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Rhode Island - The Ocean State, known for sandy shores, seaside towns, and home of Brown University
Rhode Island is known for its sandy shores and seaside Colonial towns. It is home to several large cities, including Newport, which is famed for sailing and Gilded Age mansions. Providence, its capital, is home to Brown University, Roger Williams Park, landscaped Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, with the famed WaterFire art installation. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated, following New Jersey, of the 50 U.S. states.
Major Roadways in Rhode Island
Rhode Island has 70 state highways, coordinated and signed by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT). Most of these are partly or fully state highways, roads owned and maintained by RIDOT.
Interstate 95 runs southwest to northeast across the state, linking Rhode Island with other states along the East Coast. Interstate 295 functions as a partial beltway encircling Providence to the west. Interstate 195 provides a limited-access highway connection from Providence (and Connecticut and New York via I-95) to Cape Cod. Initially built as the easternmost link in the (now cancelled) extension of Interstate 84 from Hartford, Connecticut, a portion of U.S. Route 6 through northern Rhode Island is limited-access and links I-295 with downtown Providence.
Go to the Rhode Island 511 site for current traffic conditions.
Rhode Island Transportation
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) operates statewide intra- and intercity bus transport from its hubs at Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Pawtucket, and Newport. RIPTA bus routes serve 38 of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns. RIPTA currently operates 58 routes, including daytime trolley service (using trolley-style replica buses) in Providence and Newport.
The privately run Block Island Ferry links Block Island with Newport and Narragansett with traditional and fast-ferry service, while the Prudence Island Ferry connects Bristol with Prudence Island. Private ferry services also link several Rhode Island communities with ports in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. T
The MBTA Commuter Rail's Providence/Stoughton Line links Providence and T.F. Green Airport with Boston. The line was later extended southward to Wickford Junction. Amtrak's Acela Express stops at Providence Station, linking Providence to other cities in the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak's Northeast Regional service makes stops at Providence Station, Kingston, and Westerly.
Rhode Island's primary airport for passenger and cargo transport is T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, though Rhode Islanders who wish to travel internationally on direct flights or who seek a greater availability of flights and destinations often fly through Logan International Airport in Boston.
The Climate of Rhode Island
Rhode Island has a humid climate, with cold winters and short summers. The average annual temperature is 50°F. At Providence the temperature ranges from an average of 28°F in January to 73°F in July. Rhode Island's weather is highly changeable, with storms and hurricanes an occasional threat.
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What to do after a serious accident in Rhode Island
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a motor vehicle accident in Rhode Island, it is essential to get legal assistance to cover the medical bills, lost income, and other costs that arise. A Rhode Island personal injury attorney will make sure that you and your family are compensated so that you can begin rebuilding your life.
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