The Newport-Providence Ferry will wrap up their 2016 season and pilot program on Labor Day, the service has proved popular with Rhode Islanders and visitors alike.

The vessel, named the Ocean State, saw immediate success with 1,000 riding during Fourth Of July Weekend and 5,000 tickets sold in it’s first twelve days.

On August 7th, the Providence Journal reported that 15,000 tickets had been sold 15,000 tickets had been sold at that point and that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation was looking at bringing it back next year, and is also considering trips from Providence to places like East Greenwich, Wickford or Brisol.

The ferry service has also garnered national attention, in coverage of news stories following its inaugural weekend and recently on the Weather Channel. The station highlighted Providence during its “Weekend Recharge” segment on affordable destinations, prominently mentioning the new ferry service and the ease of traveling between Providence and Newport.

The seasonal ferry service runs seven days a week through September 5, with three round-trip excursions weekdays (Monday to Thursday), and four scheduled trips each Friday through Sunday. Fares are $10 for adults each way, and $5 for children, seniors, and those with disabilities. The trip time is one hour. Free, secure parking is available at the Providence landing.

The vessel holds a maximum of 149 passengers and also includes bar service. Pets are welcome, and passengers can take their bikes on the ferry for free, but space is limited.

RIDOT will evaluate the ridership at the end of the season to determine the future expansion of the ferry service.

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