Group Calls On RIPTA To Halt Kennedy Plaza Construction

Aug 6, 2014

Groups upset over changes to Kennedy Plaza rallied at City Hall in Providence Tuesday.

Kennedy Plaza is undergoing a massive reconstruction, which will see several bus stops moved out of the downtown Providence hub.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Riders alliance said proposed changes in bus services are the start of a push to move bus riders out of the central downtown location. Bus stops have moved out of Kennedy Plaza as construction continues, and not all of them will be reinstalled once the project is completed. 

Randall Rose is a spokesperson for the Riders Alliance group, and said moving the hub is a bad idea.

“You want to have your transit hub downtown, especially in a city like Providence, where downtown is not that big, because that’s the most convenient location. And that is the central hub for the bus system in the state," said Rose.

The group wants to see the project halted until the new mayor assumes office in January.  RIPTA said reorganizing the bus hub will reduce wait times, and make the area safer for riders.  The construction is expected to be completed by fall.

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