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zakim-bridge-2016MassDOT and the MBTA are advising travelers to plan ahead, check for transit schedules and utilize MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools to find out travel time between specific destinations on some Commonwealth of Massachusetts roadways.

“This is a perfect time for travelers to utilize, call 511, download our GoTime real-time traffic condition app, use other travel technology tools when making plans,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage all members of the public to think about their trips and about events such as the Boston Marathon which may impact how people will get to their destinations.”

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, I-93, Route 6 and other roads.
  • Visit, 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 major motor vehicle incidents which impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

On Friday, April 13, the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will be deployed an hour early in the afternoon: at 1 p.m. in anticipation of higher traffic volumes than normal in the early afternoon.  Meanwhile, on Monday, April 16, the HOV lane will open for normal hours.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that there will be one lane open in each direction on the Sagamore Bridge during the Patriots’ Day weekend at all times as the Army Corps will continue a maintenance project which is scheduled to be completed at the end of May.

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel:

  • The Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines will operate a regular weekday schedule on Monday, April 16, with rush-hour levels of service before and after the Boston Marathon.
  • Buses and trackless trolleys will operate a regular weekday schedule on April 16, though some bus routes will be detoured to accommodate the Marathon and other festivities. Detour information is posted on T-Alerts.
  • All MBTA commuter boat and ferry service, as well as The RIDE service, will operate a regular weekday schedule on April 16.
  • All Commuter Rail lines will operate a regular weekday schedule on April 16, with some additional trains on the Framingham/Worcester Line to support crowds. Additionally, for Patriots’ Day on April 16,the MBTA is again offering a special $20 all-day pass on the Framingham/Worcester Line, which allows spectators to get on and off all day at station stops close to the Boston Marathon route.
  • Check more information on Patriots’ Day fares and schedules.

Members of the public are also advised that Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed, as are all Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, for the designated state holiday of Monday, April 16.  Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online at 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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