5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Traffic Hassle

Looking forward to the holiday weekend but not excited about traffic? Here are some ways to make your commute easier.



It’s (almost) July 4 weekend and judging from the light traffic on the way to work this morning, plenty of people have already started the holiday. And with great weather anticipated and those new beach fees, you can expect lots of company.

But there’s always the dread of summer traffic. Here are some ways that you can ditch the car and help make that voyage a little easier.

  1. Get on the new Providence to Newport ferry. Anyone who has even sat for an hour trapped in Newport traffic will appreciate this. It looks like it’s a beautiful ride on the water, and for $10 a ticket, it’s a bargain. The first trip sets sail this morning and from America’s Cup Avenue, it’s not far to First Beach. Find out more here.

  2. Reserve a parking spot. Headed to Misquamicut? If you decide to drive, the lots get packed. You can reserve a spot before you set out at Flyhawk Parking for $24. 308 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, beachparking.com.

  3. Hop aboard a trolley. You won’t have to fight beach traffic if you drop your car at Narragansett Middle School and take a ride on the beach town’s new official trolley. Pay $10 to park and take the red line back and forth to Narragansett Town Beach from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Or the green line stops at all the beaches (Scarborough, Roger Wheeler, etc.) and businesses around town from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. for $1 a ride. Find out more here.

  4. Take the bus. For the bargain rate of a standard RIPTA ride ($2), you can get started early on your beach reading and let someone else do the driving for you. Stops for beach service include North Providence, Cranston, Woonsocket, Central Falls, Providence and Pawtucket. And they’ll take you to Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler and Scarborough in Narragansett. Find the schedule here.

  5. Stop by a marina. The app Dockwa is like Open Table for boats. Developed by a Newporter Mike Melillo, Dockwa allows you to reserve space in a marina. Find out more here.


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