Modes of Transportation

Boston offers a variety of transportation modes for residents and visitors alike to navigate in and around the City.

Walking

Chances are you’ve heard Boston referred to as “the walking city.”  The City of Boston works hard to live up to this title. Our Public Works and Transportation Departments are constantly marking crosswalks, performing regular maintenance of traffic signals and pedestrian pushbuttons, and using innovative pedestrian safety signs at busy locations such as downtown Boston. Schools, parks, playgrounds, elderly complexes, and public libraries are also a top priority for these new safety improvements.

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    Freedom Trail is Nation's first historic walking tour

    The Freedom Trail takes visitors on a tour of 16 important historical sites and immerses them in colonial history and events.

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    Walk Boston helping improve walking conditions in Boston

    Local non-profit organization that offers great maps and walking routes of the City's various neighborhoods. 

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Driving

Boston has developed a reputation for having savvy drivers who are able to navigate the city’s historic cobblestone streets with ease.  Many of Boston’s streets were once horse-cart paths and today present a challenge for drivers in those ubiquitous SUV’s.  Parking can be difficult but with services such as vanpools and car-sharing companies, it is possible to navigate the city capably.

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    ABC's Transportation Management Assocation

    ABC's TMA works to manage and improve employee transportation issues.  They also offer support and information on employee vanpool programs.

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    Car Sharing in Boston

    The City of Boston has partnered with local company Zipcar to promote car-sharing in an effort to reduce congestion and promote sustainable transportation alternatives. Zipcar is a Mayor's Green Award Winner.  

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Bicycling

Boston Bikes is part of our vision for a vibrant and healthy city. The program seeks to make Boston a world-class biking city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Boston Bikes is focused on five planning areas: engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement, and evaluation.

Subway / Bus / Commuter Rail

Thousands of residents and visitors use the extensive MBTA system of trains and buses to get in and around Boston. Over 300,000 people commute into Boston daily for work. Public transportation via bus, subway, and commuter train serves as a vital link between Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods and the greater Metro-Boston area.

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    MBTA offers riders a variety of options

    The MBTA can help get you from Point A to Point B using subway, train, and bus lines. They also have a trip planner tool and special alert system to let riders know about service interruptions.

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    MBTA Trip Planner »

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    MBTA and MassDOT promote mobile phone applications

    The MBTA and MassDOT have partnered to offer mobile application developers access to real-time transit data for some of the MBTA bus routes.  A variety of helpful mobile applications have been created to help transit users with their commutes.

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Amtrak / Coach Buses

Amtrak and coach bus services provide alternative modes of transportation for traveling longer distances in and out of Boston. Amtrak runs trains out of Boston's North Station, South Station, and Back Bay Station, while Greyhound, Peter Pan, BoltBus, Megabus and Plymouth and Brockton companies run buses out of Boston's South Station to destinations across the U.S.

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    Amtrak

    Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional lines connect Boston to major U.S. cities including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., along with various smaller cities and suburbs along the way. To get north of Boston, passengers use the Downeaster line to travel to and from Portland. There is also the Lake Shore Limited route to provide access to Albany and Chicago.

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    Coach Buses

    Coach buses bring thousands of people to and from Boston's South Station each day. Visit South Station's website for information on stations, schedules and fares.

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Taxi

Boston’s taxis are regulated by the Boston Police Department’s Hackney Carriage Unit.  Under the authority of the Acts of 1930, the Police Commissioner appoints a unit commanded by a BPD Superior Officer to regulate the taxi industry.  The Hackney Unit is the oldest specialized unit in the Police Department and is in charge of setting standards and licensing the taxi companies operating in the City of Boston.  The Department has been working to promote greener, fuel-efficient taxis through the Clean Air Cab program, providing online services to improve customer experience, and implementing the use of credit fare readers.

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    Information for Users

    The Boston Police Department has compiled a range of resources to help improve taxi service in the city.  Learn more about licensed cab companies, pedi-cabs, and lost property forms.

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Boat

Boston's Harbor helps connect residents and visitors to neighborhoods such as Charlestown and East Boston via water taxis. The Harbor is always buzzing with a variety of sea-faring vessels ferrying passengers to and from locations along the water. It is a great way to see the city skyline and some of Boston's famous buildings.

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    Beat the Traffic and Enjoy the Ride

    The MBTA offers Inner Harbor and Commuter Ferry service connecting various destinations around Boston Harbor.  Check out this fun alternative to cars or trains for your daily commute.

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