- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A decade-old plan to revive streetcars in Providence has evolved into a new $17 million high-frequency downtown bus corridor.

City and state planners say seven existing Rhode Island Public Transit Agency bus lines will be funneled into a 1.4-mile route that runs from the Providence train station to a group of hospitals on the city’s upper South Side. Both ends of the corridor will have new bus hubs.

Like former Mayor David Cicilline’s streetcar proposal 10 years ago, officials tell the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/2nn0KDM ) they hope the north-south route through the center of Providence will provide a way to travel without a car and serve new development on land that was previously Interstate 195. They anticipate riders will never have to wait more than five minutes for a bus.

“People need more than a single connection point downtown,” said Greg Nordin, a transit planner with the transit agency. Transit experts liken a high-frequency bus corridor to a big-city subway system, allowing riders to get to where they want to go quickly without having to tailor trips to a traditional bus schedule.

A $13 million federal grant will provide much of the bus corridor funding. It’s expected to open January 2019.

The state Department of Transportation is planning to build the new bus hub at the Providence train station as part of a public-private partnership. The project could include new apartments, commercial or office space. A developer could be chosen by late summer or early fall.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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