Memorial Day weekend is about to begin, and transportation officials are urging commuters to plan ahead in order to avoid the heavy traffic that traditionally comes with it.
“We do expect it to be busy,” said state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sara Lavoie. “Fridays in the warm weather months are when most people are traveling, and [this weekend] there’s the advantage of another day off for a lot of folks.”
Route 128 and Interstate 93 are currently seeing “heavy volume,” according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.
Traffic is expected to be heaviest on the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstates 84 and 495,according to a statement from MassDOT. Those roads should be busiest today and Monday between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
To see where traffic is heaviest at any time, commuters can download the RideWise smartphone application, which provides live traffic conditions and updates. The GO Time information system will also display live traffic information, including average vehicle speed and travel times, on digital displays along highways, the statement said.
For those who want to skip driving altogether, CapeFlyer trains will travel between Boston and Cape Cod starting this weekend. The service’s maiden run will depart South Station at 5:12 p.m., according to Tom Cahir, the administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.
“People can get to Cape Cod now without their car and still have a very efficient trip,” Cahir. “We’re hesitant to speculate, but we’re hoping to have 1,000 people on our trains this weekend,” Cahir said.
Public bus service will be provided from the Hyannis train station to the Cape’s 15 towns.
“You can get around quite efficiently without a car using public transportation, and I think that’s been a key ingredient to our success,” Cahir said. “100 buses a day will be on the road, and CapeFlyer coordinates our schedules to work with them.”
Officials also announced that the MBTA is offering weekend commuter boat service between Hingham, Hull, Georges Island, and Boston starting Saturday morning.Catalina Gaitan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.