MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead this holiday season, utilize MassDOT’s many travel tools and resources and take public transportation if possible.
“We want everyone to reach their travel destinations safely and enjoy this holiday with their friends and loved ones,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Drivers should minimize distractions, stay sober and have a designated driver, and the MBTA will offer free service on all modes of transportation after 8 p.m., New Year’s Eve, to encourage travelers to make smart choices when celebrating.”
“We encourage travelers to monitor weather conditions, use our technology tools such as mass511 and our web-based real-time information, and make informed decisions to ensure they safely reach their holiday destinations,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “In case of inclement weather, our snow and ice crews will be prepared to respond and drivers should remain at least 200 feet back from snowplows and road equipment at all times to ensure safe travel.”
For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:
MassDOT will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction effective at Noon on Friday, December 23 through Tuesday morning, December 27, and at Noon on Friday, December 30 through Tuesday morning, January 3.
Free coffee will be served at 18 MassDOT Service Plazas on Saturday, December 24, from 10 p.m., to 5 a.m., and on Saturday, December 31, from 10 p.m., to 5 a.m. on Sunday, January 1.
The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have normal morning hours and will extend its hours to be open from 1 p.m., to 8 p.m., on Friday, December 23, and Friday, December 30. The HOV lane will be closed on the designated state holidays, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District reports that all travel lanes on the Cape Cod Canal’s Sagamore and Bourne bridges will be open Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2.
The MBTA has released the following information regarding travel during the holiday travel period:
At Boston Logan Airport, travelers should monitor www.massport.com for updated airline and airport information and Transportation Security Administration carry-on luggage regulations. The mobile enhanced website Massport.com allows travelers to check flight status, parking conditions and public transportation options from their smartphone or tablet.
Massport offers helpful travel tips:
Here are some helpful travel tips to ensure a smooth checkpoint experience at Logan Airport:
Customers are advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed on the designated state holidays, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2. 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 fourteen 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.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday.
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