Mitigation During Full Tunnel Closure

MassDOT has coordinated with their partner agencies to develop mitigation measures for the full tunnel closure.

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The Sumner Tunnel will be fully closed from July 5 through August 5, 2024. Drivers are encouraged to once again Ditch the Drive and use alternative means of travel. This year's full closure will mirror, in many ways, the successful offerings of 2023, providing travelers with a range of services:

Travel to/from East Boston and North End


MBTA Blue Line and Parking

  • The entire Blue Line in both directions will be free to riders. Gates will be open at all Blue Line stations from Wonderland to Bowdoin.
  • The MBTA completed significant track work this spring and removed all the Blue Line’s speed restrictions. This will provide faster and more frequent service.
  • An additional train will be added to the Blue Line in the midday period. This will help support more riders riding the line.
  • All MBTA parking lots and garages on the Blue Line will be reduced to $2/day. Additional free parking is available near Wood Island Station.
  • Visit mbta.com/Sumner for additional information.

Fare-free service for customers boarding key Chelsea bus routes

  • Routes 111, 112, 114, 116, 117 and Silver Line 3

Discounted Tolls

  • Discounted tolls will be provided for the Tobin Bridge and Ted Williams Tunnel for those registered in the Resident Discount Program.
  • Real Time Traffic monitoring will be available at 13 local intersections.

East Boston Ferry

  • The East Boston ferry will be free during the tunnel’s closure.
  • The East Boston ferry service operates between East Boston at Lewis Mall and Long Wharf – North. East Boston ferry service schedules are available online with all ferry service schedules available at mbta.com/ferry.

On the RIDE, trips that begin and end within ¾ of a mile of the MBTA modes that are free will also be free from July 5 to August 5

Travel to/from the North Shore


Commuter Rail and Parking

  • Zone 1A ($2.40) fares along the entire Newbury-Rockport Commuter Rail line. Parking at Salem and Swampscott is just $2 per day.
  • Free parking at lots north of Salem, including Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton/Wenham, Newburyport, North Beverly, Monserrat, Rowley, and West Gloucester.
  • Blue Line benefits also apply. Travelers are encouraged to utilize the Wonderland Station parking lot if coming from the North Shore.

Lynn Ferry

  • The Lynn Ferry will operate between the Blossom Street Pier in Lynn and Long Wharf – North in Boston.
  • Free parking at the City of Lynn-owned lot will be available near the Blossom Street Pier. Bicycles are allowed on the ferry.
  • Riders may use a Zone 1A fare ($2.40).
  • The Lynn Ferry will operate seven days/week.

Winthrop Ferry

  • MBTA will operate Winthrop Ferry service/$2.40 one-way trip.
  • Service to Winthrop, Quincy, Logan Airport, Aquarium and Seaport.

Travel to/from Logan Airport


Logan Express

Additional Resources

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