With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend upon us, many locals are looking to travel across town, across the river and even further to enjoy the feast with friends and family. Still others may have to head into work, with many restaurants and other businesses open either for the holiday, or over the weekend. No one needs to be reminded of Black Friday, we assume.
With that all in mind, you may not be aware – but you’re probably not surprised – that the MBTA has some scheduling changes on deck for the next few days. Before you hop on the T to hit a turkey trot, or another fun activity with your friends and fam, check out what changes you’ll see on our transit system.
What are the MBTA changes for Wednesday, November 22?
First, the good news. The MBTA is trying to get people home for the holidays. Wednesday will see increased service on the Silver Line to and from Logan Airport. The T and commuter rails will be running on regular weekday schedules, as with the ferry with a few exceptions.
The 7:30 and 8:30pm ferries from Boston to Hingham have been canceled, along with the 6:40 and 7:40pm ferries from Hingham to Boston. Additional ferries have been added at 12:30 and 2:30pm from Boston to Hingham and 1:15 and 3:15pm from Hingham to Boston. The 9:15 and 9:55 ferries from Logan to Hingham to Hull have been canceled as well.
What’s the MBTA schedule for Thanksgiving day?
If you have somewhere to be on Thanksgiving, and you’re relying on the MBTA, you’re going to want to give yourself a little extra time.
The subways, bus and The RIDE will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving day. What does that mean? Less frequency and fewer trains. For example, the Red Line will depart every nine to 20 minutes, instead of every seven. For more details about specific subway and bus schedules, you can check the MBTA website.
On Thanksgiving, the commuter rail will run on a weekend schedule. You can find details on specific lines on the MBTA website.
What’s the MBTA schedule for Black Friday?
If you’re planning on coming into Boston or Cambridge for a little shopping from the suburbs on the commuter rail, give yourself a little extra time. The commuter rail will once again be running on a weekend schedule.
The T and The RIDE will be on their normal weekday schedule, and the bus will run on a weekday no-school schedule (because most kids have Friday off).
However, in good news for people traveling, there will be increased Silver Line service to and from Logan airport.
The Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend sees the MBTA reverting back to a normal weekend schedule.
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