Construction activity began in August 2018 and will be complete in 2020. Station infrastructure in Kennedy Plaza and at Providence Station will be added at later dates, as part of future projects planned in these areas.
Watch this flyover of the DTC corridor which highlights DTC station locations (in light blue), dedicated bus lanes (in red) and bike lanes (in green). These plans are based on preliminary design and may be updated as we move towards construction.
A second public information session was held in May 2017 to present design concepts for the DTC that will now advance into engineering. Six station locations were identified, along with dedicated bus lanes in certain segments. This meeting was jointly held with the City of Providence and included discussion of potential long term concepts for continuing to transform Kennedy Plaza as an active civic space while accommodating RIPTA buses. VIEW PRESENTATION
We held our first public information session in December 2016 to introduce the project to local residents and other stakeholders and to get input on the type of passenger amenities desired along the corridor. VIEW PRESENTATION
RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian welcomed the entire RI Congressional delegation and Providence Mayor Elorza to mark the official start of construction on the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC). Avedisian noted the DTC will "create a spine across the City of Providence to move people effectively and efficiently." The project is largely being funded by a federal USDOT TIGER grant, with construction continuing through 2019.
TransitCenter, a foundation supporting transit leadership across the US visited Providence in February 2018 and highlighted the benefits of the anticipated DTC corridor on its national blog. Click here to read the post.
You may view or download a project overview.
RIPTA held a public meeting on March 5th to give RIPTA riders, downtown residents and local business owners an opportunity to learn more about the DTC.
We are working to finalize final design plans and to prepare for the start of DTC construction in the spring of 2018.
Jarrett Walker, an internationally renowned transit planning consultant toured the DTC route in March 2017, then reported on his blog "...it solves two urgent downtown problems at once. It provides the attractive and legible very-frequent spine that makes so many American urbanists want streetcars, but it also solves the problem of getting major bus line through downtown, so that the whole city benefits. It's an excellent project with relevance to many US downtowns. I encourage you to follow its progress."
Project engineers are working to lay out design concepts for stations and other amenities in the corridor. Please check back soon, as proposed concepts will be posted to the website as they are developed.