BOSTON (WWLP) – With the continued loosening of security measures against COVID-19, millions of people are expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend.
The unofficial kickoff of summer is expected to be particularly busy this year, as many people are eager to escape after a year of isolation and quarantine.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) suggests planning ahead and expecting an increase in the volume of cars on the freeways. Additionally, travelers should note that some Massachusetts COVID-19 prevention health protocols remain in place, including the face cover advisory, during weekend vacations, with most restrictions lifted to as of Saturday May 29.
All road work scheduled around Memorial Day weekend is postponed.
If you are planning to travel to the Boston area and use public transportation, the MBTA has published information on vacation travel:
- On Monday, May 31, all subways, buses and railless trams will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- The commuter train will operate on a weekend schedule. Customers should note that there is currently no weekend service on the Fitchburg, Franklin, Greenbush, Haverhill, Kingston and Lowell lines and therefore these lines will not operate on Memorial Day. The Needham line also continues to be suspended.
- All information on the ferry service timetables can be found at MBTA website.
- the RIDE trips must be reserved 1 to 3 days in advance.
- In accordance with federal and state regulations, MBTA customers are reminded that masks should be worn aboard MBTA vehicles, at stations and facilities, at docks and bus stops, and throughout the MBTA system for all purposes. passengers, including those who have been fully vaccinated. This includes bus stops and all outdoor platforms for the commuter train, metro and tram systems.
- For more details on the MBTA service, mbta.com/holidays.
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are invited to:
- Dial 511 before setting off and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website that provides real-time traffic and incident information, access to traffic surveillance cameras and allows users to subscribe to SMS and email alerts for traffic conditions .
- Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
- Download the MassDOT GoTime mobile app and see real-time traffic conditions before you hit the road.
Due to Monday, May 31, a Memorial Day holiday, all offices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are closed, including the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service offices. Over 40 RMV transactions can be made online: www.mass.gov/RMV. In addition, resident AAA members can make an appointment at an AAA site for certain registry transactions.