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.
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.