Hundreds Weigh In on Potential RIPTA Providence Transit Center Sites

at First Public Engagement Session



Next in-person public session to be held at CCRI (Knight Campus) on Thursday, May 30; Statewide survey now open


Providence, RI – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) and Next Wave Rhode Island Partners (Next Wave Partners) collected public input and announced a list of potential sites being explored for a new Providence transit center at a public engagement session held on Monday, May 13, 2024 at the Amica Mutual Pavilion.


The public meeting, the first in a series of in-person and virtual engagement sessions planned throughout the spring and summer, RIPTA riders and community members had the opportunity to share their feedback and opinions as to what a new, modern, state-of-the-art, transit center should offer.


“The new Providence Transit Center will be a world-class asset for our state, and we are committed to ensuring it is designed with public input at every stage,” said Christopher Durand, RIPTA Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Today we heard feedback from a diverse group of Rhode Islanders on eight potential locations for this facility. We look forward to incorporating their opinions and suggestions as we move forward with this public process over the coming months.”


Attendees were asked to weigh in on several sites that are currently being explored: (1) Clifford Street; (2) Dorrance Street; (3) Eddy Street; (4) Exchange Street; (5) Friendship Street; (6) Gaspee Street; and (7) Park Row West. Each of the sites being explored were chosen based on their potential availability, proximity to key activity centers, and accessibility to local and regional transit networks.


Site maps and additional information will be available at


“We are grateful to all the RIPTA riders and community stakeholders who joined us to share their perspectives on the location of the new Providence Transit Center,” said Christopher Marsella, President, Marsella Corporation, on behalf of Next Wave Partners. “The State has an opportunity to build a modern, state-of-the-art transit facility with high-quality amenities, and we look forward to bringing it to life. Today was just the start of a thorough public process over the coming weeks and months to ensure Rhode Islanders have ample opportunity to add their voice to this critical project.”


The next in-person public engagement session will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 4pm to 7 pm at the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. In addition to in-person and virtual public meetings, RIPTA and Next Wave Partners launched a statewide survey to solicit opinions from Rhode Islanders in every community about their priorities for the new Providence Transit Center. The online survey is available in English and Spanish at


The new transit center will serve as RIPTA’s central bus depot, providing millions of trips annually. The transit center will feature a temperature-controlled passenger arrival and seating area, staff break areas, and amenities including multi-modal accommodations for bicyclists.


Using a progressive public-private partnership (P3) model, RIPTA and Next Wave Partners will work together in two phases to complete the new transit center, a common model for larger infrastructure projects. This approach will ensure RIPTA has input at all stages of the development and can access the private-sector funding and expertise needed to successfully deliver a project of this scale.


Additional information about the planning process, including details of upcoming public engagement sessions, is available at



The Republican-led House has voted to hold Attorney General Merrick in contempt of Congress. This comes after the Justice Department refused to turn over audio recordings of President Biden's interview with the special counsel investigating his handling of classified documents. Special counsel Robert Hur said he would not prosecute Biden because a jury might see him as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory" -- a line that touched off a political firestorm.        Interest rates are staying the same and the Federal Reserve predicts it will decrease borrowing costs only once before the end of the year. Fed chairman Jerome Powell told reporters today inflation has eased substantially but is still too high. He said the central bank is committed to bringing inflation down to its two-percent goal. The benchmark rate is in a range of five-and-a-quarter to five-and-a-half-percent.       Donald Trump will meet with congressional Republicans tomorrow. The former President will meet with the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican clubhouse a block from the Capitol building. He'll also meet with Senate Republicans at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters. Both House Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will attend the meetings.       The Midwest is expecting severe weather today that will affect millions. Cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Kansas City could see large hail and damaging wind gusts. A couple of tornadoes are possible for northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, nearly a month's worth of rain fell on South Florida yesterday. One-to-two inches is expected further north from Jacksonville to St. Augustine today and tomorrow.       The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs following the Federal Reserve's decision to leave interest rates unchanged. At the closing bell, the S&P gained 45 points to 54-21, and the Nasdaq jumped 264 points to 17-608. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 35 points to 38-712.       The NBA Finals continue on Wednesday. The Dallas Mavericks will host the Boston Celtics for Game Three at the American Airlines Center. The Celtics hold a 2-0 series lead after taking both games in Beantown to begin the Finals. They took down the Mavs 105-98 in Game Two on Sunday. The Mavericks are looking to pick up a much-needed win due to the fact that no team in NBA history has come back from an 0-3 series deficit.