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MBTA Service Plans for Wednesday’s Red Sox Parade

Posted on October 30, 2018

American League Champions banners on Fenway Park including 2018
  • T to run rush-hour subway service; provide additional capacity on certain Commuter Rail lines
  • Parade attendees strongly encouraged to purchase round-trip fares in advance
  • Visit MBTA.com/RedSox for service information 

To accommodate attendees of the parade celebrating the 2018 Boston Red Sox World Series victory, the MBTA will operate enhanced service on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

The MBTA will operate subway service at rush-hour levels from 6 AM until 7 PM. Additional Commuter Rail capacity will be added to lines that are expected to experience higher-than-normal ridership. On the Green Line, the nightly shutdown of trolley service on the D Branch has been cancelled, meaning regularly scheduled D Branch service will continue until the end of service on Wednesday night.

“Because the parade coincides with Halloween, we fully expect Wednesday to be a busy day in Boston and around the region,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “So as a reminder, we’re asking people to please stay informed of service information. We want everyone to have an enjoyable day, so please be safe, be respectful, and enjoy the special day on Wednesday.”

“As we prepare for the victory parade and Halloween, MBTA Transit Police will have an enhanced presence throughout the day,” said MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green. “For this year’s parade, we’re asking our customers for their assistance: if you see something, please say something. Working together, we can ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable day.”  

Customers can find more information on MBTA service and schedule information for Wednesday, October 31 at MBTA.com/RedSox.  

For customers using the Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail schedules are posted online and can be found on the MBTA Commuter Rail app

Because of the expected crowds, approximately 200 Keolis and Commuter Rail personnel will be at key stations to assist with wayfinding, boarding, and schedule information. Bikes will not be allowed on any Commuter Rail trains on Wednesday.

Parking facility locations and rates can be found online.

Parade attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase round-trip fares either Tuesday during the day or Wednesday morning to avoid long waits at fare vending machines after the parade.

In addition to purchasing fares in advance, Commuter Rail customers should consider using the mTicket app.

Some Commuter Rail parking facilities historically have additional capacity. Stations with high parking capacity include: 

For customers using MBTA buses

All MBTA bus routes will operate regular weekday schedules on Wednesday with the exception of a number of bus routes that will be detoured because of the parade. Those routes include: 

For customers using the subway

Beginning at 6 AM on Wednesday, the T will operate subway service at rush-hour levels.  

As with all other modes, customers are strongly encourage to purchase roundtrip fares either on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.  

Beginning Wednesday at 7 AM at Riverside Station, the CharlieCard Van will have available thousands of CharlieCards pre-loaded with $5 of value on each card so that customers can quickly purchase round-trip fares.

Customer can access the parade route from a number of MBTA stations, according to the following: 

  • From the Orange Line: any station between North Station and Back Bay
  • From the Green Line: any station between North Station and Kenmore
  • From the Blue Line: any station from Bowdoin and State Street
  • From the Red Line: Park Street and Downtown Crossing

The following MBTA stations are all located directly along the parade route:  

Fare Information 

Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase round-trip fares either Tuesday during the day or Wednesday morning to avoid long waits at fare vending machines after the parade.

In addition to purchasing fares in advance, Commuter Rail customers should consider using the mTicket app.

Additional Parking Information

As with prior large-scale events, the T will be working in coordination with MassDOT to position variable message boards along state highways informing customers about parking availability at key MBTA facilities. 

For infrequent MBTA customers, parking locations and rates can be found at MBTA.com/Parking.  

The T also provides live parking capacity updates at the MBTA’s eight largest garages at @MBTA_Parking.  

Customer Information

Customers can call the MBTA call center at 617-222-3200. To report an emergency, dial 911 or call the MBTA Transit Police Department at 617-222-1212.

Customers should connect with the T on Twitter at @MBTA and @MBTA_CR for the latest service information.

Media Contact Information

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MassDOT Press Office