The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is referred as the MBTA, and it is the operator of most public transportation system in Boston, Massachusetts area. The MBTA was formed in 1964, and the transit authority is recognised by its popular logo “T”. MBTA adopted this logo after getting inspired by Stockholm metro. The system serves 1.3 million passengers each day and MBTA makes the fourth busiest subway system in the US. MBTA operates five major kinds of public transport systems: rail trains, subway trains, light rail vehicle, trolley buses and motor buses. It operates a large number of buses in Boston area and serves more than 5000 inhabitants of this area. All their buses have wheel chair ramp, and they also offer audio visual announcement technology to the users. MBTA is indeed of great utility to the people living in Boston, USA.
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.
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
MBTA starts services from 5.00 am runs until midnight. The rush hours are between 6.30 am -9.00 am and 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm. On weekdays the last trip of blue line end by 1.00am and green line ends by 12.50 am. On orange line, the service ends by 12.30 am and on red line, the last trip ends by 12.30 am.
MBTA Subway Fares
The MBTA fare structure offers various types of services. Passengers can pay the fare at station entrances. Charlie card is accepted on both subway and bus system and costs you $2.00 for one transfer. A monthly pass will cost you $70. A 1 day pass will cost you $11.00 and a 7 day pass will cost you $18.00. Children less than 11 years old, and blind people can ride for free. Students, seniors and people with disabilities can get discount on their tickets.
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
Stay alert while waiting for a train in a station. You must avoid talking to strangers in isolated areas. You should not purchase MBTA pass or tokens from people on the street. Folded Bikes are allowed to take on MBTA Non service dogs are allowed to carry during off-peak hours. However during rush hours only small domestic animals are allowed to be carried in containers.