RIPTA To Update Public On Kennedy Plaza Reconstruction

Sep 23, 2014

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.  There are some outspoken critics of the project.

The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers.   They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time. 

They’ve called on RIPTA to halt the project, at least until the next mayor of Providence assumes the office next year, and can weigh in.  RIPTA says the Kennedy Plaza redesign is much, needed and will allow for new upgrades that will increase security and safety for passengers.  The office adds that they’ve spoken frequently with riders worried about the changes.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.