MBTA Commuter Rail encourages passengers to celebrate responsibly at the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Keolis working with Local, State and Transit Police to provide safe and comfortable commuter services on day of parade

BOSTON, MA – March 16, 2017 – Keolis Commuter Services, operator of the MBTA’s Commuter Rail System, and the MBTA ask those attending Boston’s historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be respectful of other passengers to ensure a safe, orderly and enjoyable trip for all riders.

The Commuter Rail will be operating on a regular Sunday Schedule and will add coaches to train sets for additional capacity where needed. The MBTA will provide free shuttle buses from South Station to the parade in South Boston. Heavy ridership is anticipated and we ask that bicycles be left at home or locked at outlying stations.

Please be aware that subway trains on the Red Line will frequently bypass Broadway Station due to heavy crowds and public safety concerns. Riders should develop an alternative parade-viewing site other than the area near Broadway as it may not be suitable to drop off customers at certain times during the day.

Passengers are reminded that consumption of alcohol is not permitted on the MBTA or Commuter Rail. Additional Customer Service Personnel and Transit Police will be available to assist passengers, escort trains and promote public safety. Remember: if you see something, say something. While backpacks are permitted, we ask passengers to avoid bringing them whenever possible.

“We want this to be a festive event and Keolis is proud to be playing its part,” said Ronan Coatanea, Keolis’  Director of Customer Service. “We hope our riders will have a pleasant and safe journey. Keolis crews, customer service teams and cleaning staff will do their best to make that happen,” he added.

Customers may purchase round-trip tickets via the mTicket app and are asked to have activated tickets visible for conductors prior to boarding. Train departure times may be found on MBTA.com and updates are available on Twitter at @MBTA_CR and by subscribing to T-Alerts.