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RIPTA Reopens Downtown Providence Bus Hub

The Rhode Island Public ­Transit Authority (RIPTA) in Providence celebrated the reopening of its downtown transit hub, Kennedy Plaza, with a Jan. 20 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The hub returned to service Jan. 17.

At the event, Mayor Jorge Elorza spoke about the importance of public transit access to city residents and its positive role in Providence’s economy as well as being a smart commuter option.

RIPTA Chief Executive Officer Ray Studley said of the new facility: “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the city of ­Providence and Mayor Elorza as we look to enhance our passengers’ experience in the capital city, and particularly when using ­Kennedy Plaza.”

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, chairman of the RIPTA Board of Directors, added, “It is very encouraging to see the new mayor of Providence take RIPTA to the reopening of Kennedy Plaza. It bodes well for the relationship between RIPTA and the city.”

Improved passenger amenities at the 15-bay site include new bus shelters, trees, additional lighting, illuminated signs, automated ticket vending machines and real-time bus tracking boards.

The project, part of other downtown enhancement projects for Providence, was funded by approximately $1.7 million in bond money from the city and about $700,000 from RIPTA. 


A Providence television station sends a reporter on one of RIPTA's regular route buses to interview Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, right, and RIPTA Board Chairman and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian as they ride from Elorza's home neighborhood to officially reopen the Kennedy Plaza transit hub after major renovations.

Photo courtesy of RIPTA

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