BOSTON — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority selected HDR to provide planning and engineering services for an alternatives analysis and environmental assessment for the Providence Core Connector Study. An earlier study produced by the transit authority, city of Providence, and HDR set forth 10 recommendations for improving the metropolitan transit network and setting the stage for associated development, mobility, and livability benefits. The team is partnering again to assess feasibility, cost, and benefits of constructing an urban circulator to connect key locations in the two-mile corridor between Rhode Island Hospital, Downcity, and College Hill.

The project is unique in that it will streamline the study process to prepare the transit authority quickly for potential federal funding opportunities. Alternatives analysis/environmental assessment studies are required by the Federal Transit Authority for potential major transit investments. The project could serve as a model that could be applied elsewhere, said David Vozzolo, HDR principal in charge of the study.