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Massachussetts, USA

Date of opening1 Sep 1897
Network length67.7 km (42.08 mi)
Stations67 (61*)
Lines4        Line history
Stations per line16.75
Avg. station distance1,075 m (0.67 mi)
Avg. line length16.93 km (10.52 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 28 Aug 2016
Red tram not included. Green subway section included
System typeMetro, known as The T
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)403,000 (as of 2010)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)5,950 (3,700)
Fare collectionGates, smartcard
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, overhead wire (Green Line), 600 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010

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Upcoming Openings

 2017 – Green Line extension via Lechmere and Union Square to Washington St. 3 stations.
 2019 – Green Line extension to Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square, and College Avenue 3 stations.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Though the overall appearance of America's first subway is not that great, they started to include works of art in stations in 1967 and continue to do so with new stations. Murals, sculptures and other types of artworks have been acquired through donations and art competitions [].

Photo [Madhava Enros,]: Ornate wrought-iron entrance structure built in 1917 at Copley station.

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Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

On the Red Line you get a good view over the Charles River on the Longfellow Bridge between Charles/MGH and Kendall.

Metro Museum

tram museum Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine. 75 miles north of Boston, this is the world's oldest and largest museum of mass transit vehicles. Among different types of tram vehicles and buses, it hosts a range of historical subway cars from Budapest, Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Staten Island. Since 1939.
Address: 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, Maine, tel. (207) 967-2800. At Saco (Amtrak station, 8 miles from the museum) metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): 10am-5pm every day from first Saturday in May to last Sunday in October. Admission: $10. Features: Train rides, education programs, museum store.
Reference: (official website).

Abandoned Lines

Boston once had an elevated line above city streets - elevated in the suburbs, with two alternative routes (one elevated, one underground) across the central area. This has gradually evolved into the present Orange Line of the subway. The central elevated route closed in 1938 without replacement, while the northern section was replaced by the current section of Orange Line (alongside a main line railroad) in 1975. The southern section was "replaced" in 1987 by a section of Orange Line subway on a somewhat different alignment - so different, in fact, that more recently part of the Silver Line (a conventional bus route, but marketed as if it were a subway line) has been introduced on the streets that the Orange Line once ran above. So, the only original section of line left is the underground section (and even that isn't quite original - elevated trains had to run through streetcar tunnels initially, while this section was finished). The last short section of elevated alignment in the city - actually part of the light rail Green Line - went in 2004. Boston has recently also got rid of an elevated freeway through the city centre, replacing it with road tunnels ("The Big Dig"). A streetcar or tram tunnel has been partly or wholly abandoned.

Relationships with Other Metros

US Boeing LRT family
Members: Boston, San Francisco (MUNI),
Characteristics: Same trains.

Reaching the Beaches

Atlantic Ocean: Revere Beach and Wonderland stations on the Blue Line. Andrew station (underground) with a short walk to Carson Beach. Savin Hill station for Savin Hill and Malibu beaches. North Quincy station for Quincy's Tenean Beach and Wollaston station for Wollaston Beach. Orient Heights station.
Atlantic Ocean: In Boston's MBTA commuter rail, the stations in Rockport, Manchester and Beverly Farms (all on the Rockport Line) are a short walk from beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.

Lines with a View

On the Red Line you get a good view over the Charles River on the Longfellow Bridge between Charles/MGH and Kendall.

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Departure Procedure and Sounds

On older trains, the doors make a "ding ding" or "ding dong" sound. There are new trains with automated announcements on the Red and Green Lines: As a train leaves a station, it says "Next stop, [name]". As the train enters a station, it says "Entering [name]". There is no announcement for closing doors, just "Beep beep". At major transfer points where rail lines cross, after the "Entering" announcement, the train says "Change here for the [name] Line" (such as the Green Line or Red Line, etc.)

Red Line train departing from Harvard station.

Duration: 0:29 

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  Boston photo gallery.

Handpicked Resources Official website

Generic Links for Boston The T

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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