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7:56 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Renovated Kennedy Plaza Set To Reopen Early Next Year

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, before its renovation.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.  

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Transportation
10:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

RIPTA To Update Public On Kennedy Plaza Reconstruction

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. 

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Transportation
8:19 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Group Calls On RIPTA To Halt Kennedy Plaza Construction

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

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

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.

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Local Features
1:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

RIPTA Passengers Adjust To Relocated Bus Stops

Credit Benjamin Bryant

Passengers on The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's buses are doing their best to adjust to recent relocations of bus stops from Kennedy Plaza to other nearby locations. The relocations went into effect Saturday, July 12th. They are expected to last through the rest of the summer while the renovations are completed. RIPTA says the City of Providence is trying to increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways while building a large civic space in the plaza. 

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Local Features
2:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Kennedy Plaza Bus Stops Relocated For Summer

RIPTA buses at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is relocating bus stops in Kennedy Plaza to nearby locations while the plaza is being renovated. With many buses traveling in and out, Kennedy Plaza is currently the hub of bus transportation in the city. 

The City of Providence plans to build a large civic space in the plaza and increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways. The relocations will go into effect on Saturday, July 12th and will last until the work is completed in the fall.

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Local Features
5:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

The Bottom Line: Where Can RIPTA Take You This Summer?

It's nearly summer, and that means changes are coming to RIPTA schedules - including a new "super route" and summer beach routes.

On this week's Bottom Line, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's Amy Pettine joins host Dave Fallon to sort out what's new, what's changed, and what's gone from the summer schedules.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm.

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RI News
4:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

RIPTA’s Most Popular Lines Will Move Faster

RIPTA's turning the Route 11 and Route 99 buses into Rapid Bus Lines.
Credit file / RIPR

RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.

RIPTA is turning the number 11 bus line that travels Broad Street in Providence, and the number 99 line that links Providence to Pawtucket on North Main Street into Rapid Bus Lines. Some 11,000 people ride those two lines daily.

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Environment
6:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days

Credit RIPR File Photo

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will no longer offer free bus rides on days with poor air quality. RIPTA is ending the program, because the agency doesn’t have money to support it this year.

RIPTA has offered free rides on days with poor air quality since 1995, according to Amy Pettine, the agency’s director of planning and marketing. It has been a longtime partner with the departments of health, transportation, and environmental management in issuing alerts for poor air quality days.

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On Politics
3:32 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fung Wants to Consider Privatizing RIPTA & RI Resource Recovery

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.

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RI News
8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works

The state is looking at ways to use the old east side train tunnel that has sat closed up for decades.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation are planning to inspect an abandoned train tunnel in Providence to see how it could be used in the future. The tunnel was built in 1906 connecting the Seekonk River to the Providence River.

Gov. Chafee said he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis said there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.

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