Press Release: 2022-05-26
MassDOT Encourages Memorial Day Travelers to Plan Ahead for Busy Weekend
MassDOT Encourages Memorial Day Travelers to Plan Ahead for Busy Weekend:
May 25 2022
Registry of Motor Vehicles Service Centers closed on Monday, May 30
MBTA schedule adjustments will be in place over Memorial Day Weekend
I-93 Boston-Quincy HOV lane will be deployed early for holiday travel
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is encouraging individuals who plan to travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend to plan in advance, expect increased travel volumes, utilize MassDOT’s “real time” travel tools and resources, and take public transportation as much as possible to help get to planned destinations.
“MassDOT historically sees an increase in travel volumes on roadways throughout the Commonwealth during the Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We are encourage travelers to plan ahead, use real-time travel tools, and reduce speed and not drive distracted to help ensure roadway safety for all users.”
Due to Monday, May 30, being the Memorial Day holiday, all Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices are closed including statewide Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service center locations. Customers can conduct more than 40 RMV transactions online using the RMV’s website at www.mass.gov/RMV. In addition, customers who are members of AAA can make an appointment at a AAA location for some Registry transactions.
In addition, the MBTA has released the following information:
- On Monday, May 30, all subway, bus, ferry, and The RIDE services will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- The Commuter Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. Customers should note that routes that do not typically run on weekends will not be in service.
- The CharlieCard Store will be closed.
- For full details regarding MBTA service, mbta.com/holidays.
On the roadways, no work will be permitted from 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. The I-93 Boston-Quincy High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane will deploy early for the holiday weekend opening at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, and at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27. The HOV lane will not be deployed on Monday, May 30, and will return to normal deployment times on Tuesday, May 31. The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will not be deployed on Monday, May 30, and will return to normal deployment times on Tuesday, May 31.
For those flying in and out of Boston Logan International Airport, Massport is expecting an increase in passengers around the holiday weekend and is urging the use of public transportation and HOV modes such as the MBTA’s Blue and Silver Line (FREE from Logan), and Logan Express. For those picking up loved ones, we ask that you use the Cell Phone Lots until your party is ready at the curb. There are ongoing construction projects at the airport, and drivers should pay attention and follow signage. Passengers can now download the free FlyLogan app to access information about the airport, flight status, purchase Logan Express tickets, reserve parking, order food for pick up or delivery, among other services.
For more information about Logan Airport, please visit www.massport.com/logan-airport/.
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:
- Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, 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.