By Erin Wade
BU News Service
Fans, city officials and the MBTA are all preparing for Tuesday’s Patriots Super Bowl Parade, which will likely affect morning commutes.
The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. in front of Hynes Convention Center, but if you’re traveling on the MBTA’s Green Line or into downtown Boston, expect crowds all morning. The parade route runs straight through the heart of the city and street closures will begin around 9 a.m.
The city said it would be closing off Boylston Street, from Massachusetts Avenue to Tremont Street; Tremont Street, from Boylston Street to Court Street; and Cambridge Street, from Court Street to New Chardon Street.
When the streets will reopen to traffic depends on clean-up times and how long it will take for crowds to leave the area, according to the city’s website, though it says Boylston Street will likely be the first to reopen, followed by Tremont Street and Cambridge Street.
Due to street closures, traffic congestion and an influx of parade-goers into Boston, the MBTA said in a news release on Monday that it would be maintaining rush-hour levels of service on all subway lines beginning at around 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.
Government Center Station, which is on the Green and Blue lines, will be closed starting at 9:30 a.m. for “public safety reasons and anticipated large crowds,” an MBTA news release said. It will reopen after the parade ends.
MBTA bus routes routes 9, 39, 43 and 55, along with Silver Line routes 5, 92 and 93, will be detoured while street closures are in effect. The MBTA has also advised those traveling into the city by Commuter Rail to take trains from stations with ample parking available.
Parking restrictions will be in place on many Boston streets starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, with affected streets marked by signs reading, “No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Tuesday,” according to the city. Cars parked in restricted areas will be towed.