The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) today announced a call for art in honor of its 50th Anniversary.  RIPTA is inviting the public to submit vibrant, eye-catching, unique designs for a bus pass that will celebrate the Authority’s 50 years of public transportation in Rhode Island.

“Creating a design contest for a commemorative pass is a great chance to engage local artists and give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA.  “It will be exciting to see what concepts people come up with to illustrate the evolution of the services we have provided the state for 50 years.”  The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Revolution American Bistro in Cranston, $25 gift card to Thirsty Beaver (Smithfield & Cranston), a Pizza Bowl certificate for 6 people at Lang’s Bowlarama ($75 value)and a Providence Bruins prize pack which includes 4 game tickets, a signed hat and hockey stick and more.

Rhode Island has had mass transit in one form or another since the mid-19th century, starting with steam locomotives and “horse car” railroads.  The electric trolley car debuted in Newport around 1889 and over the years, a number of different entities have been in charge of public transportation in the state – from the Union Railroad to the United Transit Company.   In 1964, the Rhode Island General Assembly created the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, and RIPTA, as it came to be known, began operations on July 1, 1966.

All entries must be received by March 4, 2016.  Contest rules and entry requirements are available online at All entries should be emailed to and must adhere to the contest rules. The winner will be announced early March 2016.

For more information on RIPTA services, please call 781-9400 or visit

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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