How's the public transport in Boston

Boston subway

The Boston subway

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The Boston metropolitan area has a population of approximately 4,500,000, making it one of the most populous urban areas in the country.

Boston, in the state of Massachusetts, is considered the financial, economic and cultural center of the New England region, in the northeast of the American Union. Boston has a huge public transportation system to transport the millions of workers who use the subway every day. The various ways to travel in the metropolis can be found under the administration of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Locals know this system as the "T" because its trade logo is the same letter, which makes it recognizable to every visitor. The various modes of transport that are granted by the MBTA include buses, trams and the subway system, for North Americans as The Subway known.

The Boston subway is the United States' first subway system. Its inauguration took place 3 years before the world famous New York Underground and 34 years after the London Underground. Date of the year - 1897. It was named a national historical monument. The need for a subway system came as a result of the overcrowding of the carts, which were no longer enough for everyone in the city. Since 1900 it has had an unprecedented expansion. The MBTA built more tunnels for the subway, the lines in the center of the city were expanded, the local population groups were connected not only with the help of the subway, but also with the expansion of the railway and bus lines. At the moment there are also new plans to modernize the system.

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The lines

The Boston subway is made up of four lines identified by the colors orange, blue, red, and green.

The green line

Inaugurated in 1897, it was the first of its kind for the United States. It consists of a park of superficial trains that replaced the old streetcar that ran all over central Boston for a very long time. With 66 stations, a 37 km driveway and a daily demand of 230,000 users, the dimensions of this line are such that it is divided into four sections that identify with the letters B, C, D and E what make them the largest part of the "T" -Systems makes. It connects the east with the center of the city, the cities of Brighton, Newton, Mission Hill and Jamaica Plan, are connected with this line in its various courses.

The Orange Line

Inaugurated in 1901, it offers 19 stations that extend from the location of Jamaica Pain to Forest Hills, for a length of 18 km. It is used by more than 200,000 passengers every day. It connects the north with the southeast part of the city, through the center, where it makes transfers with the other three lines in different stations. All stations of the Orange Line are equipped with high quality platforms, with the thought about the access of disabled people to the subway, and also with elevators, which are equipped with the same things.

The blue line

That was the third line that went into operation in 1904. It has 12 stations within 9.7 km, except for two new ones that are currently under construction. In this case, the daily influx is calculated with approx. 67,000 users. It connects the area around East Boston, in the northeast of the city, with the center. It should be noted that this line connects to Logan International Airport in Wonderland Station, where passengers can take a bus to get to the air terminal.

The red line

The red line, inaugurated in 1912, connects the north of Boston with the south. It is the most extensive line in the system, with a total of 29 stations over 34 km. It connects the area north of Cambridge in the north of the city at Alewife station, with two different locations in the south. The trail splits at JFK / UMass station, where some trains go in the direction of Braintree and others in the Dorchester area.

The timetable

Each subway line has its own timetable, although most start from around 5:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, while on Sundays they are open until 6:00 a.m.

On the red line

The first train departs at 5:24 a.m. from Alewife Station, which is in the northeastern part of the city in Cambridge and goes to the Braintree area, while the other train departs from the same station at 5:16 a.m. in the direction of the Ashmont Terminal in the historic Dorchester area. In the opposite direction, from the Braintree and Ashmont stations to Alewife, the first trains depart at 5:15 a.m. and 5:16 a.m. These timetables are valid from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, all trains on the red line start at 6:00 a.m. The last train to provide the commercial service departs at the following times: Alewife-Braintree 00:15 a.m., in the reverse direction Braintree-Alewife 00:17 a.m. And in addition, in the direction of Alewife-Ashmont, the train departs at 00:22, in the direction of Ashmont-Alewife - at 00:30.

The timetable on the blue line

The first train on the Blue Line from Wonderland Station in the city of Revere, in the direction of Bowdoin Station in central Boston, departs at 5:13 a.m. And in the direction of Bowdoin Wonderland - at 5:29 am. The timetable is valid from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the departure time for Wonderland-Bowdoin is 5:58 am and Bowdoin-Wonderland is 6:21 am. The last train from the Revere area to the center of the city leaves at 12:28 a.m., in the opposite direction, Bowdoin Wonderland, - at 1:00 a.m.

The timetable for the Orange Line

The first train departs from Oak Grove en Malden Station in the direction of Forest Hills Station, in Jamaica Plain, at 5:16 am. In the opposite direction, it follows the same timetable from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays the first train leaves at 6:00 a.m. in both directions. The last train departs from Malden to Jamaica Plain at 12:30 AM and from Jamaica Plain to Malden at 12:28 AM.

The timetable for the Green Line

The green line has different operating times. Section "B", which goes from Boston College Station in Brighton in the direction of Park Street Station in central Boston, is 5:01 am. In the reverse direction, Park Street-Boston College, the train departs at 5:42 a.m. The last trains depart at 12:10 AM and 12:45 PM in both directions: Boston College-Park Street and Park Street-Boston College.

Section "C", from Cleveland Circle Station in Brighton to North Station in downtown Boston, has been up since 5:01 am and in the reverse direction, the train departs at 5:55 am. The last run on this section is at 00:10 in the direction of Cleveland Circle-North Station and at 12:46 in the reverse direction.

The "D" section of the Green Line begins at 4:56 am from Riverside Station in Newton to the Government Center Terminal in downtown Boston. In the opposite direction, the departure time for the first train is 5:41 am. The last trip on this section begins at 12:05 a.m. from Newton to Downtown and from Government Center Station to Riverside - at 12:49 p.m.

In the "E" section, the first train departs at 5:38 am from Heath Street Station, which is between the cities of Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill, in the direction of Lechmere Station, east of Cambridge. The last departure is at 12:47 am in the direction of Heath Street-Lechmere and in the reverse direction at 12:30 pm.

The prices

The Boston subway system offers a variety of payment options that adapt to the needs of passengers. The main ticket, which consists of a cash paid ticket, costs $ 2.75 and is known as the CharlieTicket. The MBTA also offers its customers a card known as the CharlieCard, which costs $ 2.25 to travel. This card can also be used to access the LinkPass offers, which are described here:

  • Tag LinkPass: It offers 24 hours of unlimited subway travel and unlimited use of local buses managed by the MBTA. It costs $ 12. This is recommended for people who need to use public transportation, from buses to trains, for an entire day.
  • Week LinkPass: Like the previous one, it offers unlimited journeys for passengers on local trains and buses under MBTA management, with a duration of 7 full days from the moment of the first journey. It's valued at $ 21.25. It is especially convenient for tourists whose stay will be between 7 and 15 days.
  • Month LinkPass: For $ 84.50, the passenger will enjoy 30 days of unlimited travel on the subway and bus routes managed by MBTA. This is ideal for those who spend a long time in the city and constantly need to use public transport.
  • In addition to the plans mentioned, the MBTA offers special prices for schoolchildren and seniors. In the case of students, a student CharlieCard is required. That's a card for students from elementary to high school, that makes the trip $ 1.10. It is valid for 30 days and costs $ 30. Seniors over 65 years old can count on the same offer at the price of $ 1.10 for a ride and $ 30 for the monthly plan. The same prices apply to people with special needs. Children under the age of 11 travel for free.

The rules

Correct use of the facilities

  • 1) Although eating is not prohibited on the Boston subway system, a warning can be given if the food has a strong smell that is annoying to other passengers.
  • 2) The conversations that are so loud that they disturb other passengers can be sanctioned by the system authorities.
  • 3) It is forbidden to play loud music in the trains and stations of the subway.
  • 4) When the car is empty, you can put your feet on the seats; During the rush hour it is not possible to use the seats in such a way as it disturbs other passengers and you can be sanctioned to do so.
  • 5) In order to make boarding smooth and quick, it is recommended that the passengers who get off must get off the train first, and then the passengers who get on are allowed to get on the train.

Bicycle transport

  • 1) You have to carry the bike on one side of your body and not use it in the subway.
  • 2) It is only allowed to transport two bicycles per car. The owner of the bike must ensure that he does not block the transit of other passengers.
  • 3) If the train is too full, you have to wait for someone else who has more space to take the bike.
  • 4) In the event of special events, the transport of bicycles on the trains may be prohibited. You are advised to pay attention to an unusual activity organized by the city or the MBTA.
  • 5) Seniors and people with special needs have the right to use bicycles for train use.
  • 6) In the event that a person with special needs needs a bicycle to improve their situation on the train, it is permissible to have it with them on the subway for any time.
  • 7) Cyclists under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a legal representative in the underground.
  • 8) Passengers who do not follow the previous instructions could be banned from using MBTA services for life.

The transportation of pets

  • 1) During the low traffic hours, the pet can be transported without any inconvenience. The transport of animals may be restricted during peak hours.
  • 2) The dogs must wear a leash and muzzle and cannot occupy seats in the towing vehicle. They are also not allowed to disturb the peace of other passengers.
  • 3) During peak hours, small animals should be transported in suitable containers so as not to cause inconvenience to passengers.
  • 4) The owner will be held responsible for any damage that a pet may cause in the underground facilities and will also have to pay a ticket for the damage.

The security

The Boston subway has its own security guard called the MBTA Transit Police Department. You are responsible for keeping passengers safe and for assisting with complaints. You have the right to carry out investigations and arrests in the event of illegal activities in the transport system. They have a team that specializes in sexual harassment cases on the trains, either physical or verbal, that they notice. Their service is highly qualified when it comes to any incident that may harm the integrity of the passenger.

To the airport by subway

There is an easy and convenient way to get to Logan International Airport using the blue line on the subway. You have to take a train in the direction of the airport station, where when you leave the terminal you have buses available that are identified by the name of the Massport company that oversees the logistics of the airport. The journey takes between 10 and 15 minutes and is completely free.

Otherwise, if you take the subway from the airport to the center of the city, you have to take one of these bus lines: number 22, 33 or 55 in the direction of the blue line of the subway system. All vehicles are identified by the name of the Massport company, which is located south of the airport, right in front of the entrance.

It should also be mentioned that in the airport you have the silver line that is not connected to the subway but has a fast connection to the city. It is a system of articulated buses that circulate around the city through rapid transit canals and that connect to the red, blue, and green lines of the Boston subway. If you upgrade this system at the airport, the ride becomes free. If you use this line to get to the airport, you have to pay $ 2.00 for the ride.

Future expansions

There is currently a desire to extend the Blue Line to the area around Lynn in the north of the city. At the same time, a connection to the south with the Red Line is planned. On the other hand, it is also planned on the Green Line: to expand northwards in the direction of Somerville and Medford, to relocate Lechmere Station and to end the line that unites both sectors. It is assumed that this final project will cost three thousand million dollars and will be inaugurated by the end of 2021.

In addition to the blue and green line projects, it is expected that a ring will be built in the center of the city, uniting the bus lines, metro stations and rail terminals, which will allow passengers to travel quickly between the systems.

Tourist Attractions

The first place you have to visit when in the city of Boston is this Waterfront, right in front of the Blue Line Aquarium Station. It's a dock with the captivating view of the city harbor, which also captivates the panoramic views of the center and its skyscrapers. It's a wonderful place to spend a day doing interesting things while enjoying the architecture of Boston.

You can do that in the same station a few meters from the waterfront New England Aquarium Find. It's an aquarium with exhibits including thousands of marine species divided into sections like Sharks and Rays, Open Turtles, or Kraft the Penguin. It is a place that must be visited by locals and tourists for its abundant selection of specimens, and also for recreational activities that allow visitors to interact with certain species under the supervision of someone in management.

Another destination worth seeing is that Museum of Fine Artsaccessible from the Green Line. It has the second largest art exhibition in the United States, surpassed only by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which makes it one of the most symbolic museums in the North American country. Established in 1876, it features collections of Egyptian antiquities, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Chinese art and paintings, Japanese creations, and has a section dedicated to the Rothschild family from Austria. It also has a library with more than 320,000 books.