Boston: Greatest Cities for Mass Transportation

Boston: Greatest Cities for Mass Transportation

Known to locals as "The T," the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates most of the city's subway, bus, commuter rail and ferry systems, connecting the city's bustling neighborhoods and college campuses. "No matter what part of the city you are in, you are within easy access to a bus or train, or both," says graduate student Anna Levy.

Unique to Boston's subway and bus system is the Charlie Card, a stored-value card used for paying subway or bus fare. The MBTA offers a discount for using the Charlie Card: Subway fare is $2 without the card and $1.70 with the card, per ride.

Though the MBTA's subway system already has three rapid transit lines -- the Red, Orange and Blue lines, and two light-rail lines -- the Green Line and the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line -- the MBTA plans to add new stations to these lines as well as extend them. "Overall, the transit system connects the different parts of the city, as well as Cambridge, very cohesively," Anna concludes.

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