The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has joined forces with the city of Providence to enhance security measures at Kennedy Plaza. RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian said that passengers have requested more amenities, including greater security. Previous attempts to hire private security to patrol the area were unsuccessful, so now, instead of continuing to fund private security, RIPTA will give $100,000 to the city to increase the number of police officers present. The organization will also give $50,000 to the Downtown Improvement District for additional safety ambassadors. RIPTA is looking for proposals to build a new transit center on Dorrance Street. Some advocates, such as former Mayor Joe Paolino, would like to see the buses relocated altogether to bring new life to Kennedy Plaza.

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