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zakim-bridge-2016MassDOT advises 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 Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, the 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 then resume after 11 p.m., on Monday, May 28.

The High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV) will be deployed as follows:

  • May 21-May 25, regular morning deployment on I-93 northbound from Quincy to Boston from 5 a.m. and until 10 a.m.
  • May 24, the HOV lane opens on I-93 southbound from Boston to Quincy at 2 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m.
  • 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, May 28, 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 25th and operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout 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 led by Cape Cod Cares for the Troops. The full schedule and more information is available at www.capeflyer.com.

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28:

  • All subway and commuter rail lines, busses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • All ferries and boats will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • The RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.
  • Check the full MBTA schedule details.
  • 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 28. 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.

During the Memorial Day weekend, the MassDOT Highway Assistance Program, sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance, will have extra patrols on the state’s roads.  Personnel in the MAPFRE vans assist motorists by fixing minor mechanical problems, repairing flat tires, providing gasoline if needed and performing other tasks.  The van drivers will be monitoring major roads, including those in Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield and on Cape Cod.

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.
  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT because motor vehicle incidents which impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

Drivers are reminded to avoid littering on roadways. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,500 for the first offense.

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

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