Providence-Newport ferry carries more than 1,000 in 1st weekend

(Photo: WPRI 12/ Madeleine Wright)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The numbers are in from the inaugural weekend of the new Providence-to-Newport ferry service.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says more than 1,000 people took advantage of the service over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Officials say from July 1 through July 4 approximately 1,300 people took the ferry from Providence to Newport. All of the morning trips to Newport were sold out, and all but one of the midday trips reached capacity.

The new service is a pilot program, and will run seven days a week through Labor Day. Officials will look at the numbers at the end of the season to make a determination on the service for next year.

Fares are $10 for adults each way and $5 for children, seniors and those with disabilities.

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