In 2011, the City of Providence was awarded a HUD Community Planning Challenge Grant that identified RIPTA as a partner. This $1.75mil grant was given to the city to help it and RIPTA reach three primary goals:
- Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of transit service
- Reduce vehicle miles traveled
- Reduce household transportation costs
- Increase transit ridership
- Create vibrant neighborhood-based community hubs at key nodes
- Spur infill development
- Recycle vacant and underutilized land
- Stimulate private investment and institutional investment
- New Providence Zoning Ordinance
- Increase participation in the planning process
- Broaden land use discussion to include traditionally marginalized groups
At RIPTA, this grant is being utilized to facilitate improvements on 3 high ridership routes in Providence (Routes 20, 27, & 56) and the development of RIPTA’s first Rapid Bus Route, where Routes 11 & 99 currently exist. This grant is being used as a means to review, update, and address RIPTA’s bus stop standards, service standards, and on-street presence within the state of Rhode Island.
For more information, please contact Greg Nordin, Transit Planner at RIPTA at email@example.com or 784-9500 x237.