Massachusetts Considers Permanent Switch to Atlantic Time

Massachusetts officials are considering whether the state should permanently push the clock one hour ahead to Atlantic Time. The sun sets early during the winter since the commonwealth is on the edge of the Eastern Time Zone, and jumping an hour ahead would keep the afternoon sun up for longer. The 11-member commission said in a draft report last month that Massachusetts “could make a data-driven case for moving to the Atlantic Time Zone year-round.” If next month’s final commission vote is positive, the report will be sent to lawmakers to consider for potential legislation.