BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) advises Memorial Day holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and use public transportation if possible to travel between destinations.
“We know from past years that travelers can expect heavy traffic volumes during Memorial Day weekend and should accordingly plan ahead and utilize the appropriate technology tools to make informed decisions,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, in a press release.
“Safety is our first priority and we encourage every motorist to minimize distractions, remain sober or use a designated driver, and with many locations along I-90 having new or updated traffic patterns as a result of toll demolition and road reconstruction operations, drivers should devote their full attention to the road ahead of them,” said Pollack.
MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth and will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Memorial Day travel period effective at noon, Friday, May 26, per MassDOT’s long-standing policy for holiday weekends. Scheduled road work will then resume after 11 p.m., on Monday, May 29.
“This is a perfect time for travelers to utilize mass511.com, call 511, download our GoTime real-time traffic condition app, use other travel technology tools when making their travel plans, or avail themselves of mass transit options,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage all members of the public to make smart, informed decisions in order to minimize congestion and reduce delays, and we ask for all individuals to travel safely no matter how they are getting to their Memorial Day destination.”
The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29:
- All subway and commuter rail lines, busses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- All ferries and boats will operate on a weekend schedule.
- The RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.
- Additionally, several bus routes will be detoured due to Memorial Day festivities on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and detour information is posted on T-Alerts.
Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.
Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online at www.massrmv.com to skip the line and perform many transactions.
In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV services at numerous AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.
Drivers are reminded to avoid littering on roadways. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,500 for the first offense.