MA: CapeFlyer Train Riding High

More people rode the CapeFlyer this Memorial Day weekend than last, putting the seasonal weekend train service between Boston and Cape Cod on track to another year in the black, an official said.

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.

That's up from 808 in 2013, the service's inaugural year, when it generated $17,863, Cahir said.

Cahir said the amount of revenue from this Memorial Day weekend won't be available until Wednesday — due to varying ticket rates — but the uptick in passengers from last year bodes well for the service.

"We're very happy, especially considering the weather on the Cape wasn't stellar," he said. "We anticipate a good year."

Last year, the CapeFlyer had 16,586 riders from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, generating a total of $290,756, Cahir said.

Officials initially planned for it to run only until Labor Day, but extended the service due to demand.

"We don't have any longterm objectives, other than to run an efficient, fiscally prudent service that gets people out of their cars," he said.

Fares cost $40 per person 13 or older, round trip, from South Station to Hyannis — with stops in Braintree, Middleboro/Lakeville, Wareham Village and Buzzards Bay. Children 12 or younger, as well as pets and bicycles, travel free, Cahir said, and seniors and people with disabilities ride for 50 percent off with a Senior CharlieCard or Transportation Access Pass Charlie-Card. Local bus service is coordinated with train arrivals to help people get to other destinations on the Cape.

"It's still very reasonable for the service you get," Cahir said, "especially when you factor in not having to pay for gas and deal with the stress of sitting in traffic for hours."

This year, the CCRTA is working with the organizers of the Pan-Mass Challenge, an Aug. 2 bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research, to transport volunteers by offering a late morning and a late afternoon train that day, he said.

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