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Getting Here and Around
T. F. Green Airport, 10 miles south of Providence, has scheduled daily flights by most major airlines, including Air Canada, Cape Air, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, United, and US Airways. By cab, the ride from T. F. Green Airport to Downtown Providence takes about 15 minutes and costs about $28 to $32. The Airport Taxi & Limousine Service shuttle, running from the airport to Downtown hotels, Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University, costs $11 per person each way.
At Kennedy Plaza in Downtown Providence, you can board the local Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses or trolleys. The Route 92 trolley links Federal Hill to the East Side and the Route 6 trolley links Downtown to the Roger Williams Park & Zoo. RIPTA fares are $2 per ride; an all-day pass is $6. Exact-cash fare is needed when boarding buses or change is distributed back in a fare card. RIPTA buses also service T. F. Green Airport; Route 14 links the airport to Kennedy Plaza.
When traveling between New York City and Boston, Amtrak makes stops at Westerly, Kingston, and Providence. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service connects Boston and Providence to T. F. Green Airport and Wickford Junction during weekday morning and evening rush hours for a little more than half the cost of an Amtrak ride. MBTA provides weekday service year-round with runs scheduled from early morning to noon and late afternoon to approximately 10:15 pm. The fare from the airport to Providence is $2.25 per person or $8.25 between T. F. Green and Boston's South Station.
Overnight parking is not allowed on Providence streets, though the city was in the process of implementing a parking permit program for residents at this writing. During the day it can be difficult to find curbside parking, especially Downtown and on Federal and College hills. A large parking garage exists at Providence Place mall.
Providence Preservation Society. The Providence Preservation Society publishes five booklets describing self-guided walking tours of the city available for $3 each at its headquarters. The tours include Benefit Street, the city's waterfront, downtown, the Elmwood section, and the Armory District. 21 Meeting St., Providence, RI, 02903. 401/831–7440. www.ppsri.org. Headquarters open Mon.–Fri. 9–5.
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