MBTA Says Saint Patrick's Day Paradegoers May Experience Longer Travel Time

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is asking for paradegoers' patience as Green Line's slow zones will remain in place through at least the end of Saturday.

In a press conference on Friday, the MBTA said the speed restrictions could be lifted as soon as Saturday morning, but after further evaluation, it deemed the restrictions cannot be lifted in order to prioritize safety.

Those taking the T to attend the parade should plan for longer travel time on the Red, Orange, Blue, Green, and Mattapan lines.

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"Now this weekend we have some more slowdowns that are going to continue because it's important that we get safety right and so we have some additional inspections happening," Governor Maura Healey told WBZ's Mike Macklin.

The MBTA said it is taking time on Saturday to relocate 30 speed limit signs on the Green Line. After the work is completed, test trains will be re-run on the entire train line.

"The red line we hope really won't be affected and people coming in for the parade, but there are going to be some other slow zones," Governor Healey said.

The MBTA is asking riders to visit the MBTA’s St. Patrick’s Day Riders’ Guide as they plan their trip.

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