“Plan ahead, be prepared and ease frustration while traveling this holiday season” is the message delivered today by the state’s leading transportation agencies leading up to Thanksgiving.
Today, officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) gathered at Boston’s South Station to offer travel tips and to remind travelers that the roads and skies will be crowded in the days leading up to and after Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, November 23.
Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack advised travelers “to plan their trips in advance to find the most appropriate mode, route, and time to travel and help decrease congestion and reach their destination in an efficient manner.”
Secretary Pollack urged travelers to utilize real-time technology such as 511 or MassDOT’s GoTime app to view live traffic conditions to help determine the best route and timing of travel. She also encouraged the public to take public transportation to Logan Airport and check mbta.com for updated transit schedules.
A record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28, according to Airlines for America. The busiest travel day will likely be Sunday, November 26.
Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn vowed to “do everything we can to ease the travel experience for everyone flying this holiday season. This week kicks off the busiest time of year at Logan and though we will have extra staff on hand to help out, we encourage everyone to plan ahead to help make their time travelling as smooth as possible.”
Massport encourages travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport for the most updated flight status and travel information. Parking is expected to be around capacity during the Thanksgiving travel period and travelers are urged to use public transportation to get to the airport and other destinations. Logan Express serves five locations including Peabody, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree and Back Bay.
In addition, the MBTA Silver Line 1 is adding additional service through Monday, November 27. As always, outbound service from Logan Airport to the South Boston Seaport District and South Station is free.
MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez said “passengers are encouraged to stay connected by checking schedules available online, following us on Twitter @MBTA and @MBTA_CR, and using the Transit app. We wish a safe and happy holiday for all passengers travelling within our system and beyond.”
General Manager and CEO of Keolis Commuter Services David Scorey said the commuter rail “will be increasing the capacity on some of our key rush hour commuter trains next Wednesday. The commuter rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and we would like to remind passengers that posted times are trains’ departure times.”
Here is a summary of travel tips:
• Download MassDOT’s Go Time travel app at www.MassDOTgotime.com.
• Visit www.Mass511.com to view live cameras, route conditions, and traffic information.
• Call 511 to learn about travel conditions before heading out onto the roadways.
• Check mbta.com for more information on train schedules. Thanksgiving Day will operate on a Sunday schedule.
• Airline apps can provide helpful real-time alerts and tips for air travelers.
• Allow extra time to check in and get through security and always check their airline flight status before leaving for the airport;
• Subscribe to get automated parking updates at www.massport.com/logan-airport/parking-information/;
• If you have any questions about what is prohibited in your luggage, go to www.tsa.gov
Be sure to follow any of partner agencies on Twitter @BostonLogan, @MassDOT, @MBTA, @MBTA_CR, @MassRMV and @visitma.
For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.