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 www.capeflyer.com. 

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: http://www.mbta.com/holidays/.

MassDOT issues advisory for Columbus Day holiday travel

* Scheduled road work shutting down Friday at 12 p.m.

Free coffee at 18 MassDOT service plazas during overnight hours

HOV lane opening early Thursday and Friday

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reminds residents to plan ahead for the upcoming Columbus Day holiday weekend, utilize the appropriate technology tools to make informed decisions on route and timing of travel, and consider public transportation, if possible.

"We encourage all members of the public to make informed decisions by visiting www.mass511.com, downloading our GoTime mobile app, going to www.mbta.com to view transit schedules, and considering the best route to take or time to travel,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "We know from previous years there are higher volumes on the roadways during the Columbus Day holiday weekend and we advise everyone traveling to check traffic conditions and plan ahead in order to reach their destinations in an efficient manner."

MassDOT is taking steps to support safe and efficient travel for members of the public, including shutting down scheduled roadway construction activities at 12 p.m. on Friday, which could impact traffic with scheduled work resuming at the start of normal business hours on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

All MBTA services including subway, commuter rail, ferry, and bus service will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday, Oct. 9. For information about T schedules, visit www.mbta.com. [Please note that some scheduled work on MBTA lines will continue this weekend, including the installation of federally mandated Positive Train Control equipment on the Needham and Haverhill commuter rail lines and Red Line track work on Boston's Longfellow Bridge.]

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will open early for the afternoon commute, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, and 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. The HOV lane will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9, and will then reopen during regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that there will be no lane restrictions on the Sagamore Bridge or Bourne Bridge during the Columbus Day weekend period.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Columbus Day on Monday. 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.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

• Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

• Download Waze, the traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.

• Visit mass511.com to view travel times, road construction, traffic alerts or crashes along a route. Incidents, road closures, lane closures, real-time live traffic cameras, and weather alerts/forecasts, can all be viewed on the interactive live Traffic Map.

• Dial 511 from a landline or cell phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.

• Check MassDOT Highway Traffic and Travel Resources.

• Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT as incidents that impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday.