RIPTA: Kennedy Plaza closed to prevent large crowds

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A major transportation hub in Rhode Island’s capital city has been ordered to close as the state scrambles to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced the closure of Kennedy Plaza’s indoor transportation center and photo identification center on Tuesday.

RIPTA CEO Scott Avedesian said the decision was made to prevent the gathering of large crowds, as mandated by Gov. Gina Raimondo and the R.I. Department of Health.

The move comes one day after RIPTA closed the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket, which has an indoor waiting area for passengers. RIPTA also closed the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center to passengers Tuesday evening.

Those who need to purchase fare products are asked to do so on the outdoor ticket vending machines.

Avedeisan said anyone who holds a “no fare” or “reduced fare” pass that is slated to expire this month “does not need to worry,” since he is extending the expiration dates by at least one month. He said since the passes will still read as expired and will not be accepted by the farebox, they will need to be shown to the driver prior to boarding.

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