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MassDOT pegged cost of the seasonal service at $20.8 million, and it was originally scheduled to run through Labor Day Weekend.
The Cape Flyer, a pilot rail route from Boston to Hyannis, will extend its service beyond Labor Day weekend, running the weekend train through Columbus Day weekend.
“Numerous customers and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce have asked about the possibility of extending service into the fall, and with festivals and other events scheduled after Labor Day weekend and extending our ‘season’, we are excited to keep this transit option available to our visitors,” Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) Administrator Thomas Cahir, a former state representative from Bourne, said in a statement.
The CCRTA is running the weekend train along old tracks in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA, as part of a pilot program that has attracted 11,031 customers from Memorial Day weekend through Sunday morning.
"Cost effective and enjoyable travel": - Gov. Patrick
Gov. Deval Patrick cheered the extension of the “cost effective, efficient and enjoyable travel” as a “boost for residents and tourists alike.”
The train to the Cape, which was part of the governor’s transportation plan predicated on $1.9 billion in new revenue for transportation and education, was announced the same day House and Senate leaders announced agreement on a tax bill to generate $500 million in revenue for transportation and other budget priorities. MassDOT pegged cost of the seasonal service at $20.8 million, and it was originally scheduled to run through Labor Day weekend.
CapeFlyer had already collected enough fares to cover the approximately $165,000 annual cost of operating the train.
Trips cost $20 one-way or $35 round trip. Trains run between South Station and Hyannis, a transfer point for buses that run across the Cape and also offers access to car and bike rentals and a free shuttle bus trip to ferry docks where for an additional cost, travelers can ride boats to and from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
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