The Boston public transportation system is officially known as the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority or MBTA for short.
Unofficially , it’s known by Bostonians and people who travel there a lot as “The T”.
So, if you happen to be in the city of Boston or in one of its many neighborhoods , look for the signs with the big black letter “T” on it.
There are four main transit lines in the city, the Orange Line, the Green Line, the Blue Line, which takes you to the airport, and the Red Line, which takes you towards Harvard Square .
Word of warning when you take the T.
There’s no Uptown or Downtown , like you’d see in a city like New York.
Instead, you’ll see “Inbound and Outbound”.
Inbound means coming towards the city of Boston , outbound means going away from the city.
You’ll mostly see this if you take the Red Line.
If you get confused, look for the friendly transit ambassadors in the red jackets.
They’re there to take the confusion out of your trip.
The city also has a commuter rail called the Purple Line and a bus and train line known as the Silver Line.
It’s all about the colors when it comes to transportation in the city.
Just as it says, the Silver Line buses and trains are more light greyish in color, which I guess you could describe as “silver”.
Like the other modes of transit in the city, you will see the big black letter T on the side of the buses and the train.
On my way to catch my bus at South Station Bus Terminal , because I was staying so close to Boston Logan Airport , I took the Silver Line train to South Station .
If you arrive in Boston by plane and you want to get to the city quickly , rather than take the shuttle bus to the Blue Line airport station , take the Silver Line to South Station where you can catch the Red Line trains.
From there , connections to the Green, Red, and Orange Lines are easier to get to than if you took the Blue Line.
For one thing, from the airport , the Silver Line is free .
That’s right, you pay nothing until you get to the South Station Red Line stop.
The Silver Line makes stops at Terminals C and E, which are the two terminals that most of the flights come leave ftom.
As the train leaves from the airport , expect the train to be very crowded .
The ride is comfortable and smooth as it leaves the airport terminal and begins the journey into the city.
You’ll be seeing areas of the city that you wouldn’t otherwise see.
If you happen to get on the train in the South Boston neighborhood of the city, be ready to pay the normal fare of $2.75.
It’s not free anymore, only from the airport .
While you might not want to take public transportation to get to Boston Logan , taking the Silver Line is the cheapest option to getting there, and you won’t have to worry about traffic.