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May 27 - Today in Cape Cod History

1968: Robert Kennedy heckled in Oregon over gun control, a week later he was dead; 1988: Rail service returns to Cape
Robert F. Kennedy at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.
Robert F. Kennedy at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.

1968: RFK heckled over gun control, a week later he was dead by an assassin's bullets

On this day, Robert F. Kennedy, then a leading Democratic candidate for President, was heckled on the campaign trail for his support for gun control which after all these deaths and years is still no closer. (The photo on right is at the Ambassador Hotel in LA a week later moments before he was shot.)

The headlines on May 27, 1968 blared these word:

Robert Kennedy Heckled in Oregon Over Gun Controls;
Opposition on Issue Is Called Factor in Primary Today
New York Senator Cites Violence

ROSEBURG, Ore., May 27 -When Senator Robert F. Kennedy arrived in this wooded community of about 15,000 today on an extensive tour of the state there were signs scattered in the crowd proclaiming: "Protect your rights to keep and bear arms."  The Senator's face was grim as he stepped to the microphone...

Read the rest below.

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1988: Daily rail service to Cape is returning on Memorial Day weekend

A one-way ticket from New York will cost $44

On this day in 1988 it was announced that passenger train service to Cape Cod from throughout the Northeast will more than double this summer. Daily service is returning after a 24-year hiatus under a new agreement between Amtrak and a regional railroad.

Transportation officials in Massachusetts hope the expanded service will encourage travelers to leave their cars at home, alleviating congestion on the chronically jammed Cape Cod highway system.

Starting June 21, passengers on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Service may purchase tickets for the port towns of Hyannis and Falmouth, which provide access to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. A one-way ticket from New York will cost $44.

Traffic Worries Cited

''For Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard, service will increase from no train service to at least one round-trip every day of the week,'' said Mark A. Snider, president of the Cape Cod and Hyannis Railroad, which will provide the second leg of the service. ''For Hyannis it means going from two weekend Amtrak trains a week to seven trains a week.''

The new service marks the revival of rail service to Falmouth, abandoned by the New Haven Railroad in 1964. Amtrak began offering weekend-only service to Hyannis at the request of state transportation officials in 1986, but Mr. Snider said the limited service was not enough to alleviate the region's traffic problems.

Service to Hyannis and Falmouth will make its debut Monday, Memorial Day, weekend and then lapse until June 21, when the daily service begins. The weekend Amtrak service to Hyannis will continue between the holiday and the June starting date.

On March 31 the State Legislature approved a $3.1 billion transportation bond issue and earmarked $4 million for rail service, part of which will be used to subsidize the Cape Cod and Hyannis railroad service. Concerns About Bridge Capacity

Robert L. Mumford, transportation project manager for the Cape Cod Planning and Economic Development Commission said the number of cars traveling over the Bourne Bridge, a main traffic artery to the cape and islands region, increased 40 percent in the last five years. In the months of June from 1981 to 1986 the average daily traffic increased from 21,600 to 35,800 cars.

Last summer Amtrak carried 10,773 riders on its weekend Cape Cod service which ran from the last week in May to the second weekend in September, said R. Clifford Black, Amtrak's director of public affairs.

One-way passage between Pennsylvania Station in New York City to either terminal in Falmouth or Hyannis will take approximately six hours.

Coordinated With Ferries

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service runs from Washington to Boston. Cape Cod-bound passengers traveling from New York City will get off the Amtrak train in Attleboro, Mass., where they will be picked up by a Cape Cod and Hyannis Railroad train on the same platform and continue on to the cape. The train splits after leaving the station, with one section bound for Hyannis and the other to Falmouth.

The Hyannis and Falmouth arrival times of the Cape Cod and Hyannis Railroad trains are designed to coordinate with ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. A free shuttle bus between the train station and the boat docks will be provided.

(Above: 1988 AMTRAK schedule brochure cover.)

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