September 29 - 1985: Cape's prosperity is squeezing out the workers

1983: Cape Cod trains to run again
The New York, New Haven & Hartford RR routes in 1969. It was absorbed by the Pennsylvania RR and later Amtrak.

1983: Train service returns to Cape Cod again

The on-again, off-again railroad

On this day in 1983, the New York Times reported that then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis was promising that train service to the Cape would return.

According to the governor, work was to start in Attleboro, linking the rails to Hyannis.

The work was expected to be completed by 1986 and would allow visitors from New York and beyond to take the train all the way over the bridge.

This railroad service lasted until 1989 when it was stopped until the summer of 2013 when the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority joined with the MBTA to bring back train service from Boston to Hyannis from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

CCRTA head Tom Cahill said the new service by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority ( MBTA) will include five weekend trips and possibly a sixth return trip to Boston on Monday morning. The weekend round-trip ticket will cost $30, and this new service will be well advertised to attract riders.

Read the complete story here.

1985: "Cape Cod prosperity's price: Squeezing out the workers"

The reason your coffee may be cold and your bed left unmade

According to another New York Times story on this date, high real estate prices were making it impossible for summer workers to find an affordable place to live on the Cape during the tourist season.

For prior decades Cape Cod rentals were low enough to attract college students during their summer vacation, and some even specialized in importing numbers of young people from Ireland.

Research analysts said that investors are buying much of the real estate, squeezing the market of affordable housing for the waiters, chambermaids and clerks who form the backbone of the tourist industry.

This affordable lodging shortage resulted in a labor shortage for 1985 until the enterprising owner of Alberto's Ristorante on Main Street in Hyannis remembered that Brazilians often speak English, and he brought several to Cape Cod.

Today it is estimated that there are almost 20,000 Brazilians working and living here. This immigration trend continued for decades until the recent recession when Brazil's economy was better than ours, and many returned to their homeland.

Read the full New York Times 1985 story here.


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