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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) maintains a large public transit system in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and uses various methods to name and number their services for the convenience of users. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: www. ...

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Subway

The subway system consists of four trunk lines, all of which meet downtown. Each is assigned a color, as follows: This article describes subways as mass transit lines. ...

The Red Line has two branches, in the south, called by their terminals - Ashmont and Braintree. Additionally, the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line, a streetcar line to Mattapan, is also colored red. Some trains use the letters A, B and C for Ashmont, Braintree and Alewife (the north terminal) respectively. View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is the newest of the MBTA rapid transit lines in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Crimson is a deep red color tinged with blue; however the name is also used for red colors in general. ... A Boston College-bound (B line) Type 8 (Breda) Green Line car at Blandford Street, on the Boston University campus. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Newton, Massachusetts is a suburb west of Boston. ... The Emerald Necklace is a long string of parks in Boston, Massachusetts designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and maintained by the City of Boston and Town of Brookline. ... The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the MBTA. It extends from Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston in the south to Oak Grove in Malden, Massachusetts in the north. ... Washington Street is a street in Boston, Massachusetts and its extension southwest to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. ... A Blue Line train at the recently rebuilt Logan Airport station. ... Categories: Stub | Massachusetts geography | Boston ... Nothing is more closely identified with the City of Revere, Massachusetts than its stretch of sand and water: Revere Beach. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Braintree Station Braintree Station, located at Ivory and Union Streets in Braintree, Massachusetts 42. ... The Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line (or Mattapan-Ashmont Line, or just the M Line) is considered part of the MBTAs Red Line, even though it uses different equipment (trolleys) and passengers have to change at Ashmont. ... a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... Mattapan is at the end of the red line running a PCC trolly system. ...


The Green Line is a streetcar/light rail system with four branches to the west, labeled "B" to "E" from north to south. The trains operate underground in the downtown area; outside of downtown, all but the "D" branch run along city streets, with frequent grade crossings at intersections. Rollsigns and newer electronic signs use the following labels: a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... This article needs cleanup. ... A rollsign on the MBTA Red Line in Boston. ...

  • B Boston College via Commonwealth Avenue
  • C Cleveland Circle via Beacon Street
  • D Riverside via Highland Branch
  • E Heath Street via Huntington Avenue

History

Until 1965, the lines were called by their names: 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ...

  • The Red Line was the Cambridge-Dorchester Tunnel (the branch to Braintree didn't exist yet). The Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line was simply called that.
  • The Green Line was five streetcar lines feeding into the Tremont Street Subway, named by their western terminals or the streets they ran along.
  • The Orange Line was the Main Line Elevated or Forest Hills-Everett Elevated.
  • The Blue Line was the East Boston Tunnel and Revere Extension.

They were also known by various numbers, used only on maps (see below for more details), as part of an integrated system of rapid transit, streetcars and buses: The Tremont Street subway in Boston is the oldest subway in North America. ... Metro and Subway redirect here. ... a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... TheBus, established by Mayor Frank Fasi, is Honolulus only public transit system. ...

  • 1 Harvard-Ashmont (Red Line)
  • 2 Everett-Forest Hills (Orange Line)
  • 3 Bowdoin-Wonderland (Blue Line)
  • 4 Riverside-Lechmere (Green Line "D")
  • 28 Mattapan-Ashmont (Red Line)
  • 39 Arborway-Park Street (Green Line "E")
  • 57 Heath Street-Government Center (Green Line "E" short turns)
  • 61 Cleveland Circle-North Station (Green Line "C")
  • 62 Boston College-Government Center (Green Line "B")
  • 69 Watertown-Park Street (Green Line "A")

On August 26, 1965, the current colors were assigned. In 1967 the letters were assigned, ending the use of map numbers for the remaining rail routes. As cars were interchangeable between the Green Line and Ashmont-Mattapan Line, rollsigns also included the letter "F" for Mattapan service, but this was later changed to "M". [1] Watertown ("A") cars never used these new rollsigns before permanent bustitution in 1969. "X" is used for out-of-service cars. [2] August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A rollsign on the MBTA Red Line in Boston. ... Bustitution is sometimes used to name the practice of replacing train service, whether street railways (light rail or tram/streetcar systems) or full-size railway systems, with a bus service, either on a temporary or permanent basis. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ...


On some later rollsigns, short-turn trips were displayed with a slash through the letter. This use included:

  • D Government Center [3]
  • E Heath Street [4]
  • E Brigham Circle [5]

Many rollsigns only use the letters for outbound trips, with no letters next to downtown destinations. When the letters were first applied, the inbound destinations all used letters: [6]


The Red Line branches were initially assigned letters in 1968 - "A" for Quincy/South Braintree and "C" for Ashmont. At the time, a branch to Brockton was being planned, that might have gotten the letter "B". These letters were never used much, and never appeared on maps, and newer rollsigns omitted them. In 1994 the current letter coding was assigned with new cars. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Brockton is a city located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... A rollsign on the MBTA Red Line in Boston. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Buses and streetcars

Bus routes are assigned numbers, which are displayed on maps and buses. Generally, the numbers increase from South Boston clockwise to East Boston. Numbers above 202 are used by outlying routes, assigned by region as follows: TheBus, established by Mayor Frank Fasi, is Honolulus only public transit system. ... South Boston is a heavily populated neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, located south of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay. ... East Boston is a gritty blue-collar neighborhood that is separated from the rest of the city of Boston by Boston Harbor and bordered by Winthrop, Revere, and the Chelsea Creek. ...

  • 210-299 run in the Quincy area.
  • 300-399 run in the northwest suburbs.
  • 400-499 run in the Lynn area.
  • 500-599 run express via the Mass Pike to Newton.
  • Numbers from 600-699 and 700-799 are assigned to special MBTA services, but are not publicly used. Most temporary rail replacement buses are numbered in the 600 series (for example, the Green Line Bus Shuttle is 602.2), and supplemental services get 700-series numbers.

The Silver Line Phase I (Washington Street) has no public number, but is internally the 749, as it replaced the 49. The branches of Phase II (South Boston Waterfront) are assigned labels SL1 to SL4, from north to south. Shuttles running only to Silver Line Way are not labeled. Internally, the shuttle is 746, and the branches are 746.1, 746.2 and so on (though not assigned in the same order). Quincy is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts and bears the nickname The City of Presidents. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 88,025. ... Lynn is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts Turnpike logo. ... Newton, Massachusetts is a suburb west of Boston. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ...


The three crosstown routes are publicly assigned CT1 to CT3. Internally, they too are given 700-series numbers, based on a parallel route. The CT1 mostly runs the same route as the 1, so it is the 701. Part of the CT2 parallels the 47, so that part is the 747, and a more recent extension is the 748 (always through-routed). The CT3, paralleling the 8, is the 708, and the former extension was the 709. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates three crosstown bus routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, CT1, CT2 and CT3, intended as limited-stop buses connecting major points. ...


Night Owl buses that replace rail are assigned in the 700 series as well (with a suffix of N). Night Owl buses that replace other buses are simply given the normal bus number with N.


Additionally, several private bus companies are subsidized by the MBTA. Some of those are assigned numbers from 710 to 716.


History

The 1911 numbering system - this route went along the east side of Franklin Park and ended at Dudley with a transfer to the Washington Street Elevated
The 1911 numbering system - this route went along the east side of Franklin Park and ended at Dudley with a transfer to the Washington Street Elevated

The first numbers used were implemented with Hunter sign boxes, approximately from 1911 to 1917. Numbers were three digits, with the first referring to the division. In 1918, the network was majorly reorganized, andnumbers were no longer used. However, from then until 1967, a similar four-digit system was used internally. Image File history File links A 1911 photo of a streetcar in Boston, from [1]. File links The following pages link to this file: MBTA nomenclature ... Image File history File links A 1911 photo of a streetcar in Boston, from [1]. File links The following pages link to this file: MBTA nomenclature ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... Former elevated configuration (Orange Line in red, streetcar loops in blue) Looking north at the northbound platforms, with the streetcar loops on each side Dudley is a ground-level bus depot in Dudley Square, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, served by local buses of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and their... ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Numbers resembling the current system were first assigned on the 1936 map. However, until the 1942 edition, the numbers changed with each new printing as routes were added and removed. In addition, these routes were only used on the map, not even on schedules. From 1942 on, the numbers generally remained the same, with a minor renumbering in 1967 prior to implementing the numbers on rollsigns and schedules. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A rollsign on the MBTA Red Line in Boston. ...


As the MBTA began to take over suburban bus systems, it assigned them numbers in higher ranges.


The Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway's buses were taken over on March 30, 1968, and numbers were assigned as follows: The Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway (Eastern Mass) was a streetcar and later bus company in eastern Massachusetts, serving most suburbs of Boston. ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...

  • Lowell area routes were numbered from 201 to 216. 215 was truncated to lie within the Boston area and was renumbered 136 in March 1969. The rest were either discontinued or renumbered in the 700 series in March 1970, being operated under contract for Lowell. Several of these have since been truncated and renumbered in the 300 series in the 1980s.
  • Lawrence area routes were numbered from 301 to 318. 318 became 137 in March 1969, as it was transferred to the Boston division. All other routes were removed by late 1968.
  • Lynn area routes were numbered from 401 to 451. Some in the Melrose area were renumbered from 131 to 135 when they were moved to existing MBTA garages in March 1969. In early 1970 the rest were renumbered to different 400-series numbers.
  • Quincy area routes were assigned numbers from 501 to 524. In June 1970, they were renumbered from 210 to 279, with a completely changed order.
  • Brockton area routes were given numbers from 600 to 617. 616 became the 34E, an extension of the 34, in December 1968, when it was shifted to the Arborway Garage. Several others became Quincy-area routes and were given 200-series numbers in June 1970. The rest were discontinued in 1968 and December 1969.

The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway buses were subsidized by the MBTA in September 1964, and they were assigned numbers from 20 to 36 (extended to 39 in November 1967, on the takeover of routes from Transit Bus Lines), duplicating existing MBTA numbers. The MBTA took over the M&B on June 30, 1972, and added a 5 in front. The routes were given unused numbers from 52 to 76 in September 1982, and in 1996 the ones operating express to downtown Boston via the Mass Pike were again assigned a 5 in front. Ruins of abandoned mill along the Merrimack River in downtown Lowell Lowell is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... Lawrence is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts on the Merrimack River. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Lynn is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Melrose is a city located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area and Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Quincy is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts and bears the nickname The City of Presidents. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 88,025. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with a length of 30 days The month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Brockton is a city located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with a length of 30 days The month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (M&B) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining, and the last day of June. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Massachusetts Turnpike logo. ...

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (official site)
Red Line Alewife - Ashmont / Braintree ---- Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line: Ashmont - Mattapan
Green Line Lechmere - Boston College ("B") / Cleveland Circle ("C") / Riverside ("D") / Heath Street ("E") ---- Watertown ("A")
Orange Line Oak Grove - Forest Hills ---- Charlestown Elevated - Atlantic Avenue Elevated - Washington Street Elevated
Blue Line Wonderland - Bowdoin
Buses Silver Line: Dudley Square - Downtown Crossing; South Station - various points ---- List - Crosstown buses - Former streetcars - Trackless trolleys - Key routes - East Boston area - South Boston - Urban Ring
Commuter Rail Greenbush - Plymouth/Kingston - Middleborough/Lakeville - New Bedford/Fall River - Fairmount - Attleboro/Stoughton - Franklin - Needham - Framingham/Worcester - Fitchburg - Lowell - Haverhill/Reading - Newburyport/Rockport
Miscellaneous Accessibility - Boat service - Charlie Card - Nomenclature
Predecessors Boston Elevated Railway - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway - Middlesex and Boston Street Railway

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is the newest of the MBTA rapid transit lines in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... T sign and top of glass pyramid from roof-level parking deck of Alewife Station, September 2004 Alewife Station, located at the intersection of Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridgepark Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a local intermodal transportation hub. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Braintree Station Braintree Station, located at Ivory and Union Streets in Braintree, Massachusetts 42. ... The Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line (or Mattapan-Ashmont Line, or just the M Line) is considered part of the MBTAs Red Line, even though it uses different equipment (trolleys) and passengers have to change at Ashmont. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Mattapan is at the end of the red line running a PCC trolly system. ... A Boston College-bound (B line) Type 8 (Breda) Green Line car at Blandford Street, on the Boston University campus. ... The Lechmere stop is the north-eastern terminus of the MBTA Green Line. ... The Boston College stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line B branch. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Cleveland Circle stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line C branch. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Riverside stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line D branch. ... The D Branch, also called the Highland Branch or Riverside Branch, is a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, along which light rail vehicles run. ... The Heath Street stop along South Huntington Avenue is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line E branch. ... The E Branch or Arborway Branch is a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... Watertown, Massachusetts is the termination point of the MBTAs number 71 trackless trolley route and several bus routes. ... The A Branch or Watertown Branch was a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the MBTA. It extends from Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston in the south to Oak Grove in Malden, Massachusetts in the north. ... Oak Grove Station is an MBTA station on the Orange Line, located in the northern part of Malden, Massachusetts near the intersection of Winter Street and Main Street. ... Forest Hills Station is a station on the MBTA Orange Line, located in the southern part of Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts between the intersection of Washington Street and Hyde Park Avenue and the intersection of Center Street and South Street. ... Stations on the Orange Line (previously called the Main Line) before destruction of the Charlestown El were (from south to north): North Station City Square Station Thompson Square Station Sullivan Square Station Everett Station (terminal) ... The Atlantic Avenue Elevated outside South Station Map of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated (at right) and related lines The Atlantic Avenue Elevated was an elevated railway around the east side of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, providing a second route for the Boston Elevated Railways Main Line (now the Orange Line... ... A Blue Line train at the recently rebuilt Logan Airport station. ... Wonderland is the northern terminus of of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a large number of bus lines in the greater Boston area. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ... Looking north at the northbound platforms, with the streetcar loops on each side Dudley Square (originally Dudley Street or Dudley) is a ground-level bus depot in Dudley Square, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, served by local buses of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and their Silver Line bus rapid transit... Downtown Crossing Station of the MBTA, located at the corner of Washington Street and Summer Street and the corner of Chauncey Street and Summer Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Orange Line and the Red Line. ... South Station front entrance. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus division operates the following bus routes, in the U.S., many of which are descendants of streetcar routes of the Boston Elevated Railway or a suburban company. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates three crosstown bus routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, CT1, CT2 and CT3, intended as limited-stop buses connecting major points. ... Lines remaining in 1940 As in many large cities, a large number of streetcar lines once existed in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and its inner suburbs. ... Old and new trackless trolleys at Cambridge Common There are currently four trackless trolley (trolleybus) routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, all run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the Harvard Square area, and all former streetcar lines (the last four not connected to the Tremont Street Subway... In early 2005 the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considered adding 15 key bus routes to its subway maps. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates local buses in East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, connecting to the Blue Line at Maverick or Wood Island. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a number of buses in South Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, most of them connecting to the Red Line at Andrew, Broadway or South Station. ... The Urban Ring is an Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority project to develop a new public transportation route that would provide improved circumferential connections among the MBTAs many lines that project radially from Boston. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... The Fairmount Line or Dorchester Branch is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Except for a short portion in Milton, it lies entirely within Boston, passing through the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Hyde Park. ... The Attleboro/Stoughton Line is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system running southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The main line was originally built by the Boston and Providence Rail Road, and now carries service during the week between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, and weekend service to South... The MBTA Commuter Rail or purple line as it is also know as, has many snaking tendrils. ... The Boston and Albany Railroad ( AAR reporting mark BA) was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Albany, New York. ... The Fitchburg Railroad (AAR reporting mark FBRG) was a railroad across northern Massachusetts, USA, leading to and through the Hoosac Tunnel. ... The Lowell Line running from Boston, Massachusetts to Lowell, Massachusetts, originally the Boston and Lowell Railroad, is the oldest continually operated passenger train line in the western hemisphere. ... As is true for most mass transit systems, much of the Boston subway and commuter rail lines were built before wheelchair access was a requirement. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates commuter boats in the between Long Wharf, Lovejoy Wharf and Rowes Wharf on the downtown Boston waterfront to Hingham, Hull, Quincy and Logan International Airport as well as inner habor ferries between downtown Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard, and South Boston. ... New Easy Way MBTA fare gates, in testing at Aquarium Station The Charlie Card is a contactless, stored value smart card that passengers will carry as part of an automated fare collection system which the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) expects to introduce in 2006. ... By 1925, streetcars were gone from most downtown streets. ... The Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway (Eastern Mass) was a streetcar and later bus company in eastern Massachusetts, serving most suburbs of Boston. ... The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (M&B) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts. ...

References

  • Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district (PDF)
  • rtspcc, More Boston streetcar questions, ne.transportation May 20, 2005
  • rtspcc, Old MBTA streetcar numbering (not the 4-digit internal system), ne.transportation May 24, 2005
  • Scott Moore, MBTA color coding -- how long did public acceptance take?, misc.transport.urban-transit January 1, 1997

 
 

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