Additional capacity available for Red Sox fans traveling to see World Series victory parade
BOSTON – October 29, 2018 – Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis) and its approximately 2,500 employees in the greater Boston area congratulate the Red Sox organization on their World Series win. The MBTA’s operating partner for commuter rail, Keolis will add capacity for Wednesday’s train service to help celebrating fans get in and out of the city for the parade.
“Recognizing the large number of fans seeking to celebrate the Red Sox’ ninth World Series title, commuter rail will provide additional capacity along lines we expect will experience higher-than-normal ridership,” said David Scorey, CEO and General Manager, Keolis. “In addition, our teams will have extra trains on-hand to deploy as needed as part of our plan to help everyone get to their destination and back home safely. All passengers traveling on Wednesday should give themselves additional time and dress appropriately due to the excessive crowds expected.”
When possible, passengers should utilize parking facilities with the most capacity (listed below). Approximately 200 Keolis and commuter rail personnel will be at key stations to assist with wayfinding, boarding and schedule information. Bikes will not be allowed on any commuter rail trains Wednesday and passengers are asked to leave backpacks, coolers, strollers and other large items at home.
The parade is expected to attract large crowds using public transportation. In anticipation of this Keolis will be adding extra capacity to help with the high demand for services. With the MBTA, Keolis teams will do everything they can to accommodate and move passengers as safely and quickly as possible. Passengers should dress appropriately and expect queuing for departing trains at the busiest times. Wednesday’s schedules will be available online at mbta.com and on the official commuter rail app. Passengers are encouraged to purchase round-trip tickets ahead of time and to activate mTickets prior to boarding.
The commuter rail transported a record number of passengers during the 2017 Super Bowl victory parade. With more trains and equipment in use than ever before, the system carried 215,000 passengers, 60 percent more than a typical weekday ridership. In freezing rain over 100 Keolis employee volunteers help passengers navigate platforms and board trains.
Customers may call 617-222-3200 with comments or questions on service, visit mbta.com or follow the commuter rail on Twitter at @MBTA_CR.
Stations with high parking capacity:
• Newburyport/Rockport Line: Beverly, Salem, and Lynn
• Haverhill Line: Bradford and Lawrence
• Lowell Line: Lowell, Billerica, and Anderson/Woburn
• Fitchburg Line: Fitchburg and North Leominster
• Greenbush Line: Greenbush, Nantasket, and Weymouth Landing
• Plymouth/Kingston Line: Kingston
• Middleborough Line: Campello, Montello, and Bridgewater
• Fairmount Line: Readville
• Providence Line: Route 128.
• Franklin Line: Forge Park/495, Walpole, and Dedham Corp.
• Needham Line: Needham
• Worcester Line: Worcester, Ashland