Salem city leaders announce crowd control plans after Halloween festivities draw record attendance – Boston News, Weather, Sports

SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) – Salem city leaders are expected to discuss how they plan to accommodate large crowds and avoid traffic problems for residents Friday morning after the city’s Halloween festivities drew a record 157,000 people last weekend.

Salem had over 500,000 in the first 16 days of October, up 15% from the same period last year.

Last weekend, more people visited Salem than can fit into Gillette Stadium, which seats 65,000. The number of visitors last weekend also surpasses residents with the population of Salem itself reportedly only around 45,000.

“This street alone; I don’t think you could move. And if you didn’t have a dinner reservation, forget it,” Salem visitor Lauren Pisano said.

Commuter Rail will add more services this weekend between North Station and Salem, as well as Salem and Beverly/Newburyport. The city said all lots, garages and spaces filled early last weekend, so unless visitors have a broom, the city recommends taking a train or ferry.

The mayor of Salem said she is grateful to Keolis Commuter Services and the MBTA for providing extra service for the busiest time of the year and encourages people to check the Commuter Rail timetable before coming to Witch City.

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