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CapeFlyer Sees Year-Over-Year Opening Weekend Ridership Increase

Bourne 05/18/2013: The CapeFLYER train crosses over the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in Bourne on route to Hyannis. The CapeFyer, a train from South Station, made a trial run from South Station to the Transportation Center in Hyannis. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (metro) Reporter: Martine Powers
The CapeFLYER train crosses over the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in Bourne on route to Hyannis. The Boston Globe

The CapeFlyer train service, offering summertime transit between Boston and Cape Cod, had a strong opening weekend, carting more than 1,000 passengers from Friday through Memorial Day, the Boston Herald reports.

A total of 1,037 passengers rode the rails to and from the Cape from Friday night through last night, said Thomas Cahir, administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.

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According to Cahir, that’s an increase of 28 percent with 200 more riders compared to last year’s opening-weekend ridership of 808.

Revenue figures were not immediately available, the Herald reports. Though there was an uptick in ridership and an increase in prices for rides to and from Boston to the Cape this year, the new season also brought discounts for seniors and people with disabilities. So it will be interesting to see how the revenues compare when the weekend’s figures are released, which should happen later this week.

The CapeFlyer service ran as a pilot program last year before being made permanent in the fall following what was widely perceived as a successful run that saw more than 16,500 riders.

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