Cahir Says Commuter Rail Service To Cape Isn’t Feasible

canal railroad bridgeBUZZARDS BAY – With Buzzards Bay actively working to bring daily commuter rail service to the village, some Cape residents have expressed their concerns over the future of commuter rail service to Cape Cod.

The state is also working to add a stop on the Cape side of the canal in Bourne for next year’s seasonal Cape Flyer service.

But Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir has said at meetings this week the added service is no indication that daily service will ever come to the Cape.

“The possibility of those commuter rail trains going over the bridge is non-existent. You can’t have that train bridge going up and down seven, eight times a day and interfering with marine traffic,” Cahir said. “You can’t have commuter trains on class D status, freight status rail, on the [Cape] side of the bridge where there’s restricted speed. So there’s no possibility of commuter rail over on the south side of the canal,” he added.

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Cahir said, as a Bourne resident, he is fully supportive of the proposal to bring commuter rail to Buzzards Bay. He said that it would be an economic boost for the village and would provide transportation options to residents.