There are nine routes around the Cape, three of which are seasonal. Most of them converge at the Hyannis Transportation Center, which I'll be covering in a later post. And...well, I'll be honest, a lot of people on the Cape have cars. There's not a very high amount of people who actually use the buses here. Well, we ended up taking two routes, since there's no direct one from Provincetown to Hyannis. It was a very long trip, but it was interesting travelling down the Cape without a car.
The Flex runs from Provincetown to Harwich. Its name comes from the fact that you can call in and have the route "flex" to pick you up. Need more information? Check out this very cheesy video about the route.
It was a pleasant surprise to find out that Provincetown has an actual bus terminal. It was simple, with parking spaces for buses and some benches. There were also bathrooms, an information booth, and a connection to the Provincetown Fast Ferry to Boston (which would've been a lot quicker than taking the bus looking back).
|A waiting area.|
|The boarding area.|
|Everybody likes bathrooms, right?|
|A CCRTA bus picking people up.|
|Two shots of the Flex in Provincetown.|
|Two shots of the inside.|
|A bad picture of the "stop requested" sign.|
|The screen up front.|
|Man, that monument towers above everything else, doesn't it?|
|An industrial tower, plus the monument in the background.|
|So, who likes woods?|
|There are houses beyond the trees.|
|A view of the sand dunes (taken from the other side of the bus).|
|Look, it even has an outhouse!|
|Wellfleet Center looks nice!|
|Three shots of the bus at Dunkin' Donuts.|
|The aforementioned bike trail.|
|Man, that's a gaudy gift shop.|
|I managed to get a quick shot of the screen - as well as a Volkswagen Bus, it would seem.|
|Woah, lots of traffic on the other side!|
|The Salt Pond Visitor Center.|
|Okay, that's pretty cool.|
|The bike trail.|
|Crossing over the river.|
|Welcome to scenic Cape Cod...|
"You guys going to Hyannis, I can get you onto that bus," the driver said. He explained that the H2O route has to make a circuitous run to Orleans Center, while the Flex runs there directly. He told us exactly where to get off, and gave us directions to where the H2O stops. Thanks to him, we were able to get on the H2O, and it was really nice of him to help us like that. Honestly, I think the driver might've been my favorite part of the Flex, what with his help at the end, as well as the long stop at Dunkin' Donuts. Aside from that, though, it's a very interesting, albeit long route that's worth taking - at least if you're a transit nerd. Next time, we'll be taking a look at the H2O to Hyannis!
|Two shots of the bus in Orleans.|
|A quick picture of the Flex's bus shelter.|