MassDOT Encourages Patriots’ Day and Marathon Monday Travelers to Plan Ahead

The following is a press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) submitted to SOURCE.

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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising members of the public traveling during the next several days to plan ahead, take advantage of MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and consider using public transportation this coming weekend if possible. 

The public should note that Monday, April 15, is a holiday for some employees and school districts will have the week off for vacation.

On Monday, April 15, Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices are closed, including Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service locations, and on Monday all MBTA modes of travel will be operating on weekday schedules with rush-hour service before and after the Marathon. In addition, on Monday there will be no deployment of the I-93 High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have normal morning hours this week and will extend its afternoon hours on Thursday, April 11, to be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 12, to be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The HOV lane will not be deployed on Monday, April 15.  The HOV lane will be open on Tuesday, April 16, during normal weekday hours. 

The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will be open throughout the holiday weekend beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12 until it closes at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

“Our most important priority is safety and we would like to remind members of the public to anticipate higher volumes of traffic than usual on the roadways, build additional time into schedules to reach destinations, and account for any disruption associated with the Marathon,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We encourage everyone to plan their trips ahead and to think about traveling during off-peak hours, consider taking public transportation, and check the MassDOT social media pages and online tools to find ‘real time’ travel information.”

“This is a perfect time for all travelers including Marathon runners and spectators to utilize every available travel technology tool to plan their journey such as mass511.com, phoning 511, or downloading the MassDOT GoTime traffic condition app,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We advise all members of the public to make smart, informed decisions in order to minimize congestion and reduce delays associated with the Marathon, and we ask for all individuals to prioritize safe, sober driving, drive the speed limit, and put cell phones away while driving.” 

The MBTA has released the following information regarding travel on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15: 

·         All MBTA modes of transportation will operate on weekday schedules with rush-hour service on all subway lines before and after the Marathon

·         Several bus routes will be detoured on Patriots’ Day and the preceding weekend due to the Marathon and other related events

·         Additional trains will be added to the Framingham/Worcester Line with schedules available at www.mbta.com/news/2019-04-08/patriots-dayboston-marathon-special-commuter-rail-pass-and-mbta-service-information

·         Copley Station will be closed all day Monday, April 15

·         Several street-level Green Line stops will be bypassed on Monday, April 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The MBTA is also offering a $15 Marathon Pass for Commuter Rail. The all-day pass is valid for all Commuter Rail lines and zones, with unlimited hop-on and hop-off travel. The pass can be purchased electronically through the mTicket app today through April 15 and at ticket windows in North, South, and Back Bay stations starting April 10. The $15 Marathon Pass is also available aboard trains via cash or credit card on April 15 only.

CharlieCards preloaded with $5 roundtrip subway fare will also be available for purchase by credit or debit card only from Transit Ambassadors at Alewife, Back Bay, Braintree, Fenway, Quincy Adams, or Riverside Stations on April 15. Customers traveling around Boston on Marathon Monday are also encouraged to purchase a $12 1-Day Link pass valid for unlimited subway and bus travel, which are available from any station fare vending machine and valid for twenty-four hours after purchase.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Patriots’ Day on Monday, April 15.

Additionally, customers are reminded that Spring Recess is traditionally when RMV Service Centers are at their busiest.

Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online atwww.Mass.gov/rmv to skip the line and perform many transactions.

In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV services at 34 AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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