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For Immediate Release: 12/30/2011
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MassDOT Encourages Safe New Year’s Holiday Travel


Free MTBA Service New Year’s Eve after 8 p.m., Free Coffee at Service Plazas

BOSTON-  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) asks travelers during the upcoming New Year's holiday weekend to plan ahead, drive safely, and use public transportation where possible.  To encourage safe travel, the MBTA will offer free service after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and free coffee will be served overnight on New Year’s Eve at service plazas along major roadways.

“We ask all travelers visiting family and friends or celebrating the New Year at First Night in Boston or other activities to enjoy the holiday weekend safely by choosing a designated driver if necessary or taking advantage of public transportation,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.

Courtesy of McDonald's, Burger King, and Gulf, and to promote safe driving, free coffee will be served overnight on New Year’s Eve, Saturday December 31, 10:00 p.m. until Sunday January 1, 5:00 a.m., at the following locations: 11 service plazas on I-90/MassPike; Route 3, Plymouth; Route 128, Beverly; Route128/I-95, Lexington and Newton; Route 24, north and southbound service plazas; and Route 6, Barnstable.

Check MassDOT's Traffic and Travel Resources page to access links to all MassDOT travel resources.

MassDOT's online traffic camera webpage includes more than 90 live traffic cameras throughout the highway system. The cameras refresh every 10 seconds to provide real time traffic views.  The 511 traffic alert system alerts customers to traffic conditions throughout the holiday weekend.

On New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, the MBTA is offering FREE SERVICE AFTER 8:00pm and providing extra transit services throughout First Night festivities:

• Blue, Orange, Green, and Red Line trains will operate on a Saturday schedule. Additional trains will operate and provide rush-hour levels of service throughout the evening from 3:00 p.m. until approximately 2:00 a.m.

• Buses, Silver Line, and trackless trolleys will operate on a Saturday schedule.

• Commuter Rail Service on New Year’s Eve will operate on a Saturday schedule with extended extra service provided.

Visit www.mbta.com to check the MBTA New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and New Year's holiday January 2 schedule

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.

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