RIDOT Launches Providence to Bristol Ferry Service


By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – If you were planning to start out your Memorial Day weekend by taking the ferry from Providence to Newport, you were probably disappointed to find out that all trips were cancelled on Friday because of mechanical issues. But, that really didn’t deter from the other big news of the day, RIDOT’s new ferry service between Providence and Bristol.

RIDOT Director Peter Alviti says, “It’s part of our long-term plans to extend our ferry service as a way to take cars off the road and put people on the bay.”

Bristol is an added stop for summer weekends along the already-in-place Providence to Newport ferry, which is expected to return to service Saturday.

Alviti says, “This is particularly good news for the hundreds of people who wish they could find a better way to get to Bristol and the world famous Fourth of July festivities.”

People in Bristol say they’re excited about the new service, hoping it will mean more visitors to their town.

Town of Bristol Director of Community Development Diane Williamson says, “It’s going to bring people into Bristol to go to the shops and the restaurants, and hopefully maybe stay overnight.”

Williamson says she also looks forward to taking the ferry herself from Bristol to both Providence and Newport.

Williamson says, “I know he’s got some WaterFire boats that will be in Providence for WaterFire events, so I’m really looking forward to that too.  And then of course Newport is a great day trip from here.”

The Providence to Newport ferry runs 7 days a week through Columbus Day, and will stop in Bristol twice a day in each direction on weekends through Labor Day.

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