By Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island transportation officials say ridership for the Providence-to-Newport ferry service during its inaugural summer exceeded their expectations.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released the final statistics for the service on Friday.

RIDOT Supervising Planner Julie Oakley told WJAR-TV ( that a total of 33,221 passenger trips were made between July 1 and Labor Day weekend. That’s 20 percent more trips than the agency projected. The pilot program launched July 1.

Oakley says the busiest day was July 23, with more than 750 people taking the Providence-to-Newport ferry that day.

Seventy percent of passengers who used the service were Rhode Islanders. The rest were from out of state.

RIDOT is hoping to bring the service back next summer.

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