BOSTON – MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott was joined by legislative leaders and local officials this morning to celebrate the opening of the Wareham Village Station on the CapeFLYER line. Service to the Wareham Village Station will start tomorrow June, 27th at the new stop, located off of Main Street in Wareham. Service will provide Wareham residents the opportunity to board the CapeFLYER and avoid sitting in traffic, while also allowing for thousands of customers to visit Wareham.
“I’m thrilled to see CapeFLYER expanding its service; meeting the growing demand for quick, stress-free, affordable transportation to the Cape,” said MBTA General Manager, Dr. Beverly Scott. “The MBTA and MassDOT know the value in transportation investment and Wareham Village Station is another example of our commitment to improve and expand service throughout the Commonwealth.”
In October of 2013, Governor Deval Patrick announced plans for a stop in Wareham to be added to the CapeFLYER route, and just eight months later the Wareham Village Station is ready for service. With design work beginning in January of 2014, the Wareham Village Station is now an intercity rail station that meets Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) commuter rail requirements allowing for level boarding at all coaches.
“The Cape Flyer is an easy and enjoyable way to travel, and the opening of Wareham station makes it even easier for people from the South Coast get to the Cape and relax without having to stress about traffic” said Representative William Straus.
In its inaugural season, the CapeFLYER carried over 16,500 riders and generated $290,756 in fare revenue, while reducing traffic and emissions for thousands of tourists heading to one of the country’s most beloved tourist destinations.
“I am excited to see the CapeFLYER rail service begin to make stops in Wareham to expand tourism opportunities in Southeastern Massachusetts,” said State Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton). “This service has already proved to be very positive for the region with its stops in Middleboro/Lakeville and Buzzards Bay and I look forward to the continued growth it promises our regional economy and to show off more of our beaches, shops and restaurants in the Wareham area.”
"The CapeFlyer has proven to be a tremendous option to bring people to Cape Cod to enjoy all that we have to offer while reducing congestion. We look forward to bringing more people to Wareham and giving people in Wareham a new option to get to Cape Cod without having to travel over the roadway bridges," said Cape Cod RTA Adminstrator Thomas Cahir.
The CapeFLYER is a unique partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. The MBTA’s innovative “mTicket” mobile app can be used to purchase tickets for CapeFLYER right from your smartphone. A roundtrip ticket from the new Wareham Village station to Hyannis is only $8 and from Boston’s South Station to Wareham Village is $35 roundtrip.
In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work. For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot blog: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/, or follow MassDOT on twitter at https://twitter.com/MassDOT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.