First weekend of Cape train service successful, Wareham stop planned

By Jaime Rebhan | May 28, 2013
Photo by: Jaime Rebhan Crews worked on the Station Street railroad crossing in West Wareham on Thursday, May 23, in preparation for the start of CapeFLYER service the following day.

More than 750 people rode the rails during the first weekend of summer passenger rail service from Boston to Hyannis. And, as long as the service is continued, officials say Wareham will be a stop on the line next year.

"There will be a stop in Wareham next year," said Tom Cahir, administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. "If the train runs, there will be a stop in Wareham."

This year's "CapeFLYER" service, which launched on Friday, May 24, is a pilot effort to ease Cape traffic. The inaugural service was designed to provide a foundation for potentially expanded service next summer.

It's off to a good start.

"We were astounded by the numbers," said Cahir, explaining that despite soggy weather, 770 people rode  over the weekend. "We were absolutely amazed at the response that we continue to get. ... We couldn't be happier, considering the inclement weather."

Crews had been completing work on the tracks in recent weeks in order to accommodate CapeFLYER trains going 55 mph.

The idea of the faster trains worried Wareham residents and town officials. To alleviate safety concerns, the trains slowed down to 30 mph in Wareham, Cahir said. That caused a few scheduling issues and late-arriving trains, but passengers didn't seem to mind.

"They thought it was better than sitting in traffic," Cahir noted, and said that most of the passengers were traveling from the metropolitan Boston area.

"It was a good weekend," Cahir said. "A good first start."

The CapeFLYER completes Boston to Hyannis runs on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings, and Hyannis to Boston runs late Friday nights and on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Service runs through September 2, and will run from South Station in Boston to the Hyannis Transportation Center. The closest stop to Wareham right now is in Buzzards Bay.

For more information, visit www.capeflyer.com.

Comments (17)
Posted by: Hissing Cobra | May 28, 2013 22:34

If there is going to be a stop in Wareham next year, where will it be? Right in the downtown area? I think a brand new station should be build on the property across from Benny's (on the corner across from Charlie's Place in the burned out building area). There would be plenty of parking for all and with it being right on 28, it would be a very easy centralized location for rail service.



Posted by: Haminator | May 28, 2013 23:54

the idea of a tourist train stop in wareham is ridiculous. if you think someone is going to leave all that boston has to offer so they can pick up a 6 pack at the jug shop you are crazy. the stop in buzzards bay makes sense and it is close enough to wareham for people that might actually be staying in town such as renting a cottage in onset. all a wareham train stop is going to do is make a long train ride even longer and that will lessen the appeal of the train.



Posted by: boomtastic | May 29, 2013 06:00

The extension of the line is great news, and an additional stop in Wareham would be an excellent choice. People have been asking for a stop there for many years, and prior to the Rt. 25 construction Wareham WAS the place to go before the Cape. This stop would bring back tourism and commuters from the city. Anyone that's sat in traffic either trying to drive into or out of the city will love riding in on the train, and not having to drive out of town to catch it either.



Posted by: KAREN SPINKS | May 29, 2013 06:40

YES!!!!!

Um, Haminator, ever been in the city when it close to 100 degrees? It's the last place you want to be.

I drove back from Boston on Memorial Day. It was bumper to bumper, leaving the Cape, for miles.  The train is going to be a godsend.

Now we need the Bike Path constructed in Wareham. Do you know how many people drive to Falmouth ( skipping Wareham) to get on the Bike Path?   Can we think about making Wareham inviting to kayakers and cyclists?  Please make it happen!



Posted by: kruther | May 29, 2013 08:00

The good old days:  trains to Wareham, the place to vacation without the hassle of Bridges.  Close at hand.   What's wrong with that picture?  I drive from Wareham to Falmouth for the bike path.  Kayaking is a challenge here to find places to park and put in.  Onset for tourist shopping!  Not a destination for me.  Truth be told, a lot of imagiative bold redevelopment needs to happen.  What Wareham has, however, is God give resourses and beauty.  If people are interested in doing so, let me know where to sign up.  As for the train, what is exciting about it is that the tracks are getting repaired; one step closer to extending commuter rail to Wareham?  How do you eat an elephant: one bite at a time.  Go Wareham!



Posted by: joycebakes | May 29, 2013 08:18

Imagine!  In "You can't get that kind of money from Warehm"...  Wareham, a not wealthy town with little current room for business growth without interferring with the little town feel.   A beach community that has to cancel beahc clean-ups in the summer.  There is no current room for expansion in the heart of town.  A hotel in a town with lots of water, rivers and beaches, and a train stop too.  And not a long hop to any casino along route 495...  Just think- bike rental businesses, restaurants, car rentals, dog walkers, house cleaners, theaters, plays, entertainment variety, property managers, computer technicians, business managers, painters, electricians.   I could go on and hope I have made my point.

A Not Yuor Average Joe's would be a nice addition too- in Randolph and Hyannis...



Posted by: barnstorm | May 29, 2013 09:18

Sorry, but there will be no Casino along Rt. 495. Middleboro and Foxboro residents both overwhelmingly rejected having one in their town. It's a losing proposition in these economic times. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have been 2 yrs. behind in their mortgage payments to the banks holding their notes. They are losing money. People are having difficulty in just trying to pay their bills. They're lucky to find a couple of dollars for a just a scratch ticket. Massachusetts wants 3 Casinos? And the taxpayers will be on the hook for paying for the entire infrastructure cost. Bad idea for a state that is $16 billion in debt. How's it working out for Connecticut right now?



Posted by: Haminator | May 29, 2013 09:29

a stop in wareham only makes sense if the buzzards bay stop is eliminated. we already have a stop just about a 100 yards of our town border. another stop will slow the train down even more. combine the low speed limit asked of the train while it is in wareham with another stop just a few minutes away from buzzards bay and you have a deal killer right there. get over your excitement about the possibility of a wareham stop and really think about it. the train will lose its appeal and won't be a practical option. instead our efforts should be focused on making sure people getting off in buzzards bay have a way to get into wareham and around town. make sure the gatra busses and taxis are there to meet the train in buzzards bay. make sure the bus service is tourist friendly and flexible. have a few zip cars parked there and team up with the other car rental companies to promote the area and advertise deals.



Posted by: barnstorm | May 29, 2013 09:38

Karen makes a good point about traffic to the Cape. I'm having a hard time understanding Haminator's "all that Boston has to offer" argument. Bumper to bumper traffic, no place to park except garages that charge outrageous fees. Has anyone been to Copley Sq. lately? Drunken bums in your face trying to shake you down for money no matter where you walk. Winos urinating right on the stairs leading up to the Public Library. Abandoned buildings and foreclosures. Cost of living there is one of the highest in the U.S..  



Posted by: Haminator | May 29, 2013 11:45

okay i will spell it out for you then. boston = all that you mentioned plus great museums, restaurants, professional sports teams, big name concerts, the seaport district, the freedom trail, quincy market, the boston harbor islands and too much else to mention. my point is there is no need to add a stop minutes away from the existing stop in buzzards bay just over the town line. people traveling from the boston area are not going to be impressed with our tiny downtown the most likely location of a wareham train stop. our efforts should be focused on helping tourists getting off the train in buzzards bay with transportation to and around onset and the rest of wareham.



Posted by: Mike Flaherty | May 29, 2013 12:18

To the point that Ham is trying to make...

 

"Nobody goes there anymore.  It's too crowded."

-- Yogi Berra



Posted by: KAREN SPINKS | May 29, 2013 12:18

Haminator.... It's not about trying to impress people with "our tiny downtown". It's about having the train stop because it's where we live and some of us will be using it.  My hope is that the commuter rail will encourage people to consider relocating to Wareham and invest in our RE.  In that case a train stop in Wareham would be important.

I totally agree that Boston has much to offer. I spend a lot of time there and appreciate the stimulation. Having said that, summer in the city can be rough evidenced by the number of people who leave during July and August.



Posted by: WantToSeeChange | May 29, 2013 12:50

I wouldn't mind seeing it stop here at all.  I don't think it will bring much in the way of tourists here as I am guessing that they are on their way to the Cape but it would be great to catch the train in town.



Posted by: Haminator | May 30, 2013 00:17

some seem to be missing my point. more stops means making a long train ride even longer. we already have a stop just over our town line with bourne. it is a decent station with plenty of parking. if a stop is added in wareham and 2 or 3 other towns insist on a stop then the train ride will be over 3 and a half hours long. being greedy and insisting on 2 stops in our area could doom the success of the train because it will take too long to be practical. i would like to see the train be a success and for service to be expanded. i have no problem driving my car 30 seconds over the town line and hopping on the train.



Posted by: WantToSeeChange | May 30, 2013 06:30

How many useless stops are there on the Red Line heading into Boston?  Plenty.  It survives because the final destination is good enough for people to wait for it to stop all those times.  If it fails, it fails.

 

However, I would much rather park in Buzzards Bay than behind the stores on Merchants Way.  At this point, it is a safer place to get out of your parking spot and safer to leave your car in general.



Posted by: barnstorm | May 30, 2013 09:35

 

Isn't the purpose of a commuter train to be accessible to as many locations possible? The stops only become useless when nobody gets on or off. I think the Marriott Hotel shuttle would appreciate not having to drive down to Buzzards Bay in that awful traffic on Rt.28 when picking up their patrons. What are we talking here, 5 minutes? It's the weekend, you're on vacation, not stuck in traffic trying to crawl over that bridge. I really don't think they'll be any complaints. And I agree with Mike Flaherty's point. It's crowded, a major inconvenience to get there and  I don't care if you give a list of attractions to infinity. It quite simply sucks going there.



Posted by: PMB | May 30, 2013 11:44

A Wareham stop would be terrific.  We already have a large population in the summer who come from Boston and its surrounding area.  Many summer residents of Swifts Beach, Hamilton Beach and Onset already come from Boston.  It would be great if visitors and relatives of these folks could hop on the train in Boston and get picked up at the Merchants Way station.  They already come here, so it would be nice to eliminate as many cars as possible in town on weekends.  Also, a stop in Wareham would eliminate one of the major issues with the Cape Flyer.  If the train stops in Wareham center, it will not be "flying" through the Merchants Way area at high speed eliminating one of the major concerns of having rail service go through town.  It would also be nice for some of us locals who might want to go to Boston for the day, on a Saturday, and not have to drive to, and park in the city.  I hope we get a stop in Wareham sooner, rather than later.



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