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KENNEDY PLAZA in downtown Providence has been the focal point of much debate about the future of the high-profile public space. Most recently, a battle has been brewing over closed public bathrooms at the bus terminal in the plaza. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Bathroom dispute highlights uncertainty about Kennedy Plaza’s future

The public bathrooms in Kennedy Plaza have become the latest touchstone over what should happen at the transit hub in downtown Providence. Closed to the...

RIPTA plans service changes to URI, CCRI, Jefferson Boulevard

WARWICK – The R.I. Public Transit Authority is planning several changes to routes in the West Bay and South County, aimed at offering more...

Report: Too soon to tell if RIDOT downtown transit plan violates...

PROVIDENCE - The R.I. Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights says it is too early determine whether the state’s downtown transit proposal violates...

Loss of ridership fares, increased costs put RIPTA $18M in the...

PROVIDENCE – Dramatic drops in ridership combined with new costs for technology, cleaning and personal protective equipment are anticipated to put the R.I. Public...

Complaint: RIDOT downtown transit plan violates Civil Rights Act

PROVIDENCE – Two community groups have filed a complaint alleging that the state’s downtown transit plan violates federal anti-discrimination protections and are calling for...

Raimondo backs downtown transit plan despite continued opposition

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has thrown her weight behind the proposal for a divided downtown bus hub despite mounting opposition from businesses,...

Providence Foundation opposes elements of RIDOT’s bus proposal

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Foundation has joined transit advocates in voicing their opposition to parts of the state’s latest bus route proposal. The proposed plan, called the Providence...

Three new bus hubs connecting bus service to rail at Providence...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Transportation is moving forward on design and construction of a series of new bus hubs, intended to improve...
THE R.I. PUBLIC Transit Authority has added solar panels to 33 of its buses. / COURTESY R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY

RIPTA adds solar panels to 33 buses

PROVIDENCE – Roof-mounted solar panels now top 33 of the R.I. Public Transit Authority’s buses thanks to a partnership with R.I. Commerce Corp. and...
RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian, at a stop at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. He says feedback from riders on the state’s plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence has been mixed. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t try to satisfy everyone with downtown transit plan

In trying to serve all interests with its plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence, the R.I. Department of Transportation is in...

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