MassDOT issues Holiday Travel advisory

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BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE)- MassDOT is advising those who will be traveling this holiday season to plan ahead for the next few weeks.

The Highway Division is working to help with the expected heavy travel. There will be no construction work on major roadways from 5 a.m. on December 24 to 5 a.m. on December 27. This will repeat the following week from 5 a.m. on December 30 through 5 a.m. on January 3.

The High Occupancy Vehicle lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will extend its afternoon hours opening on December 23 and December 30 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The HOV lane will be closed on December 24 and December 31.

Due to increased travel through Logan Airport, the Sumner Tunnel swing lane will not be deployed on December 24 and December 31.

“During this holiday season, we are reminding drivers to expect more people traveling by car, public transportation, and in airports and to plan for any trips by checking conditions ahead of time and building in extra time,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “Make sure to drive sober and hands free, follow speed limits, and be patient as more people return to traveling this season.”

“We anticipate holiday travel on all roadways across the Commonwealth will be busy over the upcoming weeks, and we encourage the public to use readily available real-time traffic tools to help plan the timing of their travel,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage all drivers to pay attention, slow down and not drive distracted so all travelers can safely reach their destinations.”

RMV offices will be open on December 24 and December 31.

All subway lines will run on a Saturday schedule on December 24. The CharlieCard Store will be closing early, all other modes of transportation will continue to operate on a weekday schedule.

The CharlieCard Store and ferry service will be closed on December 25. Commuter Rail lines will operate on a weekend schedule, other modes of transportation will operate on a Sunday schedule.

On December 31, all subway lines will run on a Saturday schedule with an increase in services after 3 p.m., bus routes will run on a Saturday schedule, and all other modes will run on the weekday schedule.

On January 1, the CharlieCard store will be closed, as will the ferry service, and all Commuter Rail lines will operate on a weekend schedule, other modes operating on a Sunday schedule.

Additionally, for travelers getting to and from Logan Airport in Boston, please note:

  • MBTA Silver Line provides service between South Station and Logan’s terminals every 10 minutes. Outbound service from Logan Airport to the South Boston Seaport District and South Station is free.
  • MBTA Blue Line provides subway service between points in Boston, North of Boston and Airport Station. Water transportation is also available from Downtown Boston and the Logan dock.
  • Massport provides free shuttle service to and from all terminals; the airport rental car center and the MBTA Blue Line Station.
  • Logan Express serves 3 locations including Framingham, Woburn, and Braintree. There are also several bus and taxi options available.

 

There are a number of precautions at the airport in order to ensure passengers have a safe and healthy travel experience:

  • Face coverings are required for all passengers and visitors while at the airport.
  • Travelers departing from Logan should be aware of any travel restrictions at their destination.
  • Coronavirus testing is available at Logan Airport’s Terminals E Arrivals level and Terminal C Departure level. The testing facility, XPresCheck, is offering a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or nasal swab test, a blood antibody test, and the rapid test.

 

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