MassDOT’s 7 Changes To Make Thanksgiving Travel Easier
November 17th, 2022
To make your Thanksgiving trip a little less hectic, The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced some temporary changes being made this year.
Extra Security at Logan
Extra staff will be on hand to help passengers and families who may not have traveled in a while. Massport continues to recommend passengers arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international.
New Pickup Spot for Uber or Lyft Users at Logan
The Terminal B pickup and drop-off area has moved to the Terminal B Garage on the Departures Level. The new location is more convenient for passengers flying in and out of Terminal B as it is a shorter walk to and from the terminal. Passengers who request an Accessible Ride App can still be picked up or dropped-off at all the terminal curbs.
There will be no scheduled construction work on major arterial roadways outside of established work zones from 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, through 9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28.
Sumner Tunnel Alert
The Sumner Tunnel swing lane will not be deployed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25. MassDOT will not be closing the Sumner Tunnel the weekend before or the weekend after the Thanksgiving Holiday due to anticipated high traffic volume on roadways nearby. Work will not occur on the weekends of Friday, November 18, through Monday, November 21, and Friday, November 25, through Monday, November 28.
More Silver Line Service
Additional Silver Line 1 (SL1) service to and from Logan Airport will be added the weekend before (November 19-20) and the weekend after (November 26-27) Thanksgiving, boosting headways to eight minutes between SL1 buses for the majority of the day Saturdays and on Sunday mornings. Additional SL1 service to and from Logan Airport will also be added for the week of Thanksgiving (excluding Thanksgiving Day) with headways improved to every eight to 10 minutes for most of the day on weekdays and to 13 to 15 minutes late at night. Riders are reminded that the Silver Line is free from Logan Airport to Boston destinations.
High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Between Boston and Quincy
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane located on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will extend its afternoon hours by opening from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, and from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23. The HOV lane will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and on Friday, November 25.
Thanksgiving Day Alert
On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, riders should note that no ferry service will operate, all Commuter Rail lines will operate a weekend schedule, and all other modes will operate on a Sunday schedule. The CharlieCard Store is also closed on November 24.