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zakim-bridge-traffic-november-2016The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is reminding members of the public to plan ahead for the upcoming Veterans Day holiday weekend and utilize the appropriate technology tools to make informed decisions if traveling.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles Service Centers will be open with normal schedules on Friday, November 10, and Monday, November 13, and all MBTA modes of transportation will be operating on normal schedules during the holiday period.

“We encourage members of the public who are traveling to places across Massachusetts to plan their trip in advance using resources such as www.mass511.com, our GoTime Mobile App, or other technology tools so they can find the best route to take and time to travel,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  Some interchanges on the state highway system may be busier than usual and some of these technology tools will help drivers decide what route to take and what is the best time to leave home.   In addition, some special events are expected to impact travel, including Saturday’s Boston Veterans Day Parade.”

If using the MBTA, please note that all modes will operate on normal schedules, but some infrastructure projects will continue, including the installation of federally mandated Positive Train Control equipment on the Haverhill commuter rail line and Red Line track work on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project.  Check MBTA.com or @MBTA or @MBTA_CR on Twitter for the latest information.

As part of the Longfellow Bridge project work, MBTA shuttle buses will continue to replace Red Line trains in both directions between Park Street and Kendall/MIT Stations on  Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12. During the annual Boston Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, the shuttle bus route will temporarily divert around the parade area. This means the shuttle bus stop at Park Street will temporarily move for several hours on Saturday to Beacon Street at the intersection of Park Street across from the State House, (from approximately noon through 3 p.m.)  Before and after the parade, shuttle buses will continue to service the Park Street shuttle bus stop located at Tremont Street at the intersection of Temple Place.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will operate on Friday, November 10, from 5 a.m., through 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m., through 8 p.m. On Monday, November 13, the HOV lane will be open 5 a.m., through 10 a.m., and from 3 p.m., through 8 p.m.

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

Customers are also advised they can 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 twenty-nine AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.

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

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 real-time 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.
  • Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts to be notified of events on those routes ahead of time.
  • 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.

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