The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will hold a planning open house to solicit input from the public about the Providence Intermodal Transportation Center which RIDOT plans to build in Providence, RI. The forum will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Providence Foundation, 30 Exchange Street, Providence.
The purpose of the open house is to provide a forum where the public can discuss both the design of the facility and the amenities they would like to see included in the facility. RIDOT chose the open house format so participants could drop in whenever is most convenient.
The proposed center will be located in close proximity to the existing Providence Station. In addition to reuniting bus and train service, the center would also spur transit-oriented development that would make the site attractive to transit riders and the public. Currently bus service in Providence is centered in Kennedy Plaza which is about a quarter mile away from the train station.
A new transportation hub could include residential, retail, office and/or commercial development adjacent to Providence Station. Both RIDOT and RIPTA hope that through the forum format, they will get input from both potential users and from the community about exactly which amenities would best serve the community.
Such amenities could include bike racks and storage, convenience stores, ticketing kiosks, charging stations, and access to Wi-Fi. Participants will be asked to share information about the communities from which they commute and their travel needs.
Contact: Charles St. Martin (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4007