Getting Around on That Funky Green Thing

The T makes much possible, once you get used to it

By Edward A. Brown

In the slide show above, two experts share T tips.

Although it squeaks and groans and can run late, greater Boston’s public transportation system — formally the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), but known near and far as the T — has been getting BU students around town for more than 100 years.

The addition of an electronic ticketing system makes the entry process easier for T rookies, but like mass transit everywhere, the system retains plenty of quirks.

Despite alarming rumors this summer that the T wants to consolidate its three BU stops (East, West, and Central) into one, plus drop service at Pleasant Street, don’t panic; for the moment this is a proposal and backup plan only. We’ll keep you posted.

In the slide show above, Laurel Koller (CAS/SED’10) and her friend Paola Mora (CAS’10) take the T through Boston, offering helpful navigational tips. More information about the T is available here.

Fares

CharlieCard (a reusable, rechargeable plastic card. Recharge it online): $1.70
Free transfer to local bus and discounted transfer to express bus

CharlieTicket (a reusable, rechargeable paper ticket) or cash on board: $2

Monthly LinkPass: $59
Unlimited travel on subway, plus local bus

Weekly LinkPass: $15
Unlimited travel on subway, local bus, commuter rail zone 1A, and inner-harbor ferry for seven days

Daily LinkPass: $9
Unlimited travel on subway, local bus, commuter rail zone 1A, and inner-harbor ferry

BU stops
B Line: Numerous stops inbound between Packard’s Corner and Kenmore Square
C Line: St. Mary’s Street, Kenmore Square
D Line: Fenway, Kenmore Square

For access to other lines
Red Line: Park Street
Blue Line: Government Center
Orange Line: Park Street or Haymarket
Silver Line: Boylston Street

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

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