Here are the best times to take to the streets to beat the 4th of July weekend traffic

DOES NOT LOOK BAD. >> NOT NOW. LATER TODAY IT WILL DEFINITELY GET VERY HARD. AAA ESTIMATES THAT 42 MILLION AMERICANS WILL TAKEN THE STREET THIS JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY WEEKEND. SO BETWEEN 3:00 AM AND 6:00 AM TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE HARST TIME TO GET ON THE ROAD. AAA FORECASTS 93 SOUTH WILL SEE TWICE THE TRAFFIC THAN A TYPICAL DAY. 93 NORTH WILL SEE 88% MORE TRAFFIC AND ROUTE 3 86% MORE. YOU CAN EXPECT A SIMILAR TRAFFIC PATTERN TOMORROW. AGAIN 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM EVENING. We spoke to drivers last night who made the decision to beat the holiday rush. >> I AM ON THE WAY NOW WALKING ALL THE WAY TO THE FAR END OF LONG ISLAND. >> WERE YOU IN TRAFFIC TRAVELING WEST? >> IT’S TERRIBLE. THIS IS NOT FUN. >> IF IT’S AROUND 4 OR 5 A.M. IT’S THE WORST. >> WHILE YOU’RE SITTING IN BUMPER-TO-BUMPER TRAFFIC THIS WEEKEND, KEEP THIS PHOTO IN YOUR MIND. THAT WAS TERMINAL E AT LOGAN’S LAST NIGHT DOESN’T LOOK FUN. SO MAKE SURE YOU GIVE PLENTY OF TIME IF YOU ARE TRAVELING BY LAND OR BY PLANE AND THE GAS PRICE IS 4 .-.

Here are the best times to take to the streets to beat the 4th of July weekend traffic

AAA forecasts 1.37 million will travel over the 4th of July weekend

If you’re out this 4th of July bank holiday weekend, you won’t be alone. AAA forecasts that 1.37 million people will vacation in Massachusetts, and 1.2 million of those will travel by car. “I think we’re going to see a lot of travel on Thursday afternoon and evening,” said AAA’s Mary Maguire. AAA forecasts that Interstate 93 South will see 103% more traffic than on a typical day, I-93 North will see 88% more traffic, and Route 3 will see 86% more traffic. Friday is also expected to be busy and getting a head start by leaving early in the morning can be a good bet. Travelers should expect increased traffic due to the holiday and plan ahead, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a recent statement. On the freeways, the I-93 Boston-Quincy High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane is deployed Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and Friday at 1:00 p.m., but is not used on holiday Monday. It will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, MassDOT said. 5 Alert Traffic Map MassDOT Travel Dashboard officials also said Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will not be used Monday and the tunnel will remain open to drivers all weekend as weekly holiday weekend maintenance closures are suspended. Massport expects passenger numbers to increase around the holiday at Logan Airport and travelers to contend with ongoing construction projects at the airport. State transportation officials recommend using the MBTA to reach the airport. MBTA officials said service changes for the holiday weekend will affect Subway, Bus, Ferry and The RIDE services during the holiday: All Subway, Bus and The RIDE services will operate on Saturday, December 2nd July and Sunday, July 3 to operate on a Saturday schedule The MBTA Commuter Rail will operate on a weekend schedule from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4. Customers should note that routes that do not normally operate on weekends will not operate. The MBTA Charlestown Ferry will operate on a weekend schedule from Saturday 2nd July to Monday 4th July. The Hingham – Hull – Logan Airport – Long Wharf ferry will operate on a Saturday schedule from Saturday 2nd July to Monday 4th July. There will be no service on the Hingham – Rowes Wharf ferry from Saturday 2nd July to Monday 4th July. All Bus, Silver Line and The RIDE services will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday 4th July. All subways will operate on a modified Saturday schedule until July 1st at :00pm on Monday July 4th. After 13:00 pm the subway will operate on a weekday timetable.

If you’re out this 4th of July bank holiday weekend, you won’t be alone. AAA forecasts that 1.37 million people will vacation in Massachusetts, and 1.2 million of those will travel by car.

“I think we’re going to see a lot of travel on Thursday afternoon and evening,” said AAA’s Mary Maguire.

Thursday between 3pm and 6pm is expected to be the busiest travel day and time. AAA forecasts that Interstate 93 South will see 103% more traffic than a typical day, I-93 North will see 88% more traffic, and Route 3 will see 86% more traffic.

Friday is also expected to be busy, and getting a head start by leaving early in the morning can be a good bet.

Travelers are advised to anticipate increased traffic due to the holiday and to plan ahead, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a recent statement.

On the freeways, the I-93 Boston-Quincy High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane is deployed Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and Friday at 1:00 p.m., but is not used on holiday Monday. It will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, MassDOT said.

Officials also said the Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will not be used on Monday and the tunnel will remain open to motorists all weekend as weekly maintenance closures for bank holiday weekends are suspended.

Massport expects passenger numbers to increase around the holiday at Logan Airport and travelers to contend with ongoing construction projects at the airport. State transportation officials recommend using the MBTA to reach the airport.

MBTA officials said service changes for the holiday weekend will affect subway, bus, ferry and The RIDE services during the holiday:

  • All subway, bus and The RIDE services will operate on a Saturday schedule on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July.
  • The MBTA Commuter Rail will operate on a weekend schedule from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4. Customers should note that routes that do not normally operate on weekends will not operate.
  • The MBTA Charlestown Ferry will operate weekend Saturday 2nd July through Monday 4th July.
  • The Hingham – Hull – Logan Airport – Long Wharf ferry operates on a Saturday schedule from Saturday 2nd July to Monday 4th July.
  • There will be no service on the Hingham – Rowes Wharf ferry from Saturday 2nd July to Monday 4th July.
  • All Bus, Silver Line and The RIDE services will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday 4th July.
  • All subways will operate according to a modified Saturday timetable until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th. After 1:00 p.m., the subway runs on a weekday timetable.