Attached here is a proposal of two proposed routes for the new bus route #49.  Each of them comes with their own potential impact on residential neighbors.

Have a look and leave a comment.  If there is interest in having a public meeting in regards to this, we will organize one for the benefit of the neighborhood.

See the proposed routes here:


Andrew · November 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I live on Highland and have serious safety concerns about this. Two blocks of Highland past TMH are quiet and residential, it makes no sense to me why RIPTA would propose putting a bus route on it when it runs parallel and one block up from the very busy North Main Street. Second , the intersection of 10th and Highland is extremely dangerous already. I have witnessed at least 4 t-bone collisions and countless near misses in the five years I have lived here. In addition the proposed block of 10th is already quite congested with the Miriam shuttle buses coming up the hill, especially in the winter it is going to be gridlock with buses going both up and down the hill. Thanks RIPTA and the Miriam Hospital!

Robert Andrews · November 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

We have too much traffic up Second and Third Street. With Hospice Care, Highland Avenue Medical Center Summit Nursing Care, The RISE building, The Miriam Hospital Parking lots on Third, and people coming off 95N to get to the East Side or the Hospital. We have police, Rescue and Fire Department comning Up Third Street. North Main St. has a plenty of stops as well as Hope Street for RIPTA. Do not invade our community anymore.

Maia Brumberg-Kraus · November 6, 2010 at 7:13 am

This seems to make sense although I’m not sure where the route originates. The hill from Main St. up is a steep one and I’m sure hard for some people to manage-especially if they’re on their way to the hospital, so, some kind of route like this does make sense. Why not up Rochambeau instead?

Paul Klinkman · November 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

Why does the bus spend extra distance going downhill from Camp St. to North Main, then back up to Miriam? People tend to take Pawtucket buses between downtown Providence and that section of North Main, because it’s more direct and no one ever expects or looks for a #49 bus. Wouldn’t it save time and add route flexibility for mobility-impaired locals if the short bus went from Camp to Summit on Rochambeau and then through a neighborhood crammed with possible patrons, over to Miriam.

Dean W · November 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

By the way, we learned that the proposed buses for this route will be the shorter buses, not the full-sized ones.

Dean W · November 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

The yellow is a proposed alternate variation of the bit east of North Main Street. So instead of turning up 5th Street, the yellow line proposes turning up 2nd Street.

Michaela O'Donnell · November 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I’m all for more public transportation. As it is now, anyone visiting Miriam via the current routes, has to walk quite a ways from Hope St. or up the steep hill from North Main. I’m assuming that both of these walks would be hard on someone headed to the hospital for treatment or otherwise.

Brian · November 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Hi all.

First off, what do the yellow/orange colors represent?

Also, I live on 5th and I think it’d be very difficult for buses to physically make the right hand turn off N. Main up 5th. I can imagine it causing trouble for full-size buses. Is this a proposal for full-size buses, smaller ones, or perhaps trollies?

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