These are one of the best and worst occasions to drive throughout Labor Day weekend


For these driving, it is best to hit the highway early within the morning or within the night.

Charles Krupa
A earlier visitors jam on Route 93 South in Boston. Charles Krupa

Greater than half of all Individuals will journey this Labor Day weekend, in response to The Vacationer.

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“Summer season journey has been scorching all season lengthy with elevated journey for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Anticipate the identical for Labor Day,” the journey web site wrote in its annual Labor Day survey.

Greater than 57% of Individuals will journey this weekend, up 4% from final yr, in response to the survey. For these hitting the highway, planning forward is vital, in response to the Massachusetts Division of Transportation (MassDOT).

“We encourage members of the general public to make use of MassDOT’s assets earlier than planning journey for the Labor Day Weekend,” Freeway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, stated in a press release. “By planning forward, you’ll be able to choose one of the best journey occasions, keep away from congestion, and have a safer and extra environment friendly journey.”

There’s excellent news for Boston drivers in the case of the Sumner Tunnel connecting East Boston to downtown Boston: It’ll reopen on Friday after a two-month closure.

Nonetheless, although the tunnel is reopening, MassDOT nonetheless recommends people use public transportation to get to and from Logan Airport as a consequence of a rise in air vacationers this vacation weekend. AAA says home bookings this weekend are up 4% and worldwide bookings are up 44%.

For these driving, it’s finest to hit the highway early within the morning or within the night, stated Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, in a AAA report.

Usually, the worst time to journey by automobile over the vacation weekend is between midday and eight p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 and Thursday, Aug. 31; between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1; between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2; and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, in response to INRIX, which famous that, on Sunday, Sept. 3, there will probably be “minimal visitors impression.”

One of the best journey occasions by automobile this weekend are: Wednesday and Thursday earlier than 7 a.m., Friday earlier than 11 a.m., Saturday after 6 p.m. and Monday after 7 p.m. As soon as once more, on Sunday is anticipated to be the lightest visitors day, in response to INRIX.

Boston drivers this vacation weekend will discover probably the most congested routes within the nation from Boston to Hyannis on Pilgrim Freeway S. The stretch will see a 54% enhance over regular visitors ranges with a peak on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m., in response to INRIX, and the estimated journey time is 1 hour 58 minutes.

MassDOT experiences it has performed the next to arrange for busy roads this weekend:

— As of 5 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, scheduled, non-emergency development exterior of fastened work zones will probably be shut down and resume initially of regular enterprise hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5.   

— The Excessive Occupancy Automobile (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will start sooner than standard within the afternoons, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, and 1 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 1. The HOV lane can have common morning hours on Thursday and Friday and will probably be closed within the morning and afternoon on Monday, Sept. 4.   

— The extra “swing lane” on Route 1A southbound on the Sumner Tunnel won’t be open on Monday, Sept. 4, and can resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5.  

“When you should journey throughout heavy visitors, navigation apps and native departments of transportation will help steer drivers round lengthy delays,” Pishue suggested.

Vacationers can obtain the Mass511 cellular app or go to to view dwell cameras, journey occasions, and real-time visitors circumstances earlier than taking to the roads. Customers can subscribe to obtain textual content and electronic mail alerts.

People may comply with @MassDOT on X (previously often known as Twitter) to obtain updates on highway and visitors circumstances or dial 511 and choose a route to listen to real-time circumstances.

The MBTA launched the next info relating to journey on Monday, Sept. 4, with extra info obtainable at   

  • All subway traces, bus routes, and the RIDE will function on a Sunday schedule.   
  • The Commuter Rail will function on a weekend schedule.  
  • The Hingham – Hull – Logan Airport – Lengthy Wharf (F2H) ferry will function on a Sunday schedule. There will probably be no Hingham – Rowes Wharf (F1) ferry service.  
  • The Charlestown Ferry and the East Boston Ferry will function on a weekend schedule.  
  • There will probably be no Lynn ferry or Winthrop ferry service. 
  • The CharlieCard Retailer will probably be closed. 

Drivers will see gasoline costs this weekend just like final yr, in response to AAA, and the nationwide common for a gallon of standard on Labor Day in 2022 was $3.78.