SMTD preparing for President Obama’s Visit on Feb. 10

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SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) is advising residents to expect major service interruptions on Wednesday, February 10, as a result of President Obama visiting Springfield.

Presidential visits generally alter traffic patterns and security in areas where the President’s motorcade will travel and stop.

SMTD’s downtown transfer center at 5th and Capitol is planned to operate one block south on Wednesday at 5th and Jackson. Several streets north and west of the area could be closed for at least part of the day, causing bus routes to be detoured.

In order to make travel smoother for passengers, SMTD will be honoring transfers all day. Transfers will only be good once, but passengers will not have to worry about their transfer being valid if they miss a transfer due to delays.

SMTD Managing Director Frank Squires says most of these changes are out of the hands of local agencies due to the President’s visit, but agencies are doing their best to roll with the changes.

“While the Secret Service cannot share every detail about routes and schedules for security reasons, we will do our best to keep passengers informed and reaching their destinations as quickly as possible throughout the day,” Squires adds.

Passengers are encouraged to follow SMTD’s Facebook page, Twitter account and visit their website for updates on Wednesday bus service.

A list of parking areas affected by the President’s visit can be found here.

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