During a recent trip to Providence, I had many chances to use RIPTA and I was very impressed by the coverage. I used the bus after arriving at the airport to get downtown, and found it very easy to find and figure out even with no schedule or planning ahead of time. The next day, while I was downtown, I decided I wanted to go to Newport. I took the number 60 bus, and was really blown away at how pretty the route was. I saw a lighthouse! (excuse my enthusiasm, but I'm from Texas). The ride took about an hour, and I don't think I'd have preferred to drive myself even if I had rented a car. Plus, most routes seem to start early and run late, which is always a plus.