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Transportation officials in Rhode Island are moving forward with plans for a new Providence-to-Newport ferry service expected to make its debut this week.

Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti says that the state has reached a tentative agreement with New Jersey-based Seastreak LLC to operate the 149-passenger ferry.

Alviti says the ferry will be up and running July 1 if everything goes well with the Public Utilities Commission.

The service is scheduled to run from India Point in Providence to Perotti Park in Newport through Sept. 5.

The ferry will shuttle passengers on three roundtrips between the two cities on weekdays and four trips on weekends and holidays.

Alviti declined to discuss financial terms of the agreement until it's finalized.

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