Rhode Island - Transportation



As of 2000, Providence & Worcester was the only freight-hauling railroad in operation, utilizing 102 rail mi (164 km) of track. In the same year, chemicals accounted for most of the 598,410 tons of freight brought into or hauled from the state. In 1996, Amtrak operated 16 daily trains through Rhode Island.

In 2000, there were 6,052 mi (9,739 km) of public highways and roads; 779,054 motor vehicles were registered in 2000, and 654,035 drivers' licenses were in force. The major route through New England, I-95, crosses Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority provides commuter bus service connecting urbanized areas.

Some of the best deepwater ocean ports on the east coast are in Narragansett Bay. The port at Providence handled 8.9 million tons of cargo in 2000.

There were 26 airfields in 2002, including 10 airports, 15 heliports, and 1 seaplane base. Theodore Francis Green Airport is the major air terminal, with 2,684,204 passengers enplaned in 2000.



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