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Cape train breaks pattern of slow, costly transport projects

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority’s popular new CapeFlyer train service might average barely 30 mph, but it has still set at least one kind of speed record. The weekend train, connecting South Station and Hyannis in a little over two hours, went from idea to reality to success in breathtaking time: It was announced in December, started running in May, and has already carried 9,000 passengers this summer, surpassing ridership projections.

In fact, the transit authority’s head, Thomas S. Cahir, said it could have started the service in 2012. But since the deal relies on using MBTA commuter-rail equipment, and the T’s leadership was in flux last year, he chose to wait.

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