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zakim-bridge-traffic-november-2016MassDOT advises holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many “real time” travel tools and use public transportation if possible to reach their destinations between now and the end of the July 4 holiday.

“We are encouraging anyone traveling for the Fourth of July holiday to check transit schedules and check ‘real time’ technology tools for drivers,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “People should think about where they are going and how they will get there, plan their trips around holiday public transit schedules or around when the roads may have the highest volume of traffic and remember the advice for getting somewhere safely, including, putting cell phones away while driving, staying sober if getting behind the wheel, giving extra room for cyclists and pedestrians on streets and taking the extra step on public transit to be courteous to other customers.”

“The best advice we can give anyone traveling for the Fourth is plan ahead,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “With July 4 falling on a Wednesday this year, many people may be leaving home on Friday, June 29, and returning on Sunday, July 8, so travelers should get up-to-the minute information on public transit schedules and drive times so they aren’t caught off-guard when setting out for destinations.  We want everyone to have an easy trip and a safe trip and encourage people to be patient with each other as many people will be moving around in an effort to attend events and to enjoy some vacation time.”

MassDOT is taking steps to facilitate the flow of traffic during the holiday and will be postponing scheduled roadway construction effective at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, with scheduled construction activities resuming the normal start of business on Thursday, July 5, 2018. In addition, the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston on I-93 will open early for the afternoon commute on Friday, June 29 at 1 p.m.  The HOV lane will be closed on Tuesday, July 3,  in the afternoon and all day Wednesday, July 4. It will then re-open during regularly scheduled hours on Thursday, July 5.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Thursday, July 5.  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.

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
  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, 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.
  • 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 also released the following information regarding travel on Wednesday, July 4:

  • All MBTA service will be free after 9:30 p.m.
  • All subway, busses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • Subway service will then operate at rush-hour levels of service beginning at 2 p.m.
  • The Hingham and Hull boat service will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • The Charlestown ferry service will operate on a weekend schedule.
  • Commuter Rail lines will operate on a Saturday schedule, with the exception of the Fairmont Line, which will operate on a special event/holiday schedule. Additionally, last outbound north and south side train times have been adjusted to accommodate the fireworks display on the Esplanade
  • The RIDE will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • Parking facilities will operate as usual with parking ambassadors available to assist customers with payment and other event related questions.
  • MBTA customers should be reminded that bicycles are not allowed on any subway line for the entire day on Fourth of July. Bicycles are prohibited on inbound Commuter Rail trains from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and outbound Commuter Rail trains after 4 p.m.
  • Check the full MBTA holiday schedule for details.
  • Additionally, several bus routes may operate on detour routes due to 4th of July events and parades, 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 on Wednesday, July 4. 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.

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