When the first CapeFlyer left the station on Memorial Day weekend, there wasn’t a doubt in Thomas Cahir’s mind that the weekend train service to Cape Cod would prove successful in its first summer.
But as the passenger totals came in and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey was inspired to extend the service past Labor Day to Columbus Day weekend, the train became almost too successful for Cahir, administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. The CapeFlyer made its last run of the season on Monday, leaving Hyannis for Boston at 6:30 p.m.
At 11:10 a.m. Monday, the last inbound CapeFlyer train of the season pulled into the Hyannis Transportation Center. Among the 35 passengers were Barbara and Glenn Shadduck, who live in a suburb of Seattle, Wash. The couple had picked up the train in Braintree. They were a little confused about the schedule for Columbus Day and what time the train would depart from Braintree for the Cape. Still, the ride down had made them very happy, seeing the cranberry bogs and Cape houses and more.
While hesitant to expand the service too quickly, Cahir said the lessons from this summer have led him to believe a third stop could be called for on the Cape’s side of the Cape Cod Canal.
About 25 percent of CapeFlyer passengers were bound either for Falmouth or the Islands. And while buses were ready to transport passengers off to destinations such as the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority docks, Cahir said a third train stop near the Bourne Bridge could shave 20 minutes off the trip to Falmouth.
For the complete story by C. Ryan Barber, go to Cape Cod Online.