We’ve suggested 32 ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Boston (see here, here & here), plus a complete guide to First Night, so we hope by now you’ve locked down your evening plans. After that’s all settled, it’s now time to coordinate your transportation for New Year’s Eve in Boston. Should you take the MBTA? Should you drive? Should you avoid both and just walk? Below you’ll find everything you need to know about riding the MBTA on New Year’s Eve (it’s free!), as well as road closures and parking information throughout the city. Happy 2013!
Taking the T
If you don’t have to drive, the MBTA is the way to go tonight. The system will be running on a “modified weekday schedule,” and additional trains will be added during rush hour service beginning at 2 p.m.
What’s more, the MBTA is offering free service after 8 p.m. tonight, and the Blue, Orange, Green and Red Line trains are running extended hours until 2 a.m. Yes, you read that correctly: free service from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.!
Additionally, the commuter rail will run on a modified weekday schedule with extended services on some lines tonight. Click here for the full MBTA New Year’s Eve schedule.
Plan on being out past 2 a.m.? There are a slew of taxi services to help you get home that don’t involve waving your hand in the air like a fool in the bitter cold. Download these apps to shuttle you around on New Year’s Eve.
Uber – Free – Described as “everyone’s private driver,” Uber offers on-demand car service at the click of a button. Simply input your credit card info into the app, and you’ll be riding in style to and from your New Year’s Eve bash. Be warned: Uber rates go up during peak hours, such as New Year’s Eve, so rides may get costly.
Pingup – Free – The Boston-based app allows customers to communicate with local businesses via text. Pingup has a relationship with more than 500 taxis in Boston, all of which will be giving priority to people who use Pingup to hail a cab on New Year’s Eve. Users can text their request, and dispatch will notify them through Pingup when their cab has arrived.
Hailo – Free – Similarly, Hailo is a taxi app that lets users hail taxis without ever raising a hand. The app picks up on your location, and you just click a button, alerting a taxi driver to come pick you up there.
If you do insist on driving on New Year’s Eve, below you’ll find a full schedule of traffic detours, parking restrictions and tow zones. Remember, don’t drink and drive!
Traffic detours will be in place due to the following street closures.
Boylston Street, from Dalton Street to Charles Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 PM to 8 PM.
Charles Street, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 PM to 8 PM.
Temporary parking restrictions are outlined below.
“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event, Saturday Through Tuesday” signs will be posted at the following locations.
Boylston Street, South side (Copley Square side), from opposite #585 to opposite #575.
Blagden Street, North side (Library side), near Dartmouth Street.
“Tow Zone No Stopping Monday” signs will be posted at the following locations.
Arlington Street, Both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street
Atlantic Avenue, East side, from East India Row to Commercial Street; West side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street
Beacon Street, South side (Public Garden side), from Charles Street to Arlington Street; Both sides, from Charles Street to Walnut Street
Berkeley Street, Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
Boylston Street, Both sides, from Dalton Street to Arlington Street (excluding the area on Boylston Street requested above); North side (Public Garden side), from Arlington Street toCharles Street; Both sides, from Charles Street to Tremont Street
Cambridge Street, Both sides, from Court Street to Sudbury Street
Central Street, Both sides, from Old Atlantic Avenue to the Dead End
Charles Street, West side (Public Garden side) from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
Clarendon Street, Both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Court Street, Both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street
Cross Street, Both sides, from Atlantic Avenue to Hanover Street
Dartmouth Street, Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
Exeter Street, Both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Fairfield Street, Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
Gloucester Street, Both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Hereford Street, Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
Milk Street, Both sides, from J.F.F. Surface Road to Old Atlantic Avenue
Old Atlantic Avenue, Both sides, from Milk Street to State Street
Surface Road, Both sides, from Sudbury Street to State Street
By Lisa DeCanio, Re-posted from BostonInno.com