The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.
The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements. RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes. The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.
The redesign also moves some of the bus stops out of Kennedy Plaza, onto nearby streets. Critics, such as the RIPTA Riders Alliance, said those changes inconvenience some riders, including the elderly, who will have to go farther distances to catch buses. The changes are part of a larger plan to make the center of downtown Providence a more open and public space.
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