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traffic-cam-i-90-eb-newton-february-2018MassDOT advises Presidents’ Day holiday travelers to plan ahead, review MassDOT travel “real time” tools and consider using public transportation if possible to travel between destinations.

The public should note that on Monday, February 19, state offices are closed, Registry of Motor Vehicles service locations are closed, the MBTA will be running on Saturday schedules and there will be no deployment of the I-93 High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston.

“Safety is our greatest priority and we would like to remind drivers to take it slow on the roads as there may be a high volume of traffic due to the Monday holiday and upcoming school vacation week, “said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We encourage members of the public to plan ahead, allow extra time if driving, consider taking mass transit, and, before leaving home check the MassDOT social media sites and online tools to find ‘real time’ travel information and current information about congestion and MBTA service.”

“This is a perfect time for travelers to utilize mass511.com, call 511, download the MassDOT GoTime traffic condition app and use other travel technology tools when making their travel plans,” 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, and we ask for all individuals to think about safety – drive sober, drive the speed limit and put cell phones away if you are behind the wheel.”

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 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.

The MBTA has released the following information regarding travel on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 19:

  • All subway and commuter rail lines, buses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • All ferries and boats will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • The RIDE will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.
  • View the full MBTA holiday schedule.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 19. 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 33 AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.

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 Friday, February 16, to be open from 1 p.m., to 8 p.m.  The HOV lane will not be deployed on Monday, February 19.  The HOV lane will be open on Tuesday, February 20, during normal weekday hours.

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

 

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