PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence city officials say a $5 million redesign of Kennedy Plaza will require the relocation of several bus stops but ultimately make the square the “civic heart” of the city.
Mayor Jorge Elorza (HOR’-hay ay-LOR’-sah) announced the plan Thursday.
Elorza says after months of community input, the biggest concerns for the area were consolidating the bus service, improving safety and creating more space for walking and riding bikes.
His announcement comes after a woman was struck by a bus while crossing a crosswalk in the plaza last year. A federal court officer was also hit and killed by a bus in 2015.
Neither the mayor’s office nor the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority could report how many bus stops are moving for the redesign.