Agencies and public transportation operators throughout North
America are responding to the demand for increased frequencies and
new services to areas not previously served. This page outlines
some of the new services that have been inaugurated or are in the
planning stages in response to these demands. We will be listing
more as services are inaugurated, as we become aware of new
services and as time permits.
you aware of a new public transportation service or an enhancement
to a current operation? Please let us know so we can include it
many years without passenger rail service, weekend service was
restored to Cape Cod on Memorial Day weekend. ***The success of
the Cape Flyer this summer has resulted in service being extended
to Columbus Day*** A collaboration of CCRTA
(Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority),
and the Cape
Cod Chamber of Commerce,
will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Labor Day.
can board the Cape
at South Station, Boston (Amtrak
and Intercity Bus connections) or Braintree (MBTA
Red Line connections). The train then continues on to Middleboro
Commuter Rail connections) before heading on to Buzzards Bay
connections) and over the unique vertical lift bridge spanning the
Cape Cod Canal. After traveling 7 miles along the canal, the Cape
passes through salt marshes and historic towns and villages before
arriving at the Hyannis Transportation Center where local (CCRTA)
and intercity (Plymouth
connections are available. Free shuttle to Martha's Vineyard and
Nantucket ferries, sightseeing boat trips and points throughout
Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) recently added two
new local routes to its system, providing public transportation to
areas previously lacking service. While some of “The Cape”
still lacks service, these two routes reduce these gaps and,
hopefully, the success of these routes will provide the incentive
for more in the future.
Route - Operates between Mashpee and the Sagamore Park &
Ride, serving points in North Falmouth, the Bourne villages of
Cataumet, Pocasset and Monument Beach and points along the south
shore of the Cape Cod Canal. Connection at Mashpee Commons to
Sealine serving Woods Hole, Falmouth and Hyannis. Connections
at the Bourne Park & Ride to Bonanza/Peter
Pan Bus Lines offering service to Boston, Providence and
New York, and GATRA
, providing local service to Buzzards Bay, Onset and Wareham. At
the Sagamore Park & Ride, connections available to
Plymouth & Brockton Bus Lines to Hyannis, Plymouth and
Boston and to CCRTA's Sandwich
Route (see below) to Sandwich and Hyannis
Route - Operates from the Sagamore Park & Ride
to Hyannis serving points in Sagamore, Sandwich and Barnstable.
At the Sagamore Park & Ride, connections available to Plymouth
& Brockton Bus Lines to Plymouth and Boston and to
Route (see above). Connection in Hyannis to CCRTA's
serving Woods Hole, Falmouth and Mashpee, H20
Line serving Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham and Orleans,
Villager serving points in Barnstable and Cape Cod Community
College and the free Hyannis
Area Trolley. Also connects to the Cape
Flyer train to Boston and Bonanza/Peter
Pan Bus Lines offering service to Boston, Providence and
the extraordinary success of the “Downeaster”
train operating from Boston to Portland ME via New Hampshire and
southern Maine, an extension beyond Portland to Freeport and
Brunswick started in November 2012. Two of the Boston-Portland
trains continue to Freeport and Brunswick and an additional
Portland-Brunswick round trip operating in conjunction with moving
the equipment to layover facilities in Portland. This extension
also provides for rail service all the way to Rockland during the
summer via the Main
Maine Eastern schedules are limited and require an overnight stay
in Brunswick eastbound when connecting from Amtrak.
Visit the Maine
website for schedules. While primarily a tourist operation, these
trains do offer one way or round trip tickets for those traveling
between Brunswick and Rockland and intermediate points.
rail service in Northern England had been non-existent for decades
and continued when Amtrak was created in 1971 to operate intercity
passenger trains in the United States. Vermont, New Hampshire and
Maine were among several states not served by Amtrak. Service to
Vermont became a reality with the inauguration of the “Montrealer”
in 1972, but New Hampshire and Maine were destined to remain
without passenger rail service for many years longer despite the
popularity of these two states with tourists and skiers.
1989, the grassroots efforts of citizens interested in restoring
passenger rail service to this area led to the formation of Train
Riders Northeast. Train Riders Northeast, a non-profit,
volunteer organization was instrumental in doing the necessary
lobbying both in Augusta and Washington and finding funding
sources to get service reinstated to Portland.
“Downeaster” began operations in December 2001 with 4
roundtrips per day. Ridership on these trains exceeded
expectations almost from day 1, and continue to be popular today.
A fifth roundtrip was added in August 2007.
service unique to “Downeaster”
trains is the volunteer “Train Hosts” that ride these
trains to help passengers with things such as connecting transit
services at points en-route, things to see and do at destinations
and other information needed to enjoy their trip.
and Groveland CA to Yosemite National Park
recent intense forest fire in this area may impact this
when making your plans********
(Yosemite Area Regional Transit System) has provided bus service
into Yosemite National Park since May of 2000, offering visitors
an alternative to driving. Operating year round from Merced in
the San Joaquin Valley where Amtrak
connections are available, YARTS
also operates from Mammoth Lakes and Mono County on the east side
of the park during the summer, when Tioga Pass Road is open.
in 2012 is service from Sonora, Groveland and points along Highway
120-North into Yosemite Valley, offering visitors with
accommodations in this area car free access to the park. Sonora
and Jamestown have local bus systems, but there is no intercity
connection along this route other than in Yosemite Valley.
Operates once daily from mid-May to late September with additional
weekend departures from Groveland. ---check current schedule--.
Within the park, this route can be used, possibly in combination
with the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers bus to travel between Crane Flat
and Yosemite Valley,
Yellowstone National Park
National Park has historically been difficult to visit without a
car. Public transportation has been non-existent and the
distances between points of interest make biking and hiking
possible only for the most athletic visitors. Tours, for many
years have provided the only car-free option in Yellowstone.
While a great option, offering not only a car-free option, but
also narration by experts providing a detailed understanding of
the area visited, they don't allow longer visits when a certain
area or point of interest is of special significance.
a locally owned cooperative of transportation providers and
investors, operates a regional seasonal transportation network to
serve the Greater Yellowstone region. Service within the park
consists of three lines serving most popular points. Two routes
operate from West Yellowstone into the park and follow a circular
route serving most major points, the Blue Line operating
counter-clockwise and the Orange clockwise. A third route, the
Yellow Line operates from Gardiner near the North entrance of the
park connecting to the Blue and Orange Lines at the Norris Parking
Area on two trips and continuing south to Old Faithful Snow Lodge
on a third trip. The three routes combined offer 3-4 trips per
day to all points, but due to distances (Yellowstone is a large
park, 3,500 sq. mi), only one round trip is possible each day
between most points while still allowing a reasonable amount of
time to visit at the stopover point.
addition to the 3 in-park routes, additional service is available
to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Riverton and Cody WY
and Red Lodge MT. Be sure to check the schedules of these routes
carefully, as some do not operate every day. Intercity
connections are available at West Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Cody
Desert Experience Twice a week circular backpacker type
shuttle through areas that have historically lacked car-free
options. Operates from Flagstaff AZ, to Paria Canyon UT,
Springdale UT (Zion National Park), Bryce Canyon National Park,
Moab UT, Monument Valley AZ/UT, and back to Flagstaff. Stops in
Springdale, Moab and Flagstaff are overnight (accommodations not
included, but can be arranged).
commuter rail trains have provided weekday service for many
years between Washington DC and Baltimore. A transportation bill
recently passed by the Maryland Legislature provides funds to
allow service on weekends as well as additional weekday runs.
Weekend service is scheduled to begin on December 7, 2013.
October 3, 2012, Amtrak
established two new Thruway Bus connections from their station in
Wilson NC serving points in Eastern North Carolina. One route
connects Wilson with Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville and
Wilmington. The second route serves Greenville, New Bern,
Havelock and Morehead City.
area has historically suffered from limited public transportation
services. This new service provides expanded options for people
in this region. Visit Amtrak's
Atlantic Coast Service for schedules.