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MassDOT Travel Advisory: 

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Service Center locations closed

Boston-Quincy I-93 HOV lane opens early today at 1 p.m.; no deployment Monday

On Monday, MBTA subways, buses, and The RIDE will operate on a Saturday schedule

 

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that Monday, January 17, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and due to an expected increase in vehicles on the road, the I-93 Boston-Quincy High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane opens early today, at 1 p.m.  In addition, Commonwealth of Massachusetts government offices will be closed Monday including the Registry of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Center locations.  MassDOT encourages anyone traveling during this holiday period to monitor roadway and weather conditions, plan ahead, check on MBTA service schedules, and be cognizant of COVID-19 protocols and procedures which may be in place at some destinations, including the City of Boston where proof of vaccination will be required as of Saturday, January 15, for anyone seeking to enter Boston restaurants, entertainment venues and other places of business.

“We are encouraging members of the public who are planning to travel in the next several days to plan ahead and use available traffic and weather resources and tools so that their trip will be made easier,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “There is precipitation in the forecast for some regions today and through Monday and travelers should know what to expect before leaving home so they can plan accordingly.”

General information regarding COVID-19 and specific guidance on recommended health protocols and vaccination information can be found at www.mass.gov/coronavirus.

The MBTA has announced the following schedule information for Monday, January 17:

  • Subways, buses, and The RIDE will operate on a Saturday schedule
  • Commuter Rail and ferry service will operate on a weekday schedule.
  • More information can be found on the T’s website: mbta.com
  • The Charlie Card store will be closed Monday, January 17.
  • MBTA customers are required to wear face coverings at all times while on MBTA property and vehicles.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy opens early today at 1 p.m. and will be closed on Monday.

The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will not be deployed on Monday.

In addition, RMV Customer Service Centers will be closed on Monday. Customers can visit the RMV website at www.Mass.Gov/RMV to learn about more than 40 transactions that are available online. In addition, AAA members can conduct select RMV transactions by appointment at AAA locations.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit mass511.com, a website that provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

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