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    Conference Location: The George Sherman Union, Boston University Campus

    Housing Location: The Student Village, Boston University Campus

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    From Logan Airport

    A taxi from Logan to Boston University costs around $20-$30, depending on traffic. A much cheaper ($1.00) but more complicated alternative is to take the MBTA. For this route, take the MBTA shuttle bus (free) to the blue line Airport T station. Board the train ($1.00) going Inbound . Get off at Government Center and transfer (upstairs) to the green line. Be sure to get on an WESTBOUND B train, going toward Boston College. Ride the B train to the BU Central stop, which is located on Commonwealth Avenue. Once you've gotten off the train, cross the street towards Marsh Chapel (see campus map). The George Sherman Union is located at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, a half a block west of the chapel. The Student Village is located at 10 Buick Street, off Commonwealth Avenue. Note that construction of the new sports complex is taking place, so the entrance to the Student Village is now at the back of the building -- take Buick Street to the end -- the Student Village entrance is on your left (west side of Buick Street). See the BU Campus Map for more detailed instructions.

    The reception will be held at the Student Village, 10 Buick St., and the banquet will be held at the BU Castle, located on the BU Campus at 225 Bay State Road at the intersection of Bay State Road and Granby Street (note: the Castle is not marked on the BU Campus Map provided). Click here for directions.

    Arriving By Car

    Due to the difficulty and expense of finding parking near Boston University, we strongly recommend the use of public transportation such as taxi or the MBTA.

    From Logan Airport: (A rental car is really more trouble than it's worth for this meeting, but if you insist, here it goes.) Follow the signs for Boston/Sumner tunnel (toll= $2.00) onto the Expressway (I-93) NORTH. Take the Back Bay/Storrow Drive exit (Exit 26) onto Storrow Drive. Stay on Storrow Drive about 5 miles, exiting at Kenmore Square. (Hint: the Kenmore Sq. exit is to the left. Take the left fork, but be aware that there is an immediate fork to the right for Kenmore square.)
    Follow the local directions below.

    From South:

    Take I-93/Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) North to Boston. Exit onto Storrow Drive (Exit 26). Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Exit. (Hint: the Kenmore Sq. exit is to the left. Take the left fork, but be aware that there is an immediate fork to the right for Kenmore square.)
    From this point, Follow the local directions below.

    From North:

    By Car: Take I-93 or Route 1 South to Boston. Exit onto Storrow Drive (Exit 26). Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Exit. Follow local directions below.

    From the North Shore:

    Take Route 1-A through the Sumner Tunnel. Follow signs onto the Expressway North. Take the Back Bay/Storrow Drive Exit, and follow signs onto Storrow Drive. Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Exit. Follow local directions below.

    From the west via the Mass Turnpike (I90):

    Take the exit (Exit 18) toward Brighton/Cambridge, exit left and follow the signs for Cambridge to the 2nd set of stop-lights. Turn right onto Storrow Drive (which should be going ~east). Exit Storrow Dr. at the 2nd BU exit, Kenmore Square, and follow the local directions.

    Local Directions

    From the Kenmore Square/Commonwealth Avenue Exit of Storrow Drive:

    At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Beacon Street. You will immediately come to a fork; take the right fork, which is Bay State Road. At the end of Bay State Road, you will come to a sign that says "Boston University" at the corner of Bay State Road and Granby St. Turn left onto Granby St. (There will be small parks on both sides.) You will come to a traffic light at the intersection with Commonwealth Ave. Turn right onto Commonwealth Ave. The George Sherman Union is located at 775 Commonwealth Ave. It will be on the northern side of the street and a few of blocks west of Kenmore Square. For the Student Village, continue along Commonwealth Ave, through three sets of traffic lights and across the large intersection (which sends traffic over the BU Bridge to the right) to the traffic lights at Buick St. Turn right onto Buick Street and continue to the end of the street. The entrance to the Student Village at 10 Buick Street is to your left (the west side of the street). For parking permits, go into the Student Village entrance and see either the conference registration desk or the residence hall information desk. You will receive a parking permit and map of where to park.

    By Public Transportation:

    Boston University is located along the MBTA Green line. From any downtown Green Line subway station, take the "B" train heading outbound toward Kenmore Square. (If you are traveling from North Station, take any train to Park Street and transfer to a "B" train.) After Kenmore, the train will be above ground. For the George Sherman Student Union, exit the train at the third stop above ground ("Boston University Central"). The George Sherman Union is located just west at 775 Commonwealth Ave. For the Student Village, stay on the train until the fourth stop ("Boston University West"). Cross Commonwealth Ave to the North (in the direction of the Charles River), turn left and up the small hill to the intersection of Commonwealth Ave and Buick St. Turn right and follow Buick St. to its end and enter the Student Village at 10 Buick Street to the left (the west side of the street).

    Parking at Boston University

    Parking near Boston University is limited and expensive. We strongly recommend that you use public transportation.


    Daytime Parking

    Parking during the day will be available in a lot for $10/day at 660 Commonwealth Ave., across the street from the George Sherman Union (see map). Metered parking on the street is scarce, and a main source of Boston revenue is from parking tickets. We can arrange for daytime parking passes if you need one. Please contact Kimberly Paci as soon as possible to arrange for a daytime parking pass.

    Overnight Parking

    Overnight (and daytime) parking for conference participants staying at the Student Villiage is available for $10/night at the parking lots indicated on the map you will receive with your parking pass. Please indicate on your housing registration form whether you will need a parking permit for your stay.

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