Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Seeks Developer Ideas for Providence Project

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) recently posted an online “Request for Expressions of Interest” regarding the Dorrance Street Transit Center project in downtown Providence.

The application seeks the expertise of private promoters nationwide.

Developers are invited to submit concepts for the development of the new transit center under a joint development or public-private partnership agreement.

RIPTA is also seeking industry insights and feedback that will be used to help plan and execute the project.

The deadline for submission is June 20.

The Dorrance Street Transit Center will replace Kennedy Plaza as RIPTA’s central bus depot. Kennedy Plaza spans an urban park. The new transit hub will be located in one location and will contain RIPTA administrative offices, an enclosed intermodal transit hub, multimodal accommodation for cyclists, passenger arrival and seating area with amenities and adjacent development transit-oriented mixed-use.

The development will include commercial and residential spaces on the first floor on the upper floors.

The transit hub is expected to serve 3 million transit riders annually, and more in the future.

RIPTA also plans to add public meeting space with an open-air patio and other amenities to serve the community.

The project could be carried out in stages.

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