Next Stop, Boston
The T makes much possible, once you get used to it
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. It is the nation’s oldest subway system and—despite its imperfections—usually the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city.
The electronic ticketing system makes the entry process easy for T rookies, but like mass transit everywhere, the system retains plenty of quirks. On some lines, such as the Green Line’s B and C branches, the proximity of stops to one another can be deceiving when looking at an MBTA map. Don’t be afraid to hoof it sometimes (for instance, between Blandford Street and BU Central) to avoid a wait.
In the slideshow above, Laurel Koller (CAS’10, SED’10) and Paola Mora (CAS’10) take the T through Boston, offering helpful navigational tips. More information about the T is available here.
CharlieCard (a reusable, rechargeable plastic card): $1.70
Free transfer to local buses and discounted transfer to express buses
CharlieTicket (a reusable, rechargeable paper ticket) or cash on board: $2
Monthly LinkPass: $59
Unlimited travel on subway, plus local buses
Weekly LinkPass: $15
Unlimited travel on subway, local buses, commuter rail zone 1A, and inner-harbor ferry for seven days
Daily LinkPass: $9
Unlimited travel on subway, local buses, commuter rail zone 1A, and inner-harbor ferry
Semester LinkPass through BU Parking and Transportation Services: $210.04
Unlimited travel on subway and local bus for each four-month semester (the deadline for purchasing a pass for this semester has passed; a spring semester pass can be purchased in November).
Green Line B trolley: Numerous stops inbound between Packard’s Corner and Kenmore Square
Green Line C trolley: St. Mary’s Street, Kenmore Square
Green Line D trolley: Fenway, Kenmore Square
For access to other lines
Red Line: Park Street
Blue Line: Government Center
Orange Line: Park Street or Haymarket
Silver Line (bus line) to Dudley Square: Boylston Street
Silver Line (bus line) to Logan Airport: South Station
This article was originally published on August 26, 2008. It has been updated to reflect current MBTA routes and ticket fare.12 Comments