MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways will be busiest on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday Nov. 27 and on the Sunday after the holiday. Heavy traffic congestion is expected on I-90 at Exit 9 at the interchange with I-84, Exit 11A for I-495, Exit 14 for I-95 and Route 128, and Exit 24 for I-93 North and South.
MassDOT urges drivers to travel early in the morning or after 8 p.m. on the busiest travel days. Plymouth Rock Assurance will sponsor free tolls at the Exit 19 Allston/Brighton interchange from 3-4 pm on Wednesday. Free coffee will be served at state service plazas on Thanksgiving night from 10pm to 5am on Friday, Nov. 29.
At Logan Airport, Massport is encouraging passengers to arrive a minimum of 2 ½ hours before a domestic flight and three hours for an international departure. Travelers should monitor www.massport.com for updated airline and airport information and Transportation Security Administration carry-on luggage regulations. Mobile enhanced Massport.com allows travelers to check flight status, parking conditions and public transportation options from their smartphone or tablet.
New this holiday, Massport has installed flat-screen digital signs in the Terminal B and Terminal C arrivals area, the new Rental Car Center, and 27 curbside countdown signs for ground transportation. Massport employees will be volunteering inside the terminals and curb-side areas to assist travelers and direct customers to their airline check-in and TSA security checkpoint during the days leading up to the holiday.
MassDOT will have additional emergency service personnel on patrol to quickly respond to accidents or disabled vehicles and additional toll collectors on the Turnpike. Real time traffic information boards on both sides of the Pike will provide information about travel delays and backups. MassDOT will suspend all construction projects on major state roadways starting midday on Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Monday morning, Dec. 2. Download the RideWise Smartphone application or call 511 for current traffic conditions. To learn more, visit the MassDOT Highway Division travel resources webpage.
The MBTA will operate on its regular weekday schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 29. On Thursday, Nov. 28, the T will run on a Sunday schedule. The T will add additional service on all subway lines and the Silver Line. Residents are encouraged to use public transportation to get to and from Logan Airport. Beginning Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and throughout the weekend, the MBTA will operate additional off-peak service to serve customers traveling to and from Logan Airport. Visit the rider tools page for apps that give customers information on the go: http://mbta.com/rider_tools/apps/