Cape Flyer Discussion

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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby MBTA3247 » Thu May 17, 2018 3:53 pm

Trolley service from Hyannis to P-Town? Sounds good to me. Maybe they could borrow and restore the ex-P&B car we have at Seashore. :wink:
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby BandA » Fri May 18, 2018 1:01 am

Build an EL over the mid-cape highway...
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby CRail » Fri May 18, 2018 8:24 am

MBTA3247 wrote:Trolley service from Hyannis to P-Town?

No. 🤦🏻‍♂️
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby ceo » Fri May 18, 2018 9:32 am

Even if it were politically possible to tear up the Cape Cod Rail Trail and make it a rail line again (spoiler: it's not), reactivating to Provincetown wouldn't make any sense. The ferry would still be a much faster way to get from Boston to P-town, and there's no way there'd be enough intra-Cape traffic to justify it. Also, they can't realistically even get the CCRT to P-town because the ROW is pretty much obliterated north of Wellfleet.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby BandA » Sat May 19, 2018 2:15 pm

Are we talking about the Falmouth Branch or the "Cape Cod Main Line"? Could rail + trail work from North Falmouth >> West Falmouth >> Falmouth?

As for the "main", much has been subsumed by the mid-cape highway and the rail trail.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby smsullivan11 » Sun May 20, 2018 10:51 am

Spent much time in the Falmouth area and on the bike path. You could, in theory, get back down in the Falmouth train station/ bus depot with a little bit of work here and there. However, in reality the politics of it all tell me it will never, EVER, EVER, EVER happen in a million years. You are more likely to see New Hampshire pay to run ski trains from Boston to Lincoln, NH Loon Mountain before Falmouth welcomes the train back to town.

On another note, while it sounds silly in the way it has been proposed here, extending the Flyer down to Yarmouth INSTEAD of Hyannis might be better for the day trippers and tourists. Hyannis is kind of the worst part of the Cape and the station area certainly does not remind one of cutesy Cape Cod in any fashion. At least a stop at Station Ave in Yarmouth gets you into the touristy part of the Cape.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby BandA » Sun May 20, 2018 4:00 pm

According to what I can figure, the second & third Yarmouth stations were at the junction with the Hyannis branch. So the Cape Flyer already passes by, it just doesn't stop because the track is too slow, they need to get to Hyannis in a reasonable time. But if the track is slow there is little impact in adding an additional stop. It's a bit silly to only have one on-cape stop.
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