Happy 3rd of July to you! I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day celebration tomorrow ... I know I am looking forward to procuring a cheeseburger somewhere and, hopefully, taking in some fireworks along the Charles (if I can make it anywhere close to the shore).
If you're planning to come into town for the celebrations, I've got a list of closures for you. I urge you to take public transportation. The MBTA is modifying service, and I'll get into that in a moment as well... but, even though it will be busy, it will sure beat trying to a) get downtown in the first place and b) trying to park.
Officials say they will start removing parked cars from Memorial Drive in Cambridge after midnight tonight. Be sure to have your car out of the way, even if you normally park there.
Storrow Drive from Leverett Circle to Kenmore Square will be completely closed at 7:30 tomorrow morning. There will be no access to Storrow from the O'Neill Tunnel or Leverett Circle. The on-ramps from the Bowker Overpass, Charles Circle, Charlesgate and Berkeley Street will all be closed as well.
Police will also be closing down the footbridges to the Esplanade at Charles Circle and Beacon Street, and there will be no access to the Esplanade on the Mugar footbridge. Berkeley Street will be the main entrance for the Esplanade activities.
Later in the afternoon, around 4:30, Cambridge streets will start to close to vehicular traffic. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed in both directions except for MBTA service.
Memorial Drive will be shut down between the Longfellow Bridge and Massachusetts Avenue in both directions, and Main Street will be closed from the Longfellow to Third Street. Ames, Wadsworth, and Amherst Streets will also be shut down. Land Boulevard on the Cambridge side will be closed from Binney Street to the Longfellow.
The shutdowns continue around 6:00 p.m. when Memorial Drive's closure extends back to the BU bridge. The Mass. Ave bridge will also close in both directions. Vassar Street in Cambridge will only be open for resident traffic.
State police have put out a reminder: please, do NOT attempt to watch the fireworks from 93. While the view is fabulous (I saw it, somewhat accidentally, last year on the way home from New Hampshire, and can attest to that), it is extremely dangerous to do so. Troopers will be out enforcing this, and they will make sure you move if you try to stop on the Zakim or anywhere else on 93 to check out the conflagration.
Here's what's happening with the MBTA:
Subway: Trains will be running on a Sunday schedule, with additional trips added closer to the time of the festivities in order to accommodate heavier ridership. The Silver Line will also run on a Sunday schedule, but extra trips will be added between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Bus: A Sunday schedule is in effect for buses, as well. Extra service will be added to these bus lines between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:
- Route 7 from South Station to City Point
- Route 8 to JFK/UMass
- Route 9 from Broadway to City Point
- Route 93 from Haymarket to Charlestown Navy Yard
Remember, there are no stops on the 93 bus through the Navy Yard until July 5th.
There will be no express bus service on trackless trolleys tomorrow.
Commuter rail: A Saturday schedule is in effect for all trains. The Greenbush and Plymouth/Kingston lines, as well as the Needham line, will be running despite the weekend schedule in place.
Several lines will be delaying their final trains out of the city because of the festivities. These final trains will all depart North and South Stations at 11:45 p.m.
North Station: Newburyport, Rockport, Fitchburg, Lowell, Haverhill
South Station: Middleboro, Greenbush, Kingston, Needham, Franklin, Providence, Worcester
Commuter boat: the F2 and F4 lines will run on a Sunday schedule.
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