The CapeFLYER completed its unofficial inaugural run on Saturday
without a hitch with a slight hour-plus delay. No worries, the powers that be promise the track work will be completed by Friday. Good timing since the Boston to Hyannis passeger rail will officially begin Memorial through Labor Day weekend rail service on Friday. Meanwhile, here are some CapeFLYER fun facts:
· Bikes ride for free, when accompanied by a human, in a recently upcycled space: "The bike car includes open space and racks that can hold a total of 28 bikes. The car, a recycled New Jersey Transit car, was designed and built in about five weeks, said Patrick Allen, an engineer at STV Inc.'s Boston office." The nip and tuck includes new floors, a revamped electrical system and a snack bar.
· The snack bar will be operated by the same company that operates on the Steamship Authority ferries. "In addition to sandwiches and sodas, the snack stand will also sell bloody marys, mimosas and other alcoholic beverages." There were previous promises that local snacks and booze would be served, which would be awesome.
· The CapeFLYER's ceremonial trip made it the first passenger train to cross the railroad bridge from Buzzards Bay in more than a quarter-century.
· There's a maximum capacity of 1,100 passengers on Saturdays and Sundays, fewer on Fridays.
· Maximum speed is 70 mph. According to Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Thomas Cahir, "It was never intended to be a panacea or a high-speed service."
· Here's a 35 second video of the CapeFLYER arriving in Hyannis:
· Will Boston-Hyannis train fly? [Cape Cod Times]
· After decades-long hiatus, train service to Cape Cod embarks on trial run before official debut [Boston Globe]
· CapeFLYER's first arrival in Hyannis [Youtube]
· Our CapeFLYER Archives [Curbed Cape Cod]