CapeFLYER Season Underway, Announces Partnership with Uber

CCB MEDIA PHOTO The CapeFlyer arrives into the Hyannis station from South Station in Boston.

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The CapeFlyer arrives into the Hyannis station from South Station in Boston.

The CapeFLYER kicks off its fourth season Friday evening and the train service from Boston to Hyannis has announced a new partnership with a popular app for riders.

Uber has partnered with the CapeFLYER to help riders get to their Cape destinations from the Buzzards Bay and Hyannis stops.

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir is excited to be partnering with the popular ride sharing service.

“They have been successful in various regions of the country and obviously it’s another opportunity for people to get to their final destination sort of quickly when they get onto the Cape,” Cahir said.

Uber is offering CapeFLYER customers a free first ride up to $25 dollars with the promotional code CAPEFLYER.

“That’s an incentive for people to utilize this new service,” Cahir said. “We’re pleased and think it is going to work nicely.”

The weekend train service that includes stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro, Wareham, and Buzzards Bay runs through Labor Day.

During the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, free service will be provided to active Military Personnel and veterans to attend the Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops 12th annual Troops in the Spotlight event.

“If we can bring hundreds of more people down to participate, I think it’s not only a good day for them but it makes us feel good knowing we are recognizing their many contributions,” said Tom Cahir, the administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.

The train service runs Friday nights starting at 5:50 p.m. Trains also operate on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Cahir expects the ridership to be stronger this year than in any of the previous three.

“We are very excited and optimistic that we’ll have another great year,” Cahir said. “We’ve had three extraordinarily successful years building on the things that we learn each year.”

The service had over 13,000 riders last summer which was a 5 percent increase from 2014. The train brought in over $220,000 in revenues.

They have also identified several events on the Cape throughout the season to draw more people to the service and will be promoting them through social media.

The service also offers buses from Buzzards Bay and Hyannis that take passengers to ferries to get to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The train will also operate a café car that sells food and drinks, including beer and wine, along with providing bike storage and tools for riders.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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