Transit in Cambridge

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You can find plentiful public transportation options -- subway, buses, commuter rail, shuttles, and bike share-- in much of Cambridge. As a result, many Cambridge residents, workers, visitors, and students choose to get around on public transit, walking and biking. Given changes going on in Cambridge like more jobs, smaller families, more single people -- public transit can play an even more critical role for people getting around Cambridge and greater Boston.

To guide how Cambridge improves public transit the City established a Transit Advisory Committee in 2013 and released a Transit Strategic Plan in 2015. Click to view the plan in high resolution / low resolution. To find information on how to get around in Cambridge using transit, please visit the Getting Around Cambridge by Transit page.

Recent updates

MBTA service reductions in 2020 and 2021 - Update 4 (6/21/2021)

As of June 2021, MBTA has begun restoring services on the rapid transit, bus, commuter rail, and commuter ferry network. Some services remain suspended or with significantly reduced schedules, as a result of MBTA staffing issues. Click here to visit MBTA Summer service changes webpage.

A summary of current status of bus, subway, commuter rail, and ferry routes can be found below.

Bus services

  • Routes that remain suspended indefinitely
    • Route 72 Harvard-Aberdeen Avenue via Huron Avenue
    • Route 79 Alewife to Arlington Heights
    • Route 351 Alewife to Burlington Express

  • Routes that are combined with other routes
    • Route 62/76 - Alewife to Bedford - Changes to route in Lexington/Bedford
    • Route 78/84 - Harvard to Arlmont - Route 84 to Alewife is suspended

  • Routes with significant schedule changes
    • Route 67: Changed to operate only during AM and PM peak hours
    • Route 85: Suspended service between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM - Early morning, peak hours, and evening service available

  • Routes with reduced AM and PM peak-hour frequencies
    • Route 47: Central-Broadway via LMA
    • Route 96: Harvard-Medford Square via Winthrop St

  • Routes that have been restored
    • Route 64: Kendall-Central-Oak Square, Brighton
    • Route 68: Harvard-Kendall
    • Route 71: Harvard-Watertown Square
    • Route 73: Harvard-Waverly Square
    • Route 77: Harvard-Arlington Heights
    • Route 91: Central-Sullivan via Inman/Union
    • Route CT2: Ruggles-Sullivan via Kendall Square

  • Routes with more frequencies on weekdays than before the pandemic
    • Route 1: Harvard-Nubian via Mass Ave
    • Route 66: Harvard-Nubian via Brookline Center
    • Route 70: Central-Waltham via Watertown Square
    • Route 80: Lechmere-Arlington Center via Magoun Square
    • Route 86: Sullivan-Reservoir via Harvard
    • Route 350: Alewife-Burlington via Arlington

  • No major changes as a result of pandemic
    • Route 74: Harvard-Belmont Center via Concord Ave
    • Route 75: Harvard-Belmont Center via Huron Ave
    • Route 78: Harvard-Arlmont via Concord Ave
    • Route 83: Central-Rindge Ave via Park Ave
    • Route 87: Lechmere-Arlington Center via Somerville Ave
    • Route 88: Lechmere-Clarendon Hill via Highland Ave
Ferry - Restored in May 2021
  • Charlestown Ferry
  • Hingham/Hull Ferry
  • Hingham Direct Ferry

Subway - Restored in June 2021

Commuter Rail service changes in April and July 2021

  • Weekday service is generally hourly on most lines
    • Fitchburg/Wachusett Line: 17 inbound trips per weekday, 17 outbound trips per weekday
  • Schedule at Porter Square station repeat every hour
    • Trips to North Station leave at 46 past the hour: i.e. 9:46 AM, 10:46 AM, ...
    • Trips to Wachusett Station leave at 40 past the hour: i.e. 3:40 PM, 4:40 PM, ...
  • Weekend service to be restored on July 3, 2021
THE RIDE changes
  • Minimum booking times are now 40 minutes
  • Some ride trips are now considered "premium" as a result of the route suspensions or commuter rail station closures.

For more information, please visit the MBTA's website https://www.mbta.com/forging-ahead

Transit initiatives

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

Bus Stop Amenities

Cambridge Initiatives

Regional Initiatives

Additional transit information

Transit Bulletin newsletter

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For more information

For more information, contact Andrew Reker at areker@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-6959.