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For Immediate Release: 08/27/2014
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office: 857-368-8500

MassDOT to Motorists: Plan Ahead for Safe Labor Day Weekend Travel

BOSTON – Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – MassDOT encourages motorists to plan ahead for safe travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

The heaviest Labor Day traffic on I-90 is expected on Thursday and Friday westbound, and Monday afternoon and evening, heading east.  The number of toll transactions on the Turnpike from Weston to the New York border on the Friday before Labor Day is typically among the 10 busiest days of the year on the Western Turnpike.

MassDOT will suspend all road and bridge construction on major roadways from Friday, August 29 at 10 AM through Tuesday, September 2 at 5 AM. The I-93 Southeast Expressway HOV lane will open early at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 29.  Please check MassDOT statewide live traffic cameras before you travel.

Motorists are encouraged to also consider downloading the free RideWise Smartphone application that provides users access to the real time traffic information on Interstate 93, sections of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 3 on the South Shore and Route 6/Mid-Cape Highway. RideWise is available on all major platforms including iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 service plazas along I-90 and other major state highways on Monday night, September 1, from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

To save time, money and gas, please join E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths.

Additionally, MassDOT’s Highway Assistance Patrol service, sponsored by MAPFRE|Commerce, will be on the roads during peak travel times. The Highway Assistance Patrol program patrols on Interstate 93/O'Neill Tunnel running through Boston, interstates in Greater Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Cape Cod (seasonally) as well as at the Tobin Bridge, Ted Williams Tunnel, Sumner and Callahan Tunnels to provide free, limited roadside assistance to drivers in need. They also assist in contacting other first responders, clearing debris or managing traffic congestion due to crashes. Getting disabled vehicles back on the roads reduces congestion and improves safety during rush hours by removing a distraction that can cause traffic backups and accidents.

The CapeFLYER weekend train service from Boston to Cape Cod will run a Saturday/Sunday schedule on Monday, September 1. Customers may buy tickets on-board the train or on their Smartphone via the MBTA’s “mTicket” mobile ticketing app for Commuter Rail.  Customers are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.  Visit CapeFLYER on the web: http://capeflyer.com

The MBTA service schedule for Labor Day, Monday, September 1, follows:

Subway trains, streetcars, buses, trackless trolleys, and commuter rail trains will run on a Sunday schedule.

In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work.  For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot  blog: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/, or follow MassDOT on twitter at https://twitter.com/MassDOT   and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.

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