CapeFLYER, the much-anticipated Memorial Day through Labor Day summer weekend rail service, is set to roll out of Boston's South Station on May 18 for a ceremonial trip to Hyannis. Politicos, railroad enthusiasts and business folks will make up the passenger list for the dry-run, with a ceremony at the Hyannis transportation station to follow. Less than a week after that ribbon is cut, it's all aboard the CapeFLYER!
There are a few new details since we last wrote about the service, but let's begin with the schedule:
· It's clearly no TGV, but no one said it would be. Plus, it can take that long to move an inch in bridge traffic.
· There will be extra holiday service - with Monday trains for Memorial Day & Labor Day, Wednesday trains for Independence Day.
· Booyah! CapeFLYER will have an onboard bar, free Wi-Fi, a food car, air-conditioning, and no charge for bicycles.
· Although there's capacity for 2,500 passengers, the service will break even if there are just 600 riders over each weekend.
· Proposed stops in West Barnstable and Sandwich aren't happening - at least not in the first year of service.
· Preparations are underway to make the most of the stop in Bourne: "Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Buzzards Bay will offer its services to rail passengers at the Buzzards Bay stop. Both the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and Steamship Authority will station buses in Buzzards Bay as well to take passengers to other destinations, notably Mashpee, Falmouth and the ferry docks in Woods Hole. A taxi service will also be contracted to meet the train."
· CapeFLYER [Official]
· CapeFLYER [Facebook]
· CapeFlyer to make ceremonial train run on May 18 [Bourne Courier]
· 10 Things to Know about Boston to Hyannis Rail Service [Curbed Cape Cod]