The CapeFLYER is excited to announce that during July 19-21 it had the highest ridership of any non-holiday weekend during its inaugural summer.
In total, 996 passengers left their cars at home and used the new train service from Boston to Hyannis to escape the heat and humidity and enjoy all that Cape Cod and the Islands have to offer during the summer. 569 customers took the train to Hyannis and Buzzards Bay and 427 took the train back – including 296 on the Sunday return trip, which is the highest ridership for any single non-holiday train so far. In total, the CapeFLYER has carried over 8,100 passengers over first nine weekends.
“We are thrilled that the interest in the CapeFLYER continues to grow and that more and more people are taking advantage of this exciting new service,” remarked Thomas S. Cahir, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority administrator. “As more people become aware of this fun, stress-free and affordable way to visit the Cape in the summer, ridership will continue to increase. More people can take advantage of the special nature of the Cape in the summer without adding to congestion on the roads.”
“Just halfway into its first summer, the CapeFLYER is already proving to be a positive new improvement that can bring new visitors to visit our beaches, recreational areas, Cape league baseball games, museums and restaurants,” noted Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. “Already we are seeing businesses finding creative ways to partner with this new service to encourage more visitors to the Cape.”
The success of the CapeFLYER is due in part to the recognition it has been receiving in publications such as New York Times, London Sunday Times, Horizon Travel Magazine, USA Today’s 10 Best, the Daily Beast and on-air broadcasts including Chronicle, Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers USA and NECN.
The CapeFLYER is an innovative partnership between the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to provide round-trip train service on summer weekends from Boston to Cape Cod between Memorial Day and Labor Day.