Transportation Around Boston


MBTA

MBTA

Subways:

The hub of traveling in Boston is the "T". The "T" is made up of four train lines, Green, Blue, Red and Orange. The lines run as shown below, and they come together at the Park Street (right next to the Park Street Church), Downtown Crossing and Government Center stations. At these stations you can change lines. Fees for the T are cheapest if you get a monthly pass.

Commuter Rail:

If you are located outside of the Boston area, you can use the Commuter Rail to get in, and then connect to the "T". The Commuter Rail has two hubs, North Station and South Station. Generally, communities north and northwest of Boston, e.g., Rockport, Newburyport, Haverhill, Lowell, Fitchburg, etc. are served by North Station, and communities south and west of Boston, e.g., Worcester, Frankin/Dean College, Providence, Middleborough, Kingston, etc., are served by South Station. Fees for Commuter Rail are definitely cheaper if you buy your tickets at the stations (or online) rather than buying them on the train.

For more information, visit the MBTA website.


Bicycle

Bicycling Around Boston

Bicycling in Traffic

  • Share the roads. Motorists are required by law to treat bicyclists just like other drivers.
  • Follow the traffic rules. The complete City of Boston traffic rules are available at City of Boston Transportation Rules.
  • The definition of "vehicle" specifically includes "bicycles." Therefore, where the rules refer to "vehicle" they mean both motor vehicles and bicycles, and where they refer to "driver of a vehicle" they mean both motorists and bicyclists. The rules of the road are in Articles V and VI.
  • Massachusetts law states that bicyclists have a right to use the roads and must follow the traffic rules and requires helmets for bicyclists 12 and younger.

Here are some reminders when riding in traffic:

  • Ride with traffic. Many collisions are caused by bicyclists who do not follow the traffic rules. Riding against traffic is one of the leading causes of car-bike collisions.
  • The Bicycle Drivers Manual has detailed information on safe and effective riding in Boston traffic or anywhere. This publication, Bicycling Street Smarts, is also available at your local bicycle shop.
  • Use lights. After dark you are required by law to use a white headlight and a rear reflector or rear light. Even if you can see the road ahead, without a headlight you may not be sufficiently visible to traffic that must yield to you. A rear light is strongly recommended, since the reflectors that come with new bicycles are not bright enough to be seen prominently and may be blocked by baggage.
  • Keep behind turning trucks. Do not get to the right side of trucks and buses turning right or that could turn right. Stay behind or ahead, but not beside. Fatalities have occurred when bicyclists fall under the right rear wheels of a truck or bus.

Where To Ride on the Road

  • Ride on the right half of the road, with the flow of traffic. Motorists and pedestrians do not look for bicyclists coming from the wrong direction. Riding against traffic is the single largest cause of collisions with cars.
  • Look ahead for potholes, debris, and other obstacles. As soon as you see one, look behind and merge left, as traffic permits, well before you reach the obstacle.
  • Do not get close enough to parked cars so that opening doors may hit you.
  • Do not pass on the right of cars turning right.
  • Where there is space, leave enough room for faster traffic to pass. You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist behind you.

Special Rules for Bicycles

  • Your bicycle must have a white front light and a red rear light or rear reflector during hours of darkness.
  • Your bicycle must be able to stop within 30 feet from a speed of 15 mph when on a dry, clean, hard, level surface.
  • If you are 12 or younger, you must use a bicycle helmet. Wearing a properly- fitted helmet greatly reduces the risk of brain injuries, the leading type of fatal and disabling injuries to bicyclists.
  • When signaling a turn or a stop you may use either hand.
  • You must give your name and address when asked by a police officer.

Taxi

Taxi

It is wise to use only those taxis that are licensed by the City of Boston. The following is a list of licensed taxis.
  • Boston Cab 617-536-5010
  • Checker Cab 617-536-7000
  • City Cab 617-536-5100
  • ITOA 617-825-4000
  • Metro Cab 617-782-5500
  • Town Taxi 617-536-5000

Airlines

Airlines

Logan International Airport