Transportation

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Transportation: easy to get around campus and cheaper if you have a charlie card

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You're in Boston so transportation is not a problem. You have the BU shuttle running throughout the campus as as the T (train). Plus its not hard to get a cab to and from campus and splitting it with a friend.

5 College Student

Transportation: Public transportation as well as the university's shuttle, zip cars, and ubers, are greatly accessible.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's a city so the T is great

2 College Freshman

Transportation: BU BUS is the worst thing in the world. Rarely operates on schedule and they usually have only 2-3 buses running midday. I've seen all of the buses at the same area too.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 97th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1384th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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Most students agree that the T is extremely simple—it runs in color-coordinated lines around and outside of the city—and relatively inexpensive to ride—it costs a couple dollars and is even cheaper if you use a Charlie Card. Almost everything is a quick T ride away, and the campus is located along the Green B Line. The T runs like a trolley across BU campus and can therefore get really crowded on school days—there will be days when it feels like it’s 10 degrees below zero, you are late for a midterm, and three different Ts drive by before you are able to squeeze in—but it is usually the best mode of transportation to and from class. The T stops running at 12:30 a.m., which is far from convenient, but the “Night Owl” buses continue to run until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Reduced price passes are available each semester through BU at the student union. If you move off campus, it is a good idea to look for a place that is advertised as T-accessible. There are also free BU shuttles that travel to some of the more remote dorms. On the weekends, BU also offers a late-night shuttle service that runs until 4 a.m. Luckily, in a bind, there are always cabs.

Pedestrians, beware! The drivers in Massachusetts, and especially in Boston, are referred to across the country as “Massholes.” If you should come across an individual of this kind, run the other way. Overall, transportation in Boston is readily accessible and easy-to-use. You definitely do not need a car because it often proves to be more of a hassle than it is worth.

 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
MBTA service: T (operates both above and underground), Bus Lines (follows T lines around the city), MBTA rails (runs between cities around Massachusetts), biking/blading along the river, Taxi Service
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $25.
  • By car: From Commonwealth Avenue, take Storrow Drive East, and take the exit toward 93 N/S. Follow signs to the airport.
  • The bus: MBTA bus routes 448, 459, and CT3 serve Logan Airport.
  • The T: Take the MBTA Blue Line to Airport Station. Free shuttle bus service is provided by MassPort from the Airport Station to all airline terminals.
Did You Know?
  • Most methods of transportation in Boston will accept the Student Advantage Card (you will receive information about it when you arrive on campus, or during orientation). The SA card allows a 15% student discount at Amtrak and Greyhound locations.
  • During the beginning of the war on terror, Boston was rated the second worst place to be in the country in case of an emergency.
  • The "Big Dig," Boston's enormous construction project, which was originally projected to last for approximately four years, grew to occupy more than10 years of construction on Boston's highway system, finishing around the fall of 2007.
  • When there is traffic, you could potentially be stuck at a standstill for hours before getting out of the city.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Escort Service

During the fall and spring semesters

Monday to Thursday - 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Friday to Sunday 8 p.m.-3 a.m

T Service on Green Line

This line runs above ground after Kenmore Station, all the way through the center of campus. The T is a couple dollars for travel but you get a discount if you use the Charlie Card, which works sort of like a debit card. Call the MBTA for more information at (617) 222-5000.

(617) 222-5000

Bus Service

Bus service on the 57 Line runs along Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore, all the way out to Newton (this is the best mode of travel for most students who tend to live along or off Brighton Avenue.

Crystal Shuttle

The BU Crystal Shuttle runs back and forth from east to west campus all day. There is also the shuttle service to the dorms that are located off the main campus and to the BU Medical Campus.

(617) 353-2169

Public TransitWhat's This?

MBTA

MBTA provides most of the public transportation in the Boston area. For more information concerning MBTA service, and other methods of travel, visit their Web site at http://www.mbta.com

(617) 222-5000

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

airport is approximately 20 minutes driving time from BU

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound South Station

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is in downtown Boston, approximately seven miles from campus

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

135 Causeway St. at Canal Street, Boston

1-800-USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Amtrak South Station

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

1-800-USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Amtrak

145 Dartmouth St., Boston

1-800-USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Amtrak

University Avenue and Route 128, Westwood

1-800-USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 116 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 15% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 33% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 50% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 3% You can't have a car here.
  • 67% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 30% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 108 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 108 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 108 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 115 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 35% Fairly easy.
  • 65% Very easy.
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