Commuter Rail to Provide Increased Capacity for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Parade spectators are asked to leave backpacks and water-bottles at home

BOSTON – March 16, 2018 – Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the MBTA’s commuter rail operating partner, wishes everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day holiday and asks passengers to please celebrate safely. Commuter rail trains on Sunday will operate with extra seating capacity to accommodate the higher levels of ridership expected for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Transit police and additional customer service personnel will be available in stations and on-board trains throughout the day.

Large crowds are expected to attend the parade. For the safety and comfort of all customers, use of backpacks, liquid containers and other carry-on items should be limited and may be subject to search.

“Our goal is to make the St. Patrick’s Day holiday convenient and enjoyable for those utilizing commuter rail,” said David Scorey, General Manager and CEO of Keolis. “We hope parade spectators stay off the roadways and take advantage of the convenience offered by public transit. We increased capacity to help accommodate more riders.”

The MBTA will operate shuttle busses between South Station and the parade in South Boston. The MBTA and Keolis will provide additional personnel at key stations to assist with wayfinding and boarding, and to minimize crowding.

The Passenger Information Center will be operating its regular weekend hours through the weekend and holiday. Customers may call 617-222-3200 with comments or questions on service, visit or follow the commuter rail on Twitter at @MBTA_CR for regular service updates.