The subway, or “T” as it’s called in Boston, can be tricky to navigate. Luckily I’m here with insider hacks to help the transportationally challenged.
The Orange Line
It’s best to avoid the Orange Line between 4:30pm and always. A very popular train amongst all walks of life, the quarters are cramped, the smells are diverse and the seating situation can best be described as cozy. If you’re lucky enough to snag an empty seat, you’ll immediately notice someone has kept it warm for you– almost as if they knew you were coming.
“Yah welcome” –Boston
If you have an aversion to bad smells I suggest holding your nose for the duration of the ride. Germaphobes would also be well advised not to breath because inevitably, a person about your height will cough or sneeze directly into your face. (Yep, all up in your face.) Check your personal space at the turn-style. You can have it back at the end of the ride. The memories, however, are yours forever.
The Green Line
The Green Line is a great option, as long as you don’t want to go farther than the 3 stops within Boston Proper that you could have walked in the same amount of time it took to take the T. Once you venture out to where you actually need motorized transportation, this train (if it shows up at all) will probably get cranky and break down before you reach your destination. Simply put, it is the Lindsay Lohan of trains.
Also if there happens to be anything going on at Fenway, you’ll find yourself surrounded by so many new friends you’ll be fluent in the local mores and dialect by the time you reach your destination.
The Silver Line
The Silver Line is a myth. It might be a bus, nobody knows for sure.
The Blue Line
The Blue Line takes you to the airport. Eventually. If you’re one of those nervous travelers who hate missing flights, give yourself some time- like 1 or 2 days should be adequate. Actually just leave now to be safe. Also it’s best to pack light because you’ll encounter lots of stairs, inconvenient train changes and other feats of strength along your journey.
Bring water for hydration, snacks for energy.
The Red Line
The Red Line is the nicest of all the lines. It passes through Harvard, MIT, Southie and beyond. If you ever get confused as to what stop is next, look around to see who’s sitting next to you:
- Kids with their shirts tucked into their pants? Harvard.
- Kids with their pants tucked into their socks? MIT.
- Kids that ask what the tuck you’re looking at? Welcome to Southie.
So there it is. If you were looking for motivation to stay fit and walk or run around Boston instead of taking public transportation, yah welcome.
Have you ever been to Boston?
What’s your favorite city?
What’s your favorite way to get around- driving, walking, biking, public transport, other?