Boston travel update: Transit service back, lockdown lifted

6:03 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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By Laura Bly, USA TODAY

Though a massive manhunt continues in the Boston area for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, limited public transit has resumed and an earlier police request for businesses to close and residents and visitors to "shelter in place" has been lifted.

According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Twitter feed, all forms of public transit except commuter rail have been reinstated.

Taxi service, which had been halted earlier this morning, has been restored and flights are continuing to operate from Logan Airport, which is under a "heightened state of alert." But most major airlines - including American, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways - were waiving change fees for today's flights, and about a third of Logan departures and arrivals were delayed, the Boston Globe reports.

Amtrak has halted Acela Express and Northeast Regional service in the Boston area, and Northeast Corridor trains are terminating at New York Penn Station. Amtrak Downeaster continues to operate a modified schedule with no service to Boston, and trains are operating normally between Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York.

Massachusetts shut down all mass transit, including buses and trains, in Boston and surrounding suburbs.

Megabus has canceled at least 18 buses between Boston and New York, New Haven, Conn., Hartford, Conn., Burlington, Vt. and Philadelphia, and passengers can get a refund or rebook for free, reports the Associated Press. Bolt Bus, Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines have all also suspended service.

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is providing updates on its website, says "in compliance with the 'shelter in place' order for the City of Boston, operations have been suspended at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center. Attendees, exhibitors, employees of the MCCA and employees of contractors not already in route should not attempt to come to the Hynes or the BCEC at this time."

The bureau also notes that Lexington police have shut down the area around the historic Battle Green and are asking all tours to bypass the town. Among other attractions closed Friday: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, the Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts and Children's Museum. Tonight's Red Sox-Royals and Bruins-Penguins games have been postponed.

And for the second time this week, most hotels - including the Marriott, Hilton and Choice chains - have waived penalty fees for travelers who can't make it into the city.


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