New “Business Class” Fast Ferry Services to Block Island Stalled by Town Council

QUONSET, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island Fast Ferry has a new boat in their fleet  that is supposed to serve as a faster ferry from Quonset to Block Island.

However, the new boat hasn’t been welcomed to the island just yet, as it does not have a place to dock.

Currently, the new catamaran named, “Julia Leigh,” is transporting passengers back and forth from Quonset to Martha’s Vineyard, as the town council in New Shoreham has not approved R.I. Fast Ferry’s request to build a dock.

“If we had a dock right now, we’d be providing a service to the island — a higher level of service,” said President and Owner of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, Charlie Donadio.

“But right now Martha’s Vineyard is benefiting from the new boat, and they love it!”

The Julia Leigh arrived three weeks ago, and immediately began transporting passengers to and from the Vineyard, as well as taking passenger for lighthouse tours across the Narragansett Bay.

The new ship boasts luxury amenities, such as air conditions, flat screen TV’s, a full-service bar, hardwood carpets, and state-of-the-art navigation systems.

R.I. Fast Ferry is advertising the boat as a “business class” boat, which significantly cuts down travel time to and from Block Island, while also giving passengers the convenience of leaving from Quonset instead of Galilee.

The company hopes to land a dock in New Shoreham, and start services to Block Island in May of 2020.

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