Massachusetts motorists warned of heavy Labor Day traffic

Traffic headache. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki
The heaviest weekend traffic is expected on Thursday and Friday. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is warning motorists to plan ahead for smooth travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. 

Heaviest Labor Day traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) is expected on Thursday and Friday westbound and Monday afternoon-evening eastbound, according to MassDOT.

The agency reported that the Friday before Labor Day 2012 was the 10th busiest day on the Western Turnpike; commuters logged 350,531 transactions between Weston and the New York border.

Motorists should also anticipate holiday weekend congestion to and from Cape Cod and points north.

“Safety should be part of all travelers’ plans this upcoming weekend,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “MassDOT reminds drivers to always designate a sober driver and to limit distractions behind the wheel to increase safety for all roadway users.”

To accommodate travel, MassDOT is suspending all road and bridge construction on major roadways from noon on Friday through start of normal business on Tuesday.

Ride Wise Smartphone, a free mobile app, 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.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 service plazas along I-90 and other major state highways on Monday night, Sept. 2, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The popular CapeFLYER weekend train service from Boston to Cape Cod will run a Saturday/Sunday schedule on Monday.

Weekend train service from Boston to Cape Cod has also been extended through the Columbus Day holiday, Oct. 14.

Customers may buy tickets onboard the train or on their smartphone via the MBTA’s mTicket app for commuter rail. Customers are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.

The MBTA service schedule for Labor Day, Sept. 2, is as follows: All subway trains, streetcars, buses, trackless trolleys and commuter rail trains will run on a Sunday schedule. Hingham boat service will not operate.

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