RISD Rides passengers have the right to be driven home in a safe manner and be treated with courtesy and respect, and are expected to treat RISD Rides employees in the same manner. RISD Rides reserves the right to deny transport to any passenger if the driver deems their behavior to be dangerous to the driver, other passengers or the vehicle.

RISD Rides is operated under contract by First Transit, Inc. of Providence, RI. First Transit runs background checks on all drivers. RISD Rides operators wear a First Transit, Inc. uniform and photo badge that they must present to passengers upon request.

Please direct any questions or feedback about RISD Rides to DPS at 401 454-6376.

Bus Rentals

Through a sister division, First Transit provides the opportunity for bus rentals for field trips or events through Peter Pan Bus Lines, which offers the following charter pricing for bus rentals: $115.00/hour (6-hour minimum)

First Transit Contact Information for Charter Bus Rentals:
Travis Mills, First Transit General Manager
401 309-5094

Automobile Rentals

Through E&I Cooperative Services, RISD has access to contract pricing from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental. Enterprise is the largest car rental company in North America and now owns National Car Rental. The contract offers exceptionally low rates and the ability to choose from two rental programs based upon the individual’s needs and requirements.

Van Rentals

Facilities Operations provides documents and forms pertaining to van rentals.


Students, faculty and staff at RISD will now have wheels when they want them with Zipcar’s car-sharing program. RISD has partnered with Zipcar and the surrounding universities to give you access to 19 cars on or near campus. Cars are available on-demand, 24/7, and can be reserved by the hour or day. Gas, insurance, roadside assistance, and 180 miles are included for all reservations. Students, faculty, and staff can now join for just $15 and with hourly rates starting as low as $8.

Now it will be easy to get off campus whenever for errands, entertainment, even road trips! Plus avoid the hassles and expenses of owning a car and finding parking on campus. Students only need to be 18 to join and international students are welcome too. Interested? Sign up today!


Card Services' provides information on the many uses your RISD ID card, including using it as a RIPTA bus pass.