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For Immediate Release: 12/23/2015

MassDOT Press Office: 857-368-8500

MassDOT Encourages Safe Holiday Travel

MassDOT advises residents and visitors to travel safely during the upcoming holiday season, check our online resources, and use public transportation where possible.

As always, I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York experiences heavy traffic on peak holiday travel days. Drivers are encouraged to consider travel during the early morning or after 8 p.m. Traffic congestion is also typical at the I-95 and I-495 Turnpike interchanges along with I-495 and I-93 northbound leading into New Hampshire.

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

If you have yet to do so, now is the time to sign up for EZPass and avoid cash tolls.

Before you travel, visit MassDOT's online traffic camera webpage to check live traffic cameras across the Commonwealth. The 511 traffic alert system alerts customers to traffic conditions throughout the holiday weekend.

Free coffee will be served at all MassDOT service plazas between 10 p.m. on Christmas night, Friday, December 25, until 5 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, and between 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31, until 5 a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016.

Because of an expected reduction in traffic volumes during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the I-93 HOV Zipper Lane will not be deployed on the Thursday and Friday of those two weeks.

Please remember winter driving skills and tips for preparation. Examples: motorists should drive with headlights on, observe posted speed limits, never drink and drive, make sure everyone is using a seatbelt and clear snow from vehicles before driving. More information on safe winter driving is available at the MassDOT website.

Additionally, the Highway Assistance Patrol (HAP) program will be available to help if incidents arise. The HAP program, sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance patrols routes in Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) during peak travel times with extended holiday routes in heavy traffic areas. There is also an Incident Response Vehicle fleet of flatbed tow trucks, assisting along Interstate 93, the Tobin Bridge, Ted Williams Tunnel, Sumner Tunnel and Callahan Tunnel patrolling 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

The MBTA Christmas Day through New Year's Day holiday service schedule includes a Sunday service schedule for Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, 2016.; The T will provide rush hour level service from 3:00 pm through 2:00 am on New Year's Eve, December 31. The MBTA will not collect fares after 8:00pm on New Year's Eve. Check out the full T schedule at

All Registry of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, 2016. "Skip the Line" and visit the RMV online.


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