PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After a “soft” opening over the weekend, the city of Providence’s transit hub, Kennedy Plaza, was ceremonially reopened Tuesday morning. Mayor Jorge Elorza took a RIPTA bus from his Silver Lake home to Kennedy Plaza for the occasion.
The transit mall just wrapped up a major redesign and rehabilitation project, aimed at increasing bus rider convenience and encouraging more riders to take advantage of the resource.
Before last summer’s rebuilding, it had been at least a decade since the plaza had been redone.
Now, trees have been planted in the space to coexist with walkers and buses. More than a dozen three-sided shelters can shield riders from wind and rain, and large new signs light up to show off bus stop locations. Video cameras have also been reconfigured for security.
Also coming to the area: Digital boards to track buses in real time to indicate actual arrival and departure times, and new ticket vending machines.