The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority or MBTA operates the various types of transit systems like rapid transit, light rail, commuter rail, bus, trolleybus, ferryboat in greater Boston, Massachusetts. The system began the rapid transit operations in 1901. It presently has 5 rapid transit lines that serve 51 stations. The subway network has a total system length of 61 kilometers (38 miles).
MBTA Subway Map
Map of MBTA Subway System in Boston shows various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it. You may also Download MBTA Subway Map in PDF.
MBTA Subway Hours
The metro service starts operations around 5:15 am and runs until around 2:45 am on weekdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, the service starts a little late at around 6:00 am and runs until 12:30-1:00 am.
MBTA Subway Fares
The passengers can travel anywhere on the subway system, in any direction for the same fare. A CharlieCard costs $2.00 and provides free transfer to local bus and discounted transfer to Express Bus. One transfer is valid within two hours after paying the fare. When purchased on board, a Charlie Ticket / Cash on board costs $2.50.
Passengers can also purchase monthly pass called as Monthly LinkPass for a price of $70. This pass is valid for subway and local buses. Day and weekly passes are also available. A one day pass can be purchased for $11.00, while a Weekly or 7-day pass costs $18.00. These passes are valid on subway, local bus and commuter rail zone.
MBTA also provides discounts for senior citizens and people with disabilities. They are charged $1.00 per ride and a monthly pass for them is priced at $28.00. These rates are valid for subway and local bus. The card meant for this purpose is a Senior / TAP ID card. Blind persons can ride the subway and bus for free. A Blind Access card is available for this purpose.
Students of Junior High and High School are also entitled to discounts on the subway, express bus, bus, and commuter rail zone 1, 1A, and 2, with a Student ID badge. The students are charged $1.00 per ride, $28/month for 7-day validity and $25/month for 5-day validity (Monday-Friday).
Children 11years of age and below can travel on the MBTA subway for free, when accompanied by an adult. The limit is two children per adult.
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MBTA Subway Parking
MBTA offer park and ride facilities outside most stations. The parking space fills up during rush hours and passengers must pay a daily parking fees of $2 to use this service.
MBTA Subway Rules and Tips
Bikes are allowed on the Blue line on weekdays, but not during the peak times between 7-9 am and 4-6 pm. These are permitted on orange and red lines, but not between 7-10 am and 4-7 pm. On silver line, bikes are permitted if a bike rack is available. Bikes are however not allowed on the green line on all days. On weekends, bikes are allowed on the rest of the subway lines. Folding bikes are allowed on all times. Transit of small pets is allowed on the subway provided they are leashed or carried in small carriers. MBTA also provides parking facilities at majority of the stations. The daily parking fares range from $4-$7 per day. Permits are available for monthly parking. Some facilities also provide overnight parking at special overnight charges.
MBTA Subway Lines
The subway system has three transit lines i.e. red, orange and blue lines. The two light rail lines are green lines and Ashmont Mattapan High speed lines. The subway system operates between central Boston and surrounding area. All the four colored lines meet at square configuration. The colors of MBTA lines were assigned in 1965, and the design was developed by Cambridge Seven Associates.
- Blue line – The blue line of MBTA operates from north east to the south west. This line was opened in 1924. The transit system operates between Wonderland station and Bowdoin station in Boston. The blue line meets with the green line at the government center and it also connects with the orange line at State Street providing service to the airport station. The line has 12 stations and serves about 66,933 passengers on its route daily.
- Green line – The green line run by the MBTA in Boston is the oldest subway line that runs underground with four branches. It is the most heavily used lines in the MBTA subway system and the line was assigned with green color in 1967. The line operates through an area called Emerald Necklace of Boston. Green line offers services to four different branches B, C, D and E. The B branch operates between Government Center and Boston College serves 25 stations. The C branch serves between the North station and Cleveland Circle serves 22 stations. The D branch serves between Government Center and Riverside serving 20 stations. The E branch serves between Lechmere and Health Street serving 20 stations.
- Orange line – The orange line operates between Forest Hills and Oak Grove in northern Massachusetts. Orange line meets red, blue and green line at different stations. The line serves 19 stations.
- Red line – The red line operates from North West to South West between Alewife Station towards South Boston and the line further splits into two branches, Ashmont and Braintree.