Why build a new transit center?

RIPTA has outgrown its current hub at Kennedy Plaza, and the limitations of that space prevent construction of the type of modern, safe, indoor facility that riders deserve.

A transit center in the middle of a public park and skating center is a challenging dynamic that has created tension between the varying uses. Bus stops are not convenient to get to – passengers have to cross Exchange Terrace or Washington Street or walk through the park.

In the new transit center, restaurants and retail will be designed around transit services. Transit comes first, and everything else would be co-located.

RIPTA is focused on improving bus service, including adding frequency to routes and expanding our hours of operations. Because of the limitations of the space at Kennedy Plaza, our passengers deserve improved service, more amenities, bus connections that prioritize pedestrian safety, a spacious indoor waiting area – things RIPTA cannot offer in Kennedy Plaza.

Additionally, RIPTA does not own property in Kennedy Plaza; we are a tenant. Having control of our own property in downtown Providence would give RIPTA the ability to build better infrastructure for transit passengers. This is a real opportunity to move our system forward.

Providence Transit Center Survey


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