Six residents of Auburn are registered to run in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. Run annually on Patriots’ Day (a uniquely Massachusetts holiday), the Marathon draws runners and spectators from all over the world. Here are the local competitors for 2019.
For those heading into the city to watch or join the festivities, the Mass DOT has some helpful tips and reminders.
If driving, note that the HOV lane opens early Thursday and Friday afternoon and is closed Monday. The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will be open from 1 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Public transportation options are likely the best options for traveling toward the city this weekend. All MBTA modes will run a weekday schedule on Monday with rush-hour service on all subway lines before and after the Marathon. Certain bus routes will be detoured on Patriots’ Day and the preceding weekend due to Marathon activities.
On Monday, April 15, Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices are closed, including Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service locations, and on Monday all MBTA modes of travel will be operating on weekday schedules with rush-hour service before and after the Marathon. In addition, on Monday there will be no deployment of the I-93 High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston.
“Our most important priority is safety and we would like to remind members of the public to anticipate higher volumes of traffic than usual on the roadways, build additional time into schedules to reach destinations, and account for any disruption associated with the Marathon,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.
“This is a perfect time for all travelers including Marathon runners and spectators to utilize every available travel technology tool to plan their journey such as mass511.com, phoning 511, or downloading the MassDOT GoTime traffic condition app,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We advise all members of the public to make smart, informed decisions in order to minimize congestion and reduce delays associated with the Marathon, and we ask for all individuals to prioritize safe, sober driving, drive the speed limit, and put cell phones away while driving.”
For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:
· Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
· Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
· Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
· Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
· Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT because motor vehicle incidents which impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.
The MBTA has released the following information regarding travel on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15:
· All MBTA modes of transportation will operate on weekday schedules with rush-hour service on all subway lines before and after the Marathon
· Several bus routes will be detoured on Patriots’ Day and the preceding weekend due to the Marathon and other related events
· Additional trains will be added to the Framingham/Worcester Line with schedules available at www.mbta.com/news/2019-04-08/patriots-dayboston-marathon-special-commuter-rail-pass-and-mbta-service-information
· Copley Station will be closed all day Monday, April 15
· Several street-level Green Line stops will be bypassed on Monday, April 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
· For additional MBTA schedule details, please visit: www.mbta.com/guides/boston-marathon-guide
The MBTA is also offering a $15 Marathon Pass for Commuter Rail. The all-day pass is valid for all Commuter Rail lines and zones, with unlimited hop-on and hop-off travel. The pass can be purchased electronically through the mTicket app today through April 15 and at ticket windows in North, South, and Back Bay stations starting April 10. The $15 Marathon Pass is also available aboard trains via cash or credit card on April 15 only.
CharlieCards preloaded with $5 roundtrip subway fare will also be available for purchase by credit or debit card only from Transit Ambassadors at Alewife, Back Bay, Braintree, Fenway, Quincy Adams, or Riverside Stations on April 15. Customers traveling around Boston on Marathon Monday are also encouraged to purchase a $12 1-Day Link pass valid for unlimited subway and bus travel, which are available from any station fare vending machine and valid for twenty-four hours after purchase.