PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Service on the popular Providence to Newport ferry has resumed for the summer season on Friday.
Gov. Dan McKee, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti, and R.I. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joined state and local officials to officially kick off the 2021 season.
“I urge everyone to take advantage of this great resource to enjoy Narragansett Bay and everything that Newport, Providence and Bristol have to offer this summer,” McKee said.
The first trip that left Providence was at 9:30 a.m. and the first trip that left Newport was at 10:30 a.m.
The popular service will operate with no capacity limits and run through Columbus Day weekend, including summer stops in Bristol. RIDOT will also run special ferries for those going to the Bristol Fourth of July Parade.
Tickets can be booked in advance online or by calling 1-800-BOATRIDE, and cost $11 each way for adults, and $5.50 each way for children, seniors, and those with disabilities. Bikes and pets are allowed aboard for no additional charge.
“The bay is our greatest natural resource, and we’re pleased to continue this popular service that provides an affordable way for people to experience Narragansett Bay while leaving the car behind, cutting down emissions, and skipping the traffic and parking hassles associated with visiting either Providence or Newport in the summertime,” Alviti said.
Another popular feature returning this year is an agreement for joint ticketing that allows passengers riding Amtrak trains to purchase a ticket that includes the ferry.
The ferry has carries 180,00 people since it debuted in 2016, reaching a high of more than 46,400 riders during the summer of 2019 — the last full season before the pandemic.