Cambridge is one of the easiest places to live or work without driving. With over 40,000 households, 100,000 jobs, and hundreds of thousands of services in just over 6 square miles of land, just about everything you need is close at hand. With so many things close by, people in Cambridge have an array of transportation options.
Cambridge is part of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), commonly called “The T.” The MBTA operates 1,193 miles of commuter rail, subway, trolley, and bus lines in addition to ferry and paratransit services.
Nearly every part of Cambridge’s 6 square miles is within a short walk of a subway station or bus stop. Here is a summary of T service in Cambridge
There are five Red Line stations in Cambridge (plus a sixth just across the city line in Davis Square, Somerville), each about a mile apart. The heavy rail subway line run underneath Massachusetts Avenue for most of its length before terminating at Alewife Station near the Arlington town line. Trains run about 4 minutes apart in the rush hours and 10 minutes apart at all other times.
The Red Line provides fast and direct access to downtown Boston and South Station, where rail connections to the south shore and he eastern seaboard are available.
The northern end of the Green Line Trolley terminates at Lechmere Square in East Cambridge. North Station, which provides rail service to the north shore and Maine, is two stops away.
MBTA plans to extend the Green Line past Lechmere to Somerville and Medford. Preliminary work has already begun. To learn more about the Green Line Extension Project, please click here.
The MBTA runs 21 bus lines that serve Cambridge neighborhoods. Here is a listing of the routes by area of the City. Click on the links to get more information from MBTA for each route.
There are nearly 100 apps that have been developed to help users ride the MBTA. For a directory of those apps, please see the MBTA’s apps page.
A bicycle is an excellent way to get around Cambridge and the region. Short trips are ideal for bicycles and going by bike is often the fastest way to get from door to door.
The Hubway is an excellent way to get around when you don’t have your bike with you. Hubway members can share bikes at stations in Cambridge, Boston, Somerville and Brookline. Learn more about Hubway here.
Get your walking shoes on and walk because Cambridge is
The Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department, working with the Public Works and Community Development Departments give a lot of attention to the pedestrian conditions in Cambridge. Our efforts have paid off – more people walk to work in Cambridge than any other large city in the country (Governing Magazine, Dec. 13, 2013).
But we are not resting on our successes and we will continue to make walking a safe and preferred mode of transportation. We continue to work hard to make walking as safe and convenient as can be.