Transportation

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
1,647
Tuition
$34,350
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is so accessible and there's absolutely no need for a car on campus.

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College Freshman

Transportation: There is no transportation for the school

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I live 45 minutes away by train, so I've never had any complaints. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs on-time and smoothly.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Simmons College is centrally located, making the distance to the T and bus stops very short.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is very good in the Boston area. Whether you need to take the T, which is the subway, or a taxi, it can be very affordable. Simmons in general has public safety that no matter the location or the time, they will pick you up and bring you back to campus. This definitely makes things easier to deal with and there really is no need for other forms of campus transportation because there already is affordable transportation through the T which runs throughout the entire city. There is a t-stop that is very close to the residence campus (2 minute walk) and there is another t-stop that is really close to the academic campus (4-5 min walk).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 69th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1244th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1342nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Hometown
Florence, AL
Major
Political Science/International Relations
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Like its urban peers, Boston is equipped with bus lines and an underground subway system. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) crisscrosses the Boston area. The subway system—the T—connects the Red, Blue, Orange, Green, and Silver lines. The colors of the system lines are identifiable by key landmarks—for example, the Green line is named for the green of Fenway Park. Much to the disadvantage of busy students, the Green line is the most unreliable of the lines, and it is also more expensive than the other lines. Subway passes are offered at a discounted rate for students at the beginning of each semester, which helps cut back on the fare. It is easy to get an understanding of the system, even for students from areas without subways of their own.

Unfortunately, the subway system runs on a restricted schedule, and after 1 a.m., taxis become the only mode of transportation for students out for a late night. Simmons does provide taxi vouchers for students with disabilities or a broken leg. Above-ground bus lines fill in the gaps that the T does not service, but because Boston is a walkable city, it is sometimes faster to walk up the block than take the T or to bring a bicycle. During the Boston winters, the commute to the Academic Campus becomes generally difficult and frustrating. Do not be alarmed if you see Bostonians skiing up the street.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The T
  • Taxi
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20 to $30. All fares leaving Logan are charged a $1.50 airport fee.
  • The MBTA subway and buses are the easiest means of transportation to Logan. A free shuttle moves between the T and the airport terminals, and runs from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. Further transportation options are the taxis, airport water shuttles which move between Rowes Wharf and Logan. City water taxis connect the airport with Boston Harbor. The harbor express connects the South Shore and Logan via Long Wharf.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)

The T schedules routes for local buses, subway trains, and commuter rail trains. Check schedules at www.mbta.com or at the campus activities box office

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

Logan International Airport is about 6.5 miles and 15 minutes driving time from Simmons.

(800) 23-LOGAN

www.massport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound South Station Transit Center

The Greyhound bus terminal is located in South Station Transit Center just several stops off the green line.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 526-1801

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak South Station Transit Center

Amtrak trains stop at the Back Bay Station, South Station, and North Station, which are all just a subway trip away from both the Residence and main campus.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(800) USA-RAIL

www.amtrack.com

Amtrak North Station/Fleet Center

135 Causeway St.

(800) USA-RAIL

Amtrak

Back Bay, 145 Dartmouth St.

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% You can't have a car here.
  • 53% 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.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 19 responses

  • 79% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 16% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 18 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 17 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 22% Fairly easy.
  • 78% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

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