- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials are interested in bringing back a daily ferry service that would link Providence to Newport.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1SSx4BW ) transportation officials are searching for a company to run the proposed seven-day-a-week ferries that would run from a site on India Point to Newport’s Perotti Park beginning July 1.

The proposed ferry would be the first to run from Providence to Newport since 2009, when the Rhode Island Public Transit Agency canceled its seasonal route due to the lack of federal funding.

DOT spokesman Charles St. Martin says the new ferry service would cater to both casual summer visitors and commuters.

The DOT’s request for proposals stipulates that the ferry would have to run between 10 a.m. and midnight at minimum.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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