MBTA Boston Train/Subway Schedules, Tips & Information
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Tips for T Riders and Navigating the Boston Train System
Inbound is always toward downtown Boston, and Outbound is away from it. In the subway system, Inbound is toward four stations: Park Street, State, Downtown Crossing and Government Center. (Within those four stations, Inbound and Outbound are not used.)
MBTA Information Booth
The MBTA Information Booth is located at Park Street (on the Green Line Westbound platform). Here you will find information about all lines in the Boston train system (The T).
Green Line Tips
Boston's Green Line trains (also called 'streetcars' or 'trolleys') have letters for different branches: B-Boston College; C-Cleveland Circle; D-Riverside; E-Heath Street.
- All trains stop at Government Center, Park Street, Boylston, Arlington, and Copley.
- All trains except E also stop at Hynes Convention Center/ICA and Kenmore. Only E trains stop at Prudential and Symphony.
- On the eastern end, only D and E trains go past Government Center to Haymarket, North Station, Science Park and Lechmere.
- A red line through the letter on a sign means that the train goes only part way on that branch (for example, a D-line car only going as far as Reservoir).
- There is no free transfer between inbound and outbound at Copley. Use Arlington instead.
Blue Line Tips
Bowdoin on the Blue Line closes at 6:30PM Monday through Friday and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Red Line Tips
Most Boston Red Line trains stop at all stations between Alewife and Andrew, including Harvard and Park Street. During rush hours, some trains may terminate at Park Street. The last transfer point between the two Red Line branches (Braintree and Ashmont) is at JFK/UMass.
Orange Line Tips
Finally, a rainy-day tip for the Orange Line. Follow the underground walkway from Back Bay Station, via the Dartmouth Street underpass, through the Copley Place shopping area, across the Huntington Avenue bridge, and then through the Prudential Center to Boylston Street.
- Before boarding, know your bus! The destination sign above the windshield show the bus' route number and destination. At some stops, all buses on a route stop to pick up passengers, no matter which direction they're going. Be sure to board the right bus by checking the destination sign or asking the operator.
- Most local routes are 90¢. The fareboxes accept passes, cash or tokens. Please avoid using dollar bills if at all possible.
- All buses are pay-as-you-board, except routes 71, 72 and 73 when heading Outbound. Pay when leaving these routes.
- Need to ride on more than one route? Ask for a transfer while paying your fare. It can get you on another local route for free. See the transfers page for more details.
- You can make service move faster for everyone if you exit at the rear of the bus instead of the front.
About the T
When you take the T, you are taking a ride through history. As the first Public Transit System in the country, the MBTA's Boston train system has a proven track record of providing safe, efficient and reliable transportation to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 100 years.
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