The Train To Cape Cod Will Continue Running Through Mid-October
Beach-goers that didn’t have the time to take a trip to Cape Cod via the new Commuter Train service still have a chance to experience what transit officials have described as an “enormously popular” ride.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the MBTA and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, announced Sunday that the CapeFlyer will be in service through October 14, due to high demand and a successful debut season.
The extended service, which runs from South Station to Hyannis, was originally supposed to end come Labor Day weekend, however, after attracting more than 11,000 customers from the start of the summer through the first weekend in August, officials decided to add on an extra month-and-a-half to appease the masses. “This service has been a huge hit with Cape visitors, and we are pleased to keep the trains running for the busy late summer and early fall weekends following Labor Day,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Rich Davey.
The extension was based partly on feedback form customers who have used the train and took a survey about their experience.
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Thomas Cahir said Sunday that numerous customers and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce asked about the possibility of extending service into the fall, and with festivals and other events scheduled after Labor Day weekend, it seemed like the right move. “We are excited to keep this new transit option available to our visitors,” he said.
A round-trip ticket costs $35, and travel time takes a little over two hours. But hopping on the train cuts out the added stress of getting stuck in a Cape Cod-bound traffic nightmare.
Customers may buy tickets on-board the train or on their Smartphone via the MBTA’s “mTicket” mobile ticketing app for Commuter Rail.