Transportation

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Cambridge, MA
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$42,050
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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public transportation in Boston is a mixture of things. The T (or MBTA) is the subway/bus system in Boston. It will take you to many places within the metro-Boston area, including the suburbs (where I grew up), thus offering many opportunities to easily explore the many neighborhoods and suburbs in Boston. The cost is a bit steeper than what it used to be, but it's fine, I suppose. You can easily take the T to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) so there's not much need for taxis unless you have a flight at some wee-hour of the night/morning when the T doesn't run. Yes, that is a problem. The T doesn't run very late, so you can't go out at night and stay out very very late if you plan to return home without a taxi. Another thing about the T is that it is notorious for not being on time, especially the Green Line (the subway/trolley line) and the buses.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle system is hopelessly unreliable and inconvenient.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Free shuttles, fairly priced trains and easy access to zip cars.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's better at night than during the day.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 167th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1357th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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Learning the public transportation system is one of the keys to fully enjoying Boston. There are two main options: the subway (called the T) and buses. There are two T stops in and around campus. One is in Kendall Square, and the other is up Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square. Although there are various bus stops around campus, the main ones are at 77 and 84 Mass. Avenue.

Buses tend to run more frequently, but learning which bus goes where can be a pain. Many students will never ride anything other than the 1 and the CT1 buses that go up and down Mass. Avenue. Moreover, buses can often be delayed by traffic at certain times of day. On the other hand, the T is never delayed by traffic. However, there are fewer routes, but the buses tend to be cleaner. If you use public transportation frequently, you should consider buying a bus and/or T pass through MIT. The discount for students is 50 percent. In any case, public transportation will take you anywhere you want to go around Boston, and it's cheap. Although some of the facilities could be nicer, few are disappointed with the system.

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
Take the subway or a cab. A cab ride to the airport costs about $20-$30, depending on traffic.
Did You Know?
MIT runs a third-party GPS system called NextBus, so you can see where each shuttle is at any given time. Check out www.nextbus.com.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

SafeRide and Tech Shuttle

These are MIT Facilities-run shuttles that allow students to get to the main campus faster and safer. There are several routes, including those going into Boston for the Fraternities, Sororities, and other Independent Living Groups.

MBTA Subway and Bus

Public TransitWhat's This?

Subway

$22 per month

Bus

$12 per month

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

The airport is approximately 20 minutes driving time from MIT.

(617) 567-7844

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan Bus Lines South Station Bus Terminal

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

800-343-9999

www.peterpanbus.com

Greyhound South Station Bus Terminal

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

800-229-9424 or (617) 526-1801

www.greyhound.com

Bonanza Bus Lines South Station Bus Terminal

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

888-751-8800 or (617) 720-4110

www.bonanzabus.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Back Bay Station

145 Dartmouth St., Boston

1-800-USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 67% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% You can't have a car here.
  • 67% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 26% 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 23 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 23 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 23 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 19% Fairly easy.
  • 81% Very easy.
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