Here's a rundown of what's open and what's closed in Boston on Patriots' Day, and the MBTA schedules for - Monday, April 18, 2011.
Restaurants, Bars, Convenience Stores, Supermarkets, Retail Stores, Liquor Stores
Financial Services: Banks may open if they wish. All markets are open.
Federal Offices and Facilities are open: This includes the Postal Service.
Massachusetts City, Town, State Operations: This includes Schools, Libraries. Only emergency services are available.
One of the most common questions we had last year was about street sweeping on Patriots' Day.
Here's the page from the city website with the answer. It says:
"Daytime street sweeping is suspended on city holidays, but nighttime sweeping schedules remain in effect. Constituents are advised to call 617-635-4500 for exact details."
You don't have to feed the meters. Other parking rules apply. Many streets will be cleared of parked cars to accommodate the Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day activities.
Be sure to check your car in the days leading up to the marathon to be sure it is not in a tow-away zone for the event. Here's how you can sign up for parking alerts and tow alerts.
Here's our latest post with tips for local parking on this holiday including a list of road closures–
Boston Trash Collection
"Delay trash and recycling pickup one day only if you live in Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, or West Roxbury.
*if you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up two times per week, do not delay"
*For Back Bay residents, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay says, “Due to the Marathon schedule and various street closings on Monday, April 18th, trash collection will begin earlier than usual. Please make sure you have both trash and recycling out no later than 7:00 AM.”
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MBTA: Marathon Monday- Updated 4/10/2011
Buy your fares in advance with a Charlie Card or Charlie Ticket to avoid waiting in line on Monday. An MBTA "Customer Service Van will be on Boylston Street at the rear of Hynes Station selling prepaid $5.00 Charlie Cards."
"Copley Station will be closed all day .... Access to the Green Line at Hynes Convention Center or Arlington Stations."
Due to crowds, they don't allow bikes on the subway on Patriots Day.
Blue, Orange, Red and Green line service will operate on regular weekday schedule with extra service before and after the marathon.
Commuter rail trains will operate on regular weekday schedule.
All buses and trackless trolleys will operate on a Saturday schedule.
Commuter Boat and Inner Harbor Ferry service will operate on a regular weekday service schedule.
THE RIDE will operate on a modified weekday schedule.
Bus routes that cross the marathon course will be rerouted at times.
Complete details on all changes are here: Official MBTA Information on Marathon Weekend
Official Boston Marathon information.
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