Wareham Selectmen to pressure state on adding commuter rail stop

Feb 14, 2018

Selectmen will lobby state officials for a year-round commuter rail stop in Wareham after state transportation officials committed $935 million to linking the South Coast and Boston via train. Selectman Alan Slavin said the announcement arrived after three decades of much discussion, but little action.

“They’ve never committed money or a date before after 30 years,” Slavin said. “It’s a long time coming.”

The money will help fund construction of commuter rail service to the South Coast on a route that runs through Middleborough, with service beginning in late 2022. A Wareham stop isn’t currently in the state’s plans, however, Slavin said the town is in a good position to request one.

Wareham has had summer-only commuter rail service since 2013, known as the CapeFlyer. That train runs from Boston to Hyannis with a stop on Merchants Way. The train runs each weekend from Memorial Day until Columbus Day and serves roughly 17,000 riders each summer.

Slavin said Selectmen Chair Peter Teitelbaum will write a letter supporting year-round commuter service. Selectmen will request that the CapeFlyer route be included in the first phase of the project, since it’s “completely operational and doesn’t need anything at all,” Slavin said.

The board will request a meeting with Bourne, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett and Carver officials as well as State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham) to discuss pressuring the state on including the CapeFlyer in the project.