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traffic-cam-zakim-bridge-december-2018MassDOT is reminding the public to monitor roadway and weather conditions, plan ahead, and recognize impacts if traveling or using MassDOT and MBTA services during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday period.

“Forecasters are predicting winter weather at times throughout the holiday period, and the public should monitor conditions if they will be heading out onto the roadways,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The public is also advised that on Monday, January 21, MBTA subway and bus service and The RIDE will operate on a Saturday schedule, the HOV lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will not be deployed and RMV service locations will be closed.”

“Our snow and ice crews are monitoring weather forecasts and will be activated in the coming days and throughout the weekend as conditions necessitate,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “People should make smart decisions before traveling to their destinations by checking weather conditions, using traffic resources such as, recognizing service impacts due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and choosing the best route, mode and time to travel.”

The MBTA has announced the following schedule information for Monday, January 21:

  • 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 by viewing the full MBTA holiday schedule.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have normal morning hours this week and will extend its afternoon hours on Thursday, January 17 to be open from 2 p.m., to 8 p.m., and on Friday, January 18 to be open from 1 p.m., to 8 p.m.  The HOV lane will not be deployed on Monday, January 21, and will be open on Tuesday, January 22 during normal weekday hours.

The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will open early on Thursday, January 17 so that it is open from 2 p.m., through 8 p.m. The Swing Lane will then open at 1 p.m., Friday, January 18, and will remain open throughout the holiday period until 5 a.m., Tuesday, January 22.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that all travel lanes on the Cape Cod Canal’s Sagamore and Bourne bridges will be open Thursday, January 17, through Tuesday, January 22.

Customers are also advised that Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, including the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday on Monday, January 21. Please visit at any hour of the day, the RMV website: to perform select RMV services. 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.

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 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.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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