Boston Metro: General Information

Operated by MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) people know it by "the T", for its logo, a letter T. As part of the public transport, Boston has a Metro system, (metropolitan subway-metro Boston) compossed by 4 lines supplemented by a light train system,with 5 lines that are green and red lines extensions, 12 commuter trains, 4 ferry lines, 4 trolley bus lines and 183 bus lines.It opened in 1897, with an underground tunnel tram section, between Park St and Boylston stations, that is nowadays part of the green line.

In 2006, with an average of 600.000 passengers per day, Boston metro was the fourth busiest metro system in United States.

Boston Metro Lines

Presently, there are four lines:

  • Orange Line: going from Forest Hills to Oak Grove, 18 kms and 19 stations.
  • Blue Line: going from Bowdoin toWonderland, 9.5 kms and 12 stations.The line extends from northeast to southeast. Blue colour represents the water, as the lines passes under the Boston Harbour and most of its way runs y the coast.
  • Red Line:going from Alewife station to two branches: Braintree and Ashmont, 33 kms and 22 stations.
  • Green Line: going from Lechmere station to two branches: Symphony and Kenmore, 41 kms and 70 stations.
  • Most relevant stations:

    Park street: connect the red and green lines.
    State: pass the blue and orange lines..
    Government Center: pass the blue and green lines.
    Downtown Crossing: pass red and orange lines.
    Haymarket y North Station: pass orange and green lines.

    Metro Opening Hours

    Metro works from 05.00 a.m to 00.45 a.m

    Frequency Step

    Metro runs every 3-4 minutes during the peak hour, and every 5-10 minutes the rest of the day.

    Tickets and Fares

    The Charlie Card is a rechargeablecard that offers discounts to official rate.

    Single Ticket with Charlie Card

    For Boston area it is 2$. Free transfers on local buses and discount in express buses transfers. You can travel within two hours from expedition ticket time.

    Single Ticket without Charlie Card

    Cash payment at ticket machines. Same conditions than Single Ticket but price is 2.50$.

    Day Link Pass

    Unlimited travel on Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A, during one day, it costs 11 $

    Week Link Pass

    Unlimited travel on Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A, during one week, it costs 18 $

    Monthly Link Pass

    Unlimited travel during one month on Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A, it costs 70 $


    Children up to 12 travel for frre with an adult. Every adult can travel with two children..


    Pay 1$ for single trip.

    Monthly Pass 28$ (use 7 days a week)

    Monthly Pass 25$ (use 5 days a week)

    Valid on bus, metro, commuter trains zone 1, 1A,2 and express bus.

    Seniors and Handicapped Citizens

    Senior or handicapped citizens have a 50% discount on tariff, i.e: 1$ single ticket, 0.50$ in local buses, or 28$ the monthly pass.To enjoy this benefitss you need the Senior Charlie Card, available at any Charlie Store.

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    Massport Shuttle Route 66 is a complimentary shuttle service To/From Logan Airport Ferry Terminal And Airline Terminals.

    The MBTA offers Blue Line Subway services and Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service to and from Downtown Boston. Fare is 2.50$ and it takes 30-40 minutes to/from 40 city center

Boston The T map

  • Also Known As: The T
  • Passengers/Day 1100000
  • Fares: gates, smartcard
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes
  • Walk between platforms: No
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: No
  • Operator: MBTA
  • 1100000
  • Boston Metro Official Website
  • Tlf: +1 617 222 3200
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Metro map of Boston

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