Downtown Transit Connector

Overview

The RIPTA Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) will be an “enhanced bus” that provides our riders with improved service frequency, reliability, and design features. The project will create substantial and attractive stations for transit passengers, and will incorporate features that give priority to transit vehicles, enhance local placemaking, and improve pedestrian accessibility. The following is a description of key design features that will be incorporated into the DTC corridor.

Station Design & Passenger Amenities

Stations will include high-quality shelters with seating, real-time bus information, lighting, wayfinding and signage/branding. Fare vending or other special fare payment kiosks may be included. Stations will also be designed with placemaking in mind, using special pavement treatments, landscaping, public space, art and other features to help integrate stations into the surrounding neighborhood. All stations will be fully accessible and will include features to improve the pedestrian experience, such as curb extensions or “bulb-outs” for bus boarding, safe and convenient crosswalks, and pavement markings and patterns to delineate bus stops.

Roadway Design

Streets in the corridor will be modified to better accommodate high-frequency bus service, while maintaining traffic flow and safety for all modes. The DTC corridor will incorporate proven measures for improving the speed and reliability of transit, providing safe and convenient pedestrian access, and minimizing conflicts between DTC buses and pedestrians, especially at intersections and stations. Design features may include extended green lights giving an operational advantage to buses (and emergency vehicles) along the corridor, special signal phases to “jump” the traffic queue and move ahead of regular traffic, and dedicated bus lanes. In some area, on-street parking spaces may be eliminated to provide road space at bus stations and for bus lanes.

Bicycling Infrastructure

The City of Providence is planning to launch a bike share program; DTC stations will be considered as host locations for the bike share program, along with bike racks. Bike lanes are also being considered for certain sections of the corridor, and along other roads parallel to and intersecting with the corridor.

Branding

RIPTA is working with their design consultants and members of Providence’s creative community to develop project “branding” to provide a recognizable “look” and distinctive identity for the DTC service. Elements being considered to help highlight the frequent and reliable nature of the service include: a unique name, a consistent color theme, distinct signage or wayfinding totems, and other features to highlight the route both on maps and on the street.

project partners


Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
City of Providence