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(NECN: Lauren Collins, Boston) - If you’re heading into the hub for Saturday’s rolling rally, don’t plan on driving.
“Streets are posted about parking,” said Mayor Tom Menino Friday of the tow zones that take effect at midnight. “No parking along the route. Basically that’s Boylston Street, Tremont Street down to the Charles River.”
That area includes nearly 50 side streets as well. The parade route itself will be closed to cars from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“We are absolutely wildly enthusiastic,” said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott about the Rolling Rally. The “T” will add service on all its lines including additional commuter rail and ferries from Hingham.
“We’re gonna have additional service going directly to the parade area that’s gonna be on the bus side but it is not like regular service and we’re gonna be asking for everyone’s patience,” she said.
Normal service on a Saturday carries 1.4 million passengers. The “T” expects to carry two million riders tomorrow. No metal detectors to slow the crowd down, but Boston police say you shouldn’t have too much with you anyway
Superintendent Dan Linskey realizes, “people need to bring stuff but if you can minimize backpacks, obviously less is better for us. If you have a backpack, keep it with you.”
Forty departments and agencies are on hand to help out and were briefed on safety plans Friday afternoon. With this year’s route ending in the Charles River, several marine patrols will be setting up a security zone to keep fans from throwing stuff, or themselves, at the duck boats.
“Anyone entering into that safety zone would be subject to arrest,” he said. “So, anyone who enters in a kayak or tries to swim, as they have in the past, they’ll be subject to arrest.”
This city expects this to be more than a rally. They hope tomorrow will be a day where everyone can feel Boston strong.
”We want it to really wind up being a family day and a celebration,” said Scott encouraging families to make a day of it.
Menino added, “it’s a good time to say thank you to the Red Sox organization: the ownership right down to the batboy. They did a hell of a job.”