Kennedy Plaza reopens after a multi-million dollar renovation
Kennedy Plaza closed back in July has re-opened a brand new terminal in downtown Providence months ahead of schedule. The new terminal opened Saturday morning, bringing buses and riders into a updated, safer and improved Kennedy Plaza. The City of Providence calls the new plaza "the front porch of city hall."
Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA told NBC 10 "The City of Providence was looking to enhance this space. It's actually rare to have a space like this in the heart of a city and I think they were looking to make it more of a plaza, more of a town square."
RIPTA says the plaza was redesigned for the safety, comfort and convenience of riders. Signs are easier for riders to locate their bus and electronic signs keep riders informed on timing. RIPTA also says improved bus shelters will help keep riders safe during inclement weather and there is increased space for waiting passengers.
RIPTA is also working with Providence Police to coordinate increased security and public safety in the downtown area. The upgrade cost $2.4 million, but many feel the new technology, security measures and amenities in place for riders will help increase ridership in the Kennedy Plaza connecting area.
More information on routes and new bus stop locations within the Kennedy Plaza can be found on RIPTA's website.