Earlier this week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino held his annual First Night public safety conference with officials from the Boston Police, Fire, EMS and MBTA. The Mayor reminded revelers to celebrate the holiday safely and encouraged people to take advantage of public transportation when traveling through the city.
Mayor Menino and city officials have worked with the MBTA and the First Night organization to ensure that First Night 2011 is a safe and fun experience for everyone
There will be an increased presence of public safety personnel and services, including police and EMS throughout the city.
The MBTA will be free after 8 p.m.
City officials reminded residents:
- Families should designate one meeting place and phone number to use in case someone is lost.
- EMS will have a lost child station at the Hynes Convention Center as well as a medical aid station.
- There will also be a medical aid station at the Boston Common.
- Expect traffic delays in certain parts of the city.
- No public drinking will be tolerated.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Dress warm and in layers, as temperatures will drop throughout the evening.
- Drink plenty of warm, non-alcoholic liquids.
- Utilize the MBTA, which will be free after 8 p.m. and will run with additional service until 2 a.m.
The Boston Transportation Department is advising drivers that parking and traffic restrictions will be implemented in Downtown Boston on Saturday, December 31 due to the City’s annual First Night activities. The use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Those who feel the need to drive in should plan to park in off-street lots and garages. Additional details regarding parking restrictions can be found here.