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5/29/2014



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Massachusetts' CapeFlyer service posts ridership growth during Memorial Day weekend


The CapeFlyer carried 1,035 passengers from the Boston area to Cape Cod and the Islands over Memorial Day weekend — a 28 percent increase compared with ridership during the same weekend last year.

CapeFlyer is a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to operate seasonal train service from South Station to Hyannis, Mass. During its inaugural year of 2013, it carried more than 17,000 passengers and generated more than $290,000 in revenue, which was sufficient enough to not require an operating subsidy, MBTA officials said in a press release.

"We're off to a terrific start," said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott. "The numbers prove what we've often repeated. When you provide travelers with an affordable and convenient alternative to the automobile, they will jump on it."



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