First Parts Of Cape Rail Study Released, More Expected This Summer


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CAPE COD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new study on the transportation between Boston and the Cape will soon be out and some of the findings have already been released.

The findings of the Cape Rail Study were released last week, the study considered commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay and looked at service over the Cape Cod Canal and further into Bourne.

According to The Cape Cod Time, the Buzzards Bay option would cut over ten million annual vehicle miles and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3,400 metric tons.

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The study anticipates just under 2,000 riders a day, which would eliminate about 800 car trips. The Buzzards Bay route would take about an hour and a half between the town and Boston.

However, service into Bourne would take a bit longer. Officials from Mass DOT acknowledge that although existing infrastructure would be used, there would still be tens of millions of dollars needed for track improvements and other necessary upgrades.

The full study is expected to be published this summer.

WBZ NewsRadio's Rob Woodard Reports:

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