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zakim-bridge-traffic-november-2016MassDOT is advising members of the public traveling during the next several days to plan ahead, take advantage of MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and consider using public transportation this coming weekend if possible.

The public should note that Monday, February 18, is a holiday for some employees and school districts will have the week off for February vacation.

On Monday, February 18, Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices are closed, including Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service locations, and on Monday the MBTA subway, bus and commuter rail lines will be running on Saturday schedules.  In addition, on Monday there will be no deployment of the I-93 High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston.

Due to an increase in anticipated travel on Friday, February 15, the HOV lane from Quincy to Boston will open earlier than usual in the afternoon, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will be open from 1 p.m. on Friday, through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19.

“Safety is the most important priority and we would like to remind members of the public to anticipate higher volumes of traffic than usual on the roadways and to build additional time into schedules to reach destinations,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We encourage everyone to think about traveling during off-peak hours, consider taking public transportation, and check the MassDOT social media pages and online tools to find ‘real time’ travel information.”

“This is a perfect time for travelers to utilize every available travel technology tool to plan their journey such as mass511.com, phoning 511, or downloading the MassDOT GoTime traffic condition app,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We advise all members of the public to make smart, informed decisions in order to minimize congestion and reduce delays, and we ask for all individuals to prioritize safe, sober driving, drive the speed limit, and put cell phones away while driving.”

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.
  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
  • Visit mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT because motor vehicle incidents which impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

The MBTA has released the following information regarding travel on President’s Day, Monday, February 18:

  • All subway and commuter rail lines, buses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • All ferries and boats will operate on a normal weekday schedule.
  • The RIDE will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.
  • For full MBTA schedule details, please visit: mbta.com/holidays.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of President’s Day on Monday, February 18. Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online to skip the line and perform many transactions. In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV services at 33 AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.

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, February 14, to be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, February 15, to be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The HOV lane will not be deployed on Monday, February 18.  The HOV lane will be open on Tuesday, February 19, during normal weekday hours.

The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will be open throughout the holiday weekend beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 15 until it closes at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19.

MassDOT’s Highway Assistance Program, sponsored by MAPFRE, will be increasing patrols on all major roadways to support roadside assistance needs. Requests for assistance can be initiated by calling 911.

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

 

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