On Monday, March 5th, RIPTA invites you to the first floor of the Joseph Dooley Building (444 Westminster Street) from 5 to 6:30 PM for an update on the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) project. When completed in 2019, the DTC will offer high frequency downtown bus service, connecting 6 new enhanced shelters from the Providence train station to Rhode Island Hospital. Shelter designs featuring passenger amenities such as seating and digital displays will be revealed at the meeting.
RIPTA plans to run 8 bus routes along the corridor in order to provide service every 5 minutes, doubling current service levels in the Jewelry District. Some parts of the corridor will have dedicated bus lanes, and traffic signal technology will extend green lights to allow buses to move more easily. By reducing the need for transfers at Kennedy Plaza, the project complements the city’s long term vision for the area, including its plan to convert Washington Street into a 2-way bus transit-only lane. The stop at the Providence train station will also be integrated into the state’s proposal to create an intermodal hub.