Downtown Transit Connector

Overview

Six stops are located along the DTC route. These are not typical bus stops; instead, they provide passengers with high-quality shelters and passenger amenities. These stops are the only locations where DTC buses will stop between Providence Station and the Hospital District. These stops are:

The northern terminus of the DTC corridor is the Providence MBTA/Amtrak Station. This stop serves the rail station, state offices, Providence Place Mall and surrounding office and residential buildings. DTC riders will be able to make direct connections with commuter rail and Amtrak services, as well as numerous other RIPTA bus routes. RIPTA's Routes 3, 4 and 62 will terminate at this location, while the other DTC Routes - 51, 54, 58 and 72 - will continue north of the station.

Kennedy Plaza is a central public space; along with adjacent Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza is the heart of downtown Providence's public realm. It is also a busy transit center in downtown Providence, where many RIPTA routes intersect and passengers transfer between routes. The DTC stop in this location will allow for connections to other RIPTA routes, and will serve City Hall, the Federal Courthouse, the Post Office, and nearby hotels, restaurants, offices and the convention center.

Paired stops on Dorrance Street are located on the corners of Weybosset Street (southbound) and Pine Street (northbound). The Downcity area is a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood with a high density of employment, entertainment and dining options, as well as a growing residential population. These stops will also serve Johnson & Wales University's downtown campus and Garrahy Courthouse.

This stop is located on Dyer Street just north of Ship Street, near Waterfront Park, the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge, the Cambridge Innovation Center at 225 Dyer Street and Brown Medical School. It will intersect with City Walk, a walking and bike corridor that will link Providence neighborhoods with various parks and open spaces. The stop will provide excellent transit service to a fast-developing neighborhood and offer key bike and pedestrian connections at City Walk.

This stop is located on Eddy Street by South Street Landing and the RI Nursing Education Center. It serves Davol Square, the River House apartments behind Davol Square, the Providence Children's Museum and a growing concentration of residents and businesses in the Jewelry District.

There is the potential to add a future stop on Eddy Street near its intersection with Allens Avenue and Richmond Street. RIPTA would work with the City of Providence to construct DTC shelters in this location once more development occurs in this area.

The southern terminus of the DTC is located at Rhode Island Hospital. This stop serves the large and growing concentration of healthcare facilities, medical offices, and biotech businesses in the area. The DTC's frequent and reliable service to Providence Train Station and Kennedy Plaza are a major benefit for employee and patient access, and helps to mitigate growing congestion and parking issues. The Hospital District DTC stop will be accessible from the Allens Avenue waterfront via Blackstone Street. DTC Routes 3, 4 and 62 continue south of the DTC terminus; all other DTC routes will terminate here.

project partners


Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
City of Providence