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 2 (3/15/2021)

As of March 2021, MBTA has implemented significant reductions in service as a result of a budget gap that has formed as a result of low ridership. The MBTA summarized proposed service reductions and other changes on their Forging Ahead website.

A few key changes for Cambridge since December 2020 are::

  • Bus reductions
    • Suspended indefinitely
      • June 2020: Route 351 Alewife to Burlington Express
      • December 2020: Route 72 Harvard-Aberdeen Avenue via Huron Avenue
      • March 2021: Route 68 on Broadway and Route 79 Alewife to Arlington Heights
    • Hours of service
      • Route 67: Changed to provide service during AM and PM peak hours only
      • Route 85: Suspended service between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM - Early morning, peak hours, and evening service available
    • Combined routes:
      • Route 62/76 - Alewife to Bedford - Changes to route in Lexington/Bedford
      • Route 78/84 - Harvard to Arlmont - No Alewife service
    • Reduced frequencies
      • August 2020 for the following routes: 91, CT2
      • December 2020 for the following routes: 71, 73, 96
      • March 2021 for the following routes: 47, 71, 73, 77, 96
    • Adjusted frequencies to manage crowding
      • March 2021 for the following routes: 1, 70, 80

  • Ferry reductions in January 2021
    • Suspend Charlestown Ferry and Hingham direct Ferry
    • Reduce trips for Hingham-Hull-Boston Ferry weekdays

  • Subway reductions in March 2021
    • Reduce frequency of trains by 20% for Red, Green, Orange Lines
      • Red Line rush hour trains to come every 5 to 6 minutes
      • Red Line off-peak trains to come every 8 to 9 minutes
      • Green Line rush hour trains, after GLX opens, to come every 9 to 10 minutes
      • Green Line off-peak trains, after GLX opens, to come every 13 minutes
    • Reduce frequency of trains by 5% on Blue Line

  • Commuter Rail reductions
    • Suspend weekend service in January 2021
      • Fitchburg/Wachusett, Franklin, Greenbush, Haverhill, Kingstopn/Plymouth, Lowell, Middleboro/Lakeville, and Needham Lines
    • Close stations in January 2021
      • Fitchburg/Wachusett Line: Silver Hill and Hastings stations in Weston
    • Reduce trips in January 2021
      • Fitchburg/Wachusett Line: 6 inbound trips per weekday, 7 outbound trips per weekday
    • Commuter rail service to end earlier
  • THE RIDE changes  
    • As a result of various route changes, some trips may become "premium service" trips instead of ADA-service trips
    • Minimum booking times will change to 40 minutes from 30 minutes

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

MBTA services change as part of COVID-19 Response

In March 2020, the MBTA began to change how it provides public transportation in the region as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19.

As of Sunday, December 27, 2020, MBTA operations are all running in a modified form to allow for physical distancing within stations, at stops, and in vehicles.. Rapid transit and buses are running on regular COVID-19 schedules. The Commuter Rail is running reduced service schedules on weekdays and COVID-19 regular weekend schedules. The Ferry is running a modified COVID-19 schedule.

For more information, please visit the MBTA's website https://www.mbta.com/covid19

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.