Transit in Cambridge

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Cambridge is served by a variety of kinds of public transportation, including subway, commuter rail, buses, shuttles, and bicycle share. A large proportion of Cambridge residents and workers already use and rely on public transit, as well as other sustainable, healthy transportation modes like walking and biking. With projected shifts in demographics, as well as predicted housing and economic development in the region, public transit will become even more vital to the region than it is today. To help guide its work on transit projects, the City established a Transit Advisory Committee and, in 2015, released a Transit Strategic Plan (high resolution version / low resolution version).

For information about using transit in Cambridge, please visit the Getting Around Cambridge by Transit page.

Recent Updates

MBTA Better Bus Project

We are working with the MBTA on their Better Bus Project to make buses operate better in Cambridge. For more information, check out the MBTA's project webpage by clicking here.

Mt Auburn Street Bus Priority Pilot

In October 2018, Cambridge, in partnership with Watertown, initiated a pilot project with bus priority improvements for routes 71 and 73 along Mt. Auburn Street, between Belmont Street and Fresh Pond Parkway, and for short segments of Belmont Street in Cambridge and Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown. These are the first dedicated bus lanes in Cambridge. Learn more about the pilot.

Real-Time Bus Arrival Signs Pilot

The City has begun piloting real-time bus arrival signs at four locations around the city powered by solar panels -- two LED displays and two eInk displays. You can find the displays at the following bus stops:

Please let us know your thoughts on these displays by emailing transportation@cambridgema.gov or calling 617/349-4600.

Bus Stop Design

Cambridge's standard for bus stops is to extend the curb from the sidewalk to the edge of the travel lane to have buses stop in the travel lane at the bus stop. This is the standard for most new bus stops that the City is construction. The City and bus operators prefer a curb extension bus stop over "bus bays" where buses must pull into a location against the sidewalk off the travel lane. Problems with "bus bays" include: being blocked by cars, difficult for the bus driver to get both front and rear doors even with the sidewalk, and delays for buses getting back into traffic.

Transit Initiatives

The City is engaged in a number of studies and projects related to transit within Cambridge and the greater region.

Cambridge Initiatives

Regional Initiatives

Additional Regional Transit Information

Transit Bulletin Newsletter

Click here to sign-up for the Transit Bulletin newsletter with Transit Advisory Committee meeting notices, transit news, events, and actions that the public can take to support transit.

For More Information

For more information, contact Tegin Teich at tteich@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4615.