Starts & Stops

CapeFlyer carries 770 passengers during its inaugural weekend

Perry Davis of Bourne watches the CapeFLYER train pass by after it crossed over the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in Bourne on route to Hyannis.  Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe
Perry Davis of Bourne watches the CapeFLYER train pass by after it crossed over the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in Bourne on route to Hyannis. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston GlobeCredit:

It wasn’t exactly beachgoing weather — 45 degrees on Memorial Day weekend?! — but the rain and cold don’t seem to have hurt the inaugural run of CapeFlyer, the Boston-Hyannis train service that rebooted this past weekend. The train carried 770 passengers between Friday and Sunday, a spokesman for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority said today.

That’s way more than what transportation officials believe is necessary to break even by the end of summer: They estimate that 310 passengers per weekend will keep the service afloat.

Throughout the summer, I’ll be checking back to see if the CapeFlyer, which costs $35 for a round-trip and $20 one-way, remains popular once the buzz wears off. (Previous iterations of the storied Cape train were shuttered because of flagging ridership.)

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But transportation officials are optimistic: MassDOT’s deputy rail administrator, Jody Ray, mused to the New York Times that he’d like to install real-time car traffic monitors on the train “so that rail passengers can better appreciate their decision to choose the rails over the roads.”

And judging from the Tweets from over the weekend, passengers appeared pleased with the service — and perhaps most of all, with the bar car.

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