Boston's Traffic Patterns Are Shifting. Here's When The Roads Are Busiest:

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —The Monday-to-Friday commute just isn't the same.

That's the word from the Mass. Department of Transportation, which said the busiest days on state roadways have shifted around since many commuters began returning to their offices this spring and summer with the option to work from home.

MassDOT had been hearing stories about a change in the days that most people are going to work, and decided to look into it. Sure enough, after an analysis, that proved correct:

"What you've been hearing is true. There's a strong avoidance to Mondays and Fridays," said Neil Boudreau, the Assistant Traffic Administrator with MassDOT.

But those cars have to go somewhere, and Boudreau said that weekly traffic is now concentrated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The traffic remains high on those two weekdays in both the morning and evening rush hour periods.

Commuter traffic has steadily been increasing since March. On the week of July 19th, traffic times on most Greater Boston highways were similar or worse than the same time of year in 2019, at least in the afternoons.

The mornings were more of a mixed bag, but Route 128 stood out as an area that had notably lighter traffic in 2021.

Madison Rogers (@madisonwbz) reports:

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel

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