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Officials say more than 15,000 tickets have been sold on the new Providence-to-Newport ferry service.

The service that started July 1 has sold out on about three dozen trips. Weekends have been the strongest with a total ridership in the 600 and 700s on Saturdays and Sundays.

The 149-seat ferry connects India Point Park in Providence and Perrotti Park in Newport.

The pilot program runs seven days a week through Labor Day. Officials will look at the numbers at the end of the season to make a determination on the service for next year.

The state Department of Transportation may consider trips from Providence to places like East Greenwich, Bristol or Wickford.

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