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June 24, 2017

Rhode Island Officials Will Kick off First Day of Service for Providence to Newport Ferry on Friday in Providence


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The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and Seastreak invite the public to the first day of ferry service between Providence and Newport.

The day will begin at 12 pm at 25 India Street in Providence with brief remarks from Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano, Peter Alviti, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and Seastreak President Jim Barker.

Capping the day’s event will be the season’s inaugural cruise at 12:30 pm of the Ocean State ferry across Narragansett Bay to Newport. The ferry will return from Newport at 3 pm.

What’sUpNewp reports that the 2017 season will run from June 16th to October 1st, 41 days longer than the 2016 season. Also in the 2017 season, the Newport to Providence Ferry will offer 4 trips on weekdays and 5 trips on weekends. Compared to 3 trips on weekdays and 4 trips on weekends in 2016.

In 2016 and in what was called a successful pilot season by many in the travel and tourism industry, the Newport to Providence Ferry had approximately 470 trips scheduled over 67 days between July 1st and September 5th. Approximately 960 trips will be offered in 2017.

Tickets and schedules for the ferry are available now at www.RideTheBayRI.com.

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Ryan Belmore, a Newport resident and life-long Rhode Islander, is the Editor & Publisher of www.whatsupnewp.com and www.whatsuprhodeisland.com. Belmore is an on-air personality on Radio Newport 105.9FM, on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust, and is the organizer of the Newport Holiday Stroll. Belmore was the digital/social media coordinator for the '15 Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover and has previously worked for the New England Patriots, American Cancer Society and hosted a radio talk show on AM 1540 WADK. Contact Ryan by phone at 401-662-1653, by e-mail at Ryan@whatsupnewp.com or on Twitter at @Ryan_Belmore.