119th Boston Marathon: What to know if you’re planning to go

BOSTON (WWLP) – If you’ve ever gone to a sporting event, show, a meeting, or even out to dinner in town, you know weaving through the city streets to find a parking spot can be tricky. It’s even more of a challenge when you have 30,000 runners and even more spectators all in the same area.

22News is working for you with what you need to know if you’re heading east Monday to watch the Boston Marathon. The good news is that Patriots Day is a city holiday, so Monday all parking meters in the city are free. But Back Bay parking will be on the day of the race, and on Saturday because of preparations.

On Monday, streets by Boston Common will close at 5:00 A.M. At 6:00, parts of Boylston Street are going to close. By 8:00, it’ll include all streets east of Massachusetts Ave and the Mass Pike Exit 22 (Prudential/Copley), as well as west of Massachusetts Ave in the Kenmore Square/Audubon Circle area.

By 8:30, Brighton streets leading to the route will also be blocked off.

You are encouraged to use public transportation if possible. Trains run on a holiday schedule. Copley and Arlington T stations are closed. South Street, Kent Street, and St Mary’s Street on the Green Line are also closed from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday.

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