Downtown Transit Connector

Overview

Six stations are proposed to be located along the DTC route. These will not be typical bus stops; instead, they will provide passengers with high-quality Station Design & Passenger Amenities. The stations will be the only locations where DTC buses will stop between Providence Station and the Hospital District. Planned locations are:

The northern terminus of the DTC corridor would be integrated with the planned Providence Station Intermodal Transportation Center being developed by RIDOT in the vicinity of the MBTA/Amtrak Station. This station will serve the rail station, state offices, Providence Place Mall and surrounding office and residential buildings. RIPTA’s Route 3 and Route 6 will terminate at this location, while the other DTC routes— 1, 50, 51, 55, 58 and 72 — will continue north of the station. Providence Station will provide DTC riders with connections to commuter rail and Amtrak service, as well as several other RIPTA bus routes, including the R-Line.

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 station 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.

This station will be located on Dorrance Street in the Downcity area, a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood with a high density of employment, entertainment and dining options, as well as a growing residential population. This station will also serve Johnson & Wales University’s downtown campus and Garrahy Courthouse.

This station will be located on Eddy Street near the planned Waterfront Park, Providence River Pedestrian Bridge and Wexford development. It will also serve South Street Landing, the URI/RIC Nursing School, Brown Medical School, Davol Square, the Children’s Museum, and the growing concentration of residents and businesses in this neighborhood. This station is also located at City Walk, a planned walking and bike corridor that will link Providence neighborhoods and recreational assets. A station at this location will provide excellent transit to a fast-developing neighborhood and robust multimodal connections with City Walk.

A second Eddy Street station is being considered to serve future development in the vicinity of Allens Avenue and Richmond Street. This station will be constructed in conjunction with additional development, and will help to enhance access, street activity, and placemaking in the area.

The southern terminus of the DTC will be located adjacent to Rhode Island Hospital. It will serve the large and growing concentration of healthcare facilities, medical offices, and biotech businesses services in the area. The DTC’s frequent and reliable service to Providence Station and Kennedy Plaza will be a major benefit for employee and patient access, and will help to mitigate growing congestion and parking issues. The Hospital District Station will also be accessible to the Allens Avenue waterfront via Blackstone Street. RIPTA Routes 1, 3 and 6 will continue south of this station; all other DTC routes will terminate here.

project partners


Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
City of Providence