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Transportation | Public Transit

Public transportation in Massachusetts provides a wide range of benefits, including saving oil, reducing congestion, and is an important economic asset for the Commonwealth.

The Greater Boston area of Massachusetts is served by The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The MBTA’s mission is to move passengers quickly from Point A to Point B; as a result of the years of development the MBTA remains the nation’s 5th largest mass transit system. It serves a population of 4,667,555 (2000 census) in 175 cities and towns with an area of 3,244 square miles. The average weekday ridership for the entire system is approximately 1.1 million passenger trips, and this includes:

  • 183 bus routes, 2 of which are Bus Rapid Transit lines
  • 3 rapid transit lines
  • 5 streetcar (Central Subway/Green Line) routes
  • 4 trackless trolley lines
  • 13 commuter rail routes

Even with centuries of development, public transportation innovation is still alive and well in Massachusetts. The new Silver Line offers direct public transportation to and from Logan Airport. There are also opportunities for passengers to commute into the city via the T Harbor Express – high-speed ferries connecting Quincy, Hull, Boston, and Logan Airport. Ferries run on a frequent schedule, year round, offering early morning, mid-day, and late night service. MBTA maps and information can be located at www.mbta.com.

Throughout the rest of the state there are many different regional transportation authorities which provide public transportation for specific regions. In Worcester, workers and vistors can partake of the Worcester Regional Trasit Authority; Springfield has the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Wherever you are in Massachusetts, public transportation is available and nearby. For more information contact theMassachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).