Boston Navy Week, a week of events and activities planned around Boston’s waterfront that allows civilians to meet Navy personnel and explore naval vessels, begins on Thursday, June 28, and ends Friday, July 5. The event coincides with the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, as well as OpSail 2012, which will bring international tall ships and ships from America’s coalition partners.
Nearly two dozen US and coalition ships will participate in Boston Navy Week. The MBTA said in a statement that it will be running additional buses and trains over the course of the week in order to accomodate the thousands of additional visitors to the city that are expected. View the full list of schedule changes and shuttle times at www.mbta.com, and read a Your Town story about the service boost. Here are some of the main points:
•It is important to note that MBTA fares will rise on Sunday, July 1. For a detailed list of the fare and service changes that will be introduced, visit www.mbta.com.
•Due to expected crowds during the first week of July, plans to eliminate Saturday commuter rail service on the Needham Line and Saturday and Sunday service on the Greenbush and Kingston/Plymouth lines will be implemented on the weekend after the Fourth of July, instead of on the first of the month as was originally planned.
•Commuter rail trains on the Middleborough/Lakeville, Kingston/Plymouth, and Greenbush lines will all make unscheduled stops at JFK/UMass Station.
•All commuter rail trains departing on Wednesday, July 4, will delay their departures from Boston until 11:45 p.m. to allow visitors to stay for the fireworks display. The #1173 to Newburyport is scheduled to depart at 11:15 p.m.
•A shuttle will run between JFK/UMass station on the Red Line and Castle Island on the following dates:
June 29 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last trip from Castle Island is at 5:30 p.m.)
June 30 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (last trip from Castle Island is at 1:30 p.m.)
July 4 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last trip from Castle Island is at 4:30 PM).
The shuttle will cost $3 round-trip ($1 for seniors, TAP users, and students) and it is strongly suggested that customers pay with cash. The shuttle will be accessible at the JFK busway.
•A separate bus shuttle will run on July 4, 2012 from the parking lot of the Bayside Expo Center to Castle Island from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last trip from Castle Island is at 4:30 p.m.) and will also cost $3 round-trip.
•Additional service will be added from June 30 through July 5 on the following bus routes:
Route 7 from South Station to City Point from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Route 9 from Broadway to City Point from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Route 93 from Haymarket to Charlestown Navy Yard from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
•Additional subway trips have been added to the Orange and Red Lines June 29 through July 1 and again on July 4 in order to connect riders to North Station, South Station, Haymarket Station, JFK/UMass Station and the Silver Line, all close to the festivities.
•Additional Silver Line trips have been added between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. from June 30 to July 5.
•No bicycles will be allowed on the MBTA on July 4. Bikes are not allowed on inbound commuter rail trains between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or on outbound trains after 4 p.m.
•The RIDE customers should check with their contractors directly for schedule changes.
•The MBTA will not collect fares after 10:30 p.m. on July 4.
Area parking information
Flagship Wharf Garage, Standard Parking
197 8th St, Charlestown
Up to: 2 hours -$8
24 hours $18
88 Constitution Road, Charlestown
$3 every half hour, 24 hours for $20
Lewis Wharf Parking
28 Atlantic Ave., Boston
10 hours for $15, up to 24 hours for $25
Harbor Garage at Boston Aquarium
70 East India Row, Boston
Daily rate of $35, reduced to $15 if you arrive between 5 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and leave before 4 p.m.
Rowes Wharf Garage
30 Rowes Wharf, Boston
Daytime rates: first 20 minutes are $7, every additional 20 minutes are $8, $35 for day
Weekend rates: first 20 minutes are $6, additional are $14, $18 for day, Weekend rates also apply for evenings after 5 p.m.
Icon Parking Systems
500 Atlantic Ave., Boston
1 hour for $20, $30 for up to 2 hours
338 Congress St., Boston
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. $12 flat rate
25 Northern Ave., Boston
Up to 18 hours for $14, 24 hours for $28
28 Northern Ave., Boston
12 hours for $15