Starting Friday, Bostonians in search of salt water and sunny fun can hop a train, grab a beer and bypass traffic all the way to Cape Cod.
Cape Flyer, a summer train service running between Boston and Cape Cod, aims to alleviate traffic to the tourist hot spot.
Public transportation customers are notoriously hard to please, but that may change thanks to a special, vacationer-approved ingredient - alcohol. The coaches will serve beer, wine, Bloody Marys and Cape Codders as well as sandwiches and snacks.
"Our new café car is definitely something we’re excited about and expect customers will be as well," said MassDOT Spokeswoman Kelly Smith.
Bicycle racks and tools will be available so customers can tune up their bikes while en route. The trains can accommodate up to 30 bicycles.
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Officials expect a heavy turnout this weekend, and advise customers to buy tickets ahead of time, Smith said.
"We think the new CapeFlyer service will not only help people get down the Cape faster, but in a more relaxing and enjoyable way as well," she said.
Cape Flyer, a summer rail service from Boston to Cape Cod, will cost travelers $35 for a round trip ticket from South Station to Hyannis, and $20 for a one-way ticket. Service from South Station to Buzzards Bay runs $33 round trip. Beach goers can also hop the train at Braintree, $20 round trip, and Middleboro, $15 round trip.
It's the first time in over two decades that there will be rail service between Boston and Cape Cod.
The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, in cooperation with MassDOT, will run the seasonal service beginning Friday May 24, through Labor Day, Sept. 2.
A glimpse at the schedule:
- Friday night, the 5:12 p.m. MBTA Commuter Rail train on the Middleboro/Lakeville line will make its regular stops and then continue beyond Middleborough to Buzzards Bay, over the Cape Cod Canal Train Bridge and on to Hyannis.
- The train will arrive in Hyannis by 7:50 p.m. This train will then return to Boston, leaving Hyannis at 8:30 p.m. and arriving in Boston at 10:45 p.m.
- On Saturdays and Sundays, the train will leave South Station at 8 a.m. and stop in Braintree, Middleboro, Buzzards Bay and arrive in Hyannis at 10:18 a.m.On Saturdays and Sundays, the train will leave Hyannis at 6:30pm and return to Boston at 8:45 p.m.
The service will operate on existing lines utilizing current equipment.
A spokeswoman for MassDOT said that reducing the traffic congestion between Boston and Cape Cod on summer weekends will not only reduce negative environmental impacts but will also "open up one of the commonwealth’s key tourism destinations to even more people; providing the region with the opportunity for a greater influx of tourist dollars into the local economy."