MassDOT issues guidelines for holiday weekend travel

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising Memorial Day holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools to plan trips, and use public transportation if possible to travel between destinations. 

On Memorial Day, May 28, Registry of Motor Vehicle customer service locations will be closed, as are all state offices. The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 will not be deployed, and all MBTA subway, trolleys, commuter rail, and buses will operate on Sunday schedules.

 “We traditionally see a high number of drivers on roads Memorial Day weekend,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Many drivers begin to travel the Thursday before Memorial Day, and the actual holiday is when many drivers choose to return home. Anyone planning to drive should try to travel in off-peak hours, should build extra time into their trips, and may want to check the MassDOT Go Time app or other apps to help with decisions on which roads to take.”

MassDOT will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction activities effective at noon, Friday, May 25; scheduled road work will resume after 11 p.m. on Monday, May 28. 

The HOV will be deployed as follows:

• Friday, May 25, the HOV lane opens on I-93 southbound from Boston to Quincy at 1 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m.

• On Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, the HOV lane will not be deployed.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas on Memorial Day, from 10 p.m. Monday night through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The CapeFLYER will once again run trains from Boston to Cape Cod starting on Memorial Day weekend. Service will begin on Friday, May 25, and operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Labor Day.

During the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the CapeFLYER will provide free service for active service members and veterans, in partnership with the 14th annual Troops in the Spotlight event. The full schedule and more information are available at 

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Memorial Day:

• All subway and commuter rail lines, busses, ferries, trackless trolley, and The Ride will operate on a Sunday schedule.

• The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.

For full MBTA schedule details, please visit: