The RI Transit Riders Alliance will be hosting a protest march Saturday, starting at Burnside Park and ending at the State House. Rhode Island’s Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is moving toward implementation of a plan to dismantle the state’s central bus hub in Kennedy Plaza by transferring most buses to more distant and scattered downtown mini-hubs. This will result in added hardship for those who rely on transit by creating longer commutes, as well as more and farther-apart transfers, disproportionately affecting elderly, disabled and minority populations that make up a majority of transit riders.
March route: Kennedy Plaza >144 Dyer Street > Providence Train Station > RI State House.
Despite the unanimous opposition to RIDOT’s proposal for a bus hub in the so-called Innovation District, RIDOT still plans to issue an RFP by the end of September. PPS opposes their current plan for its lack of community engagement, lack of consideration for riders, and its potential to intrude into the riverside park.
Go here to sign the petition to the Governor. Demand that the Raimondo Administration immediately halt its plans to break up the central bus hub in Kennedy Plaza. From the RI Transit Riders:
RIDOT isn’t listening to our complaints about their plan to break up Kennedy Plaza-let’s show them what their bad plan will do!Let’s show people just how inconvenient it is to travel by foot between these locations! Too far for the elderly and disabled! Too costly! Too complicated! Bring signs!
2:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday, September 19, Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza, (directions)