So, you're not from Boston, and you need to know how to get around.
Well, I have good news for you! Unlike last year, google actually knows the Bostonian "T". See below for details.
DEFINITION of the T:
The "T" is the bostonian shorthand for the public transit system. It includes the Busses, the Trains, the Trolleys, the Commuter Rail, and the Silver Line (which are busses that pretend they're trains).
INBOUND : Will always be going toward the center of Boston (until it goes past the center of Boston, and then it's not inbound anymore).
OUTBOUND : Will always be going away from the center of Boston. Once a train is outbound, it stays outbound. (same with busses)
RED LINE / ORANGE LINE / GREEN LINE / BLUE LINE: The core trains of the T System. They will always be trains / trolleys, and will generally be your easiest way to go from A to B. The Convention Center is close to the Red, Orange, and Green
lines. It is not close to the Blue line.
T STATION : This is a place that a TRAIN stops. Bus stops can be at T stations, but a normal Bus Stop is not a T STATION. For instance, the BCEC is not a T STATION.
"Take the ##.": This means you are being instructed to take a bus. The busses are numbered, and will be flashing on them their ENDPOINT- that is the easiest way to tell what direction it is going. For instance, the #7 will be going by the convention center all the time. "DOWNTOWN CROSSING" will be Inbound, and be going toward South Station. Anything else that is a 7 is coming back toward the convention center.
CHARLIE TICKET: This is a multiple-use pass that will store value. It will be made out of paper with a magnetic strip. If you pay cash on a bus or the Silver Line, your change will be issued in ticket-form. You can get a 3-day or 7-day pass on this (not noted on their website- the kiosks at T Stations will have it available).
*I am absolutely certain 3-day passes are available. They are advertised at the Government Center T station specifically for tourists, and were available this summer when I had people visiting me*
CHARLIE CARD : This is a hard card, that can store value. It is always the cheapest way to pay. PAX has in the past mailed you one with your badges. From Here
you can order cards from the MBTA, or add value to the card before even getting to Boston.
7-DAY PASSES: These are available on Charlie Tickets. They grant unlimited access to the Red Line, Green Line, Blue Line, Orange Line, Silver Line, and all Bus lines. They can be transfered manually to a Charlie Card at a Kisosk, but there isn't much reason to do so.
WHERE TO BUY PASSES: Normal (7-day or monthly) passes are available at any Kisosk. Kiosks are located in all T Stations- but not at bus stops. T-Passes have a 30-minute cooldown if used at the same station twice- IE using it, then handing it back to someone will not work, but if you walk to a different station (or bus line) and take something else, it will work. (Example: I use my pass to get into Downtown Crossing Station. I realize I forgot something at work, leave the station, and come back in 5 minutes. I try to use my pass, and it denies me since it's within 30 minutes. I walk 5 minutes to Park Street Station and use it there. It will let me on, despite it only being 10 minutes since I last used it- it is a different station, so this is okay.)
MBTA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
. They run the T. That link will let you get maps, schedules, and fair information.
Trip Planning: This link
gives an example trip plan. Google Maps, if you search for directions For two things accessible by the T
, you can click the little train icon between the car and pedestrian, and it will give you times and what you should take.
Finally, the golden rule of Boston: We're not unfriendly, we just tend to be focused. If you ask for help and directions, you will almost always receive it- especially from someone standing there waiting for the Bus / Train anyway.
Boston isn't hard to get around, but it can be very confusing.
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