PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence to Newport ferry is returning for the summer season, according to ferry operator Seastreak.
Service is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 24, and run through Columbus Day, Oct. 14, per Seastreak's website.
For the first time this year, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) said the ferry is scheduled to make stops in Bristol on weekends and holidays. Last year, the ferry traveled to Bristol for the Fourth of July celebration.
"After a successful first year providing service to the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, we decided to expand our service to Bristol throughout the summer," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said. "Just like our primary service between Providence and Newport, the ferries reduce congestion, motor vehicle emissions and parking problems."
Seastreak is also planning to offer expanded ferry service for WaterFire nights in Providence, including stops in Bristol.
Fares have gone up slightly, according to Seastreak. A one-way adult ticket costs $11, a one-dollar increase from last year. Tickets for children and seniors have increased 50 cents, to $5.50 each way.
Free parking is available in the Providence ferry terminal. This year, RIDOT said they're continuing their joint agreement with the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) that provides a free shuttle service between the Providence ferry terminal and popular locations in the city.