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.
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.
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.
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.