Should state funding be restored for the seasonal Providence-to-Newport ferry?

By PBN Staff
Posted 3/10/09

Last summer, nearly 43,000 people took the RIPTA-operated Providence-to-Newport ferry. But in order for the ferry to operate, the state subsidized it to the tune of nearly half a million dollars.

Given the difficult fiscal straits the state finds itself in, there will be no ferry this summer. Is that the correct choice for the state to make?

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If the CO emitted by the ferry is lower than that of the land vehicles it takes to move the same number of folks from Prov to Newps and back, this is a no-brainer. There should be enough volume data over the last few years to calculate this.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | Report this

i am sure some of the stimulus money could be used to assist in fiinancing the ferry this summer. the money used in this manner would appear to be better used than supporting some of the questionable social programs that have been identified. as you well know, the ferry is a great tourist attraction.

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