Coming off an unexpectedly popular inaugural season, the CapeFLYER passenger train will resume its seasonal weekend operation between Boston and Hyannis on Friday, May 23.
The CapeFLYER, which stops in Buzzards Bay, this year has added a stop in Wareham to its schedule, according to Thomas S. Cahir of Pocasset, administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.
The train is scheduled to operate through the Labor Day weekend. But Mr. Cahir said yesterday that the government agencies that operate the CapeFLYER are prepared to extend its season, as they did last year when ticket sales exceeded expectations.
The train ended up running through the Columbus Day weekend.
By the end of its five-month season, the CapeFLYER had carried 16,586 riders and generated $290,756 in fare revenue.
“The CapeFLYER’s goal during the inaugural season was to provide a safe and reliable way to bring people to the Cape and Islands without needing their cars, thereby reducing congestion for everyone coming to Cape Cod,” Mr. Cahir said.
“The first year was a rousing success and we believe that the second year will only be better,” he said.
To provide riders with another destination option, the CapeFLYER will stop in Wareham at a station off Main Street near the Wareham Fire Department.
“Wareham has been trying to get commuter rail for a number of years, and along with Bourne, is still hoping that Middleborough [service] is extended down through Wareham into Buzzards Bay,” Mr. Cahir said yesterday.
“In the interim, they wanted a CapeFLYER stop, so we accommodated them,” he said.
Transit authority spokesman Kathleen Jensen said that the train again will include a café car as well as a bicycle car with racks to store bicycles and tools for on-board tune-ups. Ms. Jensen said a second bicycle car will be added later in the season.
In addition to its Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule, the train will operate on May 26, July 3 and September 1.
The CapeFLYER is operated as a partnership by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.
“CapeFLYER is a proven success in giving customers from the Greater Boston area a quick, convenient and car-free option to enjoy the attractions, beaches and restaurants of the Cape and islands,” said Richard A. Davey, secretary and chief executive officer of the state Department of Transportation.
“We also hope that local residents will use CapeFLYER to conveniently enjoy all their fantastic region has to offer without having to drive,” Mr. Davey said.
More information about this year’s CapeFLYER service, including the schedule and fares, is available by visiting www.capeflyer.com.