|Boston's MBTA Subway Trains|
|You'll find it convenient to "take the T" (short for MBTA), America's first subway train system (1897) to reach a variety of sights in Boston.|
Visitors to Boston will find the MBTA's Red Line and Green Line, which intersect at Park Street Station beneath Boston Common, most useful for seeing the sights. The Blue Line and Silver Line are useful for getting to and from Logan Airport.
You'll find the Red Line most useful for travel between South Station Transportation Center, (Amtrak intercity trains, MBTA Commuter Rail trains, and intercity buses), Downtown Crossing (the heart of Boston's shopping district), Park Street Station (beneath Boston Common), Massachusetts General Hospital, Kendall Square/MIT, Harvard Square, and Somerville's Davis Square/Tufts University. More...
The elaborate Green Line goes from Lechmere Square near the Museum of Science in East Cambridge through Park Street Station (beneath Boston Common) and central Boston to Copley Square, after which it splits into four lines goingto western and southern suburbs. More...
The Blue Line connects downtown Boston (Government Center, State Street) with the Airport station at Logan International Airport (but check also the Silver Line for going to the airport). You can also use the Blue Line to reach the New England Aquarium. More...
The Orange Line between Oak Grove and Forest Hills is useful to out-of-town visitors for travel between Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, the Financial District's State Street and Haymarket, and especially north across the Charles River to Charlestown, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). More...
The Silver Line is not an underground train but rather a limited-access trolleybus/ diesel bus line running partly underground, partly via surface roads, connecting South Station Transportation Center with Logan Airport, Boston's Seaport World Trade Center, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, and hotels in the Seaport District. More...
To ride MBTA subway trains and buses, you use either a Charlie Ticket or a Charlie Card. More...
Children under 5 years of age ride free. Kids 5 to 11 pay a reduced fare for most rides. Junior and senior high school students must have an MBTA Student ID to qualify for the reduced student fare.
Seniors 65 years and older pay half-fare at most stations if they have an MBTA Senior Citizen ID Card.
Hours of Operation
Times on subway and bus lines vary, but you're pretty sure of being able to take the T any day from 5 am up to 12:30 am (and up to 1 am on some lines).
After that, be prepared to take a taxi, unless you get the final trip time from an officer of the line, and meet the schedule. Hours may vary on Sunday.
In the late 1800s, Boston public transport was by horse-drawn carriage and trolley—8,500 horses and vehicles crowded the city-center streets, bringing transport to a halt.
Something had to be done.
The USA had no underground railways until Boston's Tremont Street Subway line beneath Boston Common was opened on September 1, 1897. It followed some European cities:
—London's Metropolitan Railway, now known as the Underground, was opened in 1863.
—Budapest's Metro opened a year before Boston's, in 1896.
Today the MBTA, which includes the subway system, is the USA's fifth largest public transit system by daily riders.
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—by Tom Brosnahan