30 Exchange Terrace
RIPTA TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE TO DISCUSS FUTURE CHANGES TO IMPROVE
DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE BUS SERVICE
Public Invited to Give Input at Meeting Scheduled for September 11, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island, September 6 , 2017 — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
(RIPTA) is considering changes to improve bus service in downtown Providence and is inviting
the public to provide input. Future service changes are being planned in order to maximize
opportunities that will be created by upcoming capital investments including the Downtown
Transit Connector (DTC) and the Providence Intermodal Transportation Center (PITC). RIPTA is
hosting an open house on Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:30PM – 6:00PM at the Providence
Foundation, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence. The public is welcome to drop in anytime
during this session.
RIPTA is considering service options that will best serve passengers who live and work in greater
downtown Providence, including areas such as Capital Center, the Jewelry District and the
Hospital District. Some of the improvements the transit authority is considering include:
More direct service to more locations, which will reduce the number of transfers
needed by passengers.
Reduction of travel times in key areas.
Less reliance on Kennedy Plaza as a primary location for transit connections.
Expanding more routes to the Providence Amtrak Train Station to provide more direct
Making transit more “user friendly” to downtown residents and workers through the
creation of a high frequency transit corridor from the Train Station to Rhode Island
Maximizing customer convenience at Kennedy Plaza to support the City’s vision to
consolidate bus travel on Washington Street, making it a two-way, transit-only road.
Meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. RIPTA will provide interpreter services for the
deaf and hearing impaired, provided such a request is made at least 72 hours prior to the hearing
date. A request for this service can be made in writing or by calling (401) 784-9500, x1209.