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Boston-Cape Cod rail service to restart

The rail service would use a bridge across the Cape Cod canal built in 1935.

Globe staff File 2012

The rail service would use a bridge across the Cape Cod canal built in 1935.

For the first time in 25 years, rail service between Boston and Cape Cod is being restored, with weekend trains between South Station and Hyannis beginning in May.

According to the Barnstable Patriot, “the plan is to attach a couple of air-conditioned rail cars and a bike car at South Station to Boston-Middleborough/Lakeville trains, which will continue without switching to Hyannis. Beyond that South Shore station, the Cape-bound train would stop at Wareham, Buzzards Bay, and either West Barnstable or Sandwich before arriving in Hyannis.”


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority service aims to help alleviate summer traffic. Weekend round-trip service is to be priced at about $30. There will be departures to the Cape on Friday evenings and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with return trips on Saturday and Sunday evenings. There is also the possibility of an early-morning Monday return train.

Eric Wilbur

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