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Ferry service between Providence and Newport is launching just in time for the holiday weekend.

The new route begins Friday morning and lasts through the tourist season, until Sept. 5.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is running the service.

Gov. Gina Raimondo says the ferry will offer a new way to beat the traffic, enjoy Narragansett Bay and connect the state's two most popular cities for tourists. RIDOT Director Peter Alviti says it's also a great way for families to see the bay without a private boat.

The service costs $10 one-way for adults and $5 for children, seniors and those with disabilities.

The trip takes one hour, and the ferry includes bar service.

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