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  • Check out several of the city's museums , including the Museum of Science, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Boston Children's Museum.
  • Go shopping on Newbury Street, Boylston Street and in Copley Plaza and the Prudential Center, all in the Back Bay. Charles Street in Beacon Hill is another shopping destination with more local boutiques.

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Boston-area mass transit apps: 5 for helping navigate the T

These handy websites as well as applications through Google and Apple are best for navigating a system that can be full of delays

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Navigating the Boston area’s buses, subways, trolleys, and commuter trains can be tricky. And, given the system’s chronic delays ( and the odd derailment ), it can be a real headache too. These five transit apps and websites—all available through a wifi connection on smartphones or through apps downloadable from Apple or Google—can help ease the pain.

Trip Planner . This is pretty much the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s official portal for navigating the T and commuter rail.

It allows users to plan trips hours, even days, in advance; and users can search for wheelchair accessibility and trips with the fewest transfers or the least amount of walking (“Best route” is the default search function). It can also warn of track work or other realities that might delay trips.

Track the T . Software engineer David Newton started this free website after relying on the 73 bus to get back and forth from his private-sector job in Cambridge. Buses would “bunch up three or four behind each other with the timetable mostly fictional,” he said over email. He seized on the MBTA’s 2009 decision to make its real-time bus information public, and developed this app.

It tracks subway, trolley, and bus arrivals to the real-time second. It is especially helpful for riders if they’re at a stop along multiple routes going in the same direction. Newton’s Track the T will tell them when the next bus or train is coming that’s going their way—even if it’s not the one they intended to take. It’s a lifesaver when time is tight.

Aira . In early May 2019, the MBTA announced a six-month test of this app, which aids low-vision and blind people in navigating the T. Aira uses smartphone cameras to guide users in real time through public spaces such as train and bus stations, according to the Boston Globe . Available through Google and Apple, Aira is free for the six-month trial, but monthly plans generally start at $24.

Transit App . The MBTA officially endorsed this free app back in 2016 . It basically mimics the agency’s own Trip Planner site via tapping into the MBTA’s real-time data for arrivals and departures.

Transit App will also list departure times for nearby transit, in case other modes are going toward the same place; and the app includes ride-hail and bike-share options too. Finally, if riders are worried about missing a stop, they can set up Transit App to ping them when the stop’s coming up. Bonus: Transit App works for dozens of other cities and regions.

ProximiT . This free app that Jeff Lopes developed is available only through Apple. It lists arrival and departure times of buses, subways, and trolleys in order of how close they are to a rider’s location and desired time of departure.

Basically, ProximiT is another way to draw real-time information for commutes. In that, it bills itself as a kind of personal assistant for commuters.

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How to get around in Boston

Mara Vorhees

Jun 7, 2023 • 6 min read

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From riding the T to using the city's bike-share scheme, here are the best ways to get around in Boston © Photo courtesy of Bluebikes

Boston is a compact city with ample green space .

Most of the sights and attractions are located within an area that is only about 3 sq miles, so Boston is largely navigable on two feet (or two wheels). But when the weather is bad or the distance is just too great, there are several options for getting around, whether by subway, bus or boat.

Broadly speaking, you don’t need – and probably won’t want – a car during your time in Boston. Parking is limited and traffic and navigation can be a nightmare. If you happen to have one (eg, if you drive here), your best bet is to find a safe parking place and leave your vehicle there for the duration of your stay, though it may come in handy for trips out of town . 

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Be like Charlie and ride the T

The most versatile and user-friendly form of public transportation in Boston is the subway. And here in Boston, we call it the T , short for the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority). The subway system looks sort of like the spokes of a wheel, with four lines (red, green, orange, blue) radiating out from the main stations in Downtown Boston. Note that the red and green lines split into multiple branches outside the city center. To make sure you get on the right train, pay attention to its final destination, which is posted on the exterior windows.

The T runs from about 5am to about 1am. The fare is $2.40, regardless of how far you go or how many transfers you make. CharlieTickets are the best option for visitors, and you can buy them at the electronic kiosks that are located in each station, and load whatever amount you want/need and reuse for multiple rides. The appropriate amount will be deducted, whether you’re riding the bus or the T. You can also buy a pass if you’re planning to use the T often (see below for more info).

Why are they called “CharlieTickets?” Good question! In 1959, the Kingston Trio recorded a song about a man named Charlie who could not get off the T because he did not have the 5-cent exit fare. “He may ride forever ‘neath the streets of Boston. He’s the man who never returned.”

Take the silver line to/from the airport

The silver line is not a subway line, but rather a “rapid transit” bus system with dedicated travel lanes. It’s part of the MBTA system, and there are four different silver-line routes originating at South Station. The one that is the most useful for travelers is the SL1, which cuts through the Seaport District , then traverses the Boston Harbor in a dedicated tunnel and goes to Logan International Airport, stopping at each terminal.

The silver line fare is $2.40 and it connects to the subway system, which means you can transfer without paying an additional fare. 

Local tip for traveling from the airport:  The silver line is free if you get on at Logan Airport heading into downtown Boston, with a free transfer to the red line at South Station. 

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Catch sea breezes and harbor views on a ferry

Boat rides are part of the fun when you’re visiting a waterside city. They will probably not be your primary means of transportation in Boston, but they are useful for a few destinations, primarily Charlestown and Logan Airport.

The MBTA operates ferries from Long Wharf in Boston to the Charlestown Navy Yard ($3.75) and to Logan Airport ($9.75). There are also water taxis that run between the airport and several waterfront destinations. From the airport terminal, take the free shuttle (no 66) to the dock. You can use your CharlieTicket for the MBTA ferries, or purchase tickets from the booths at the docks. The airport ferry is convenient if you’re staying near the waterfront in Downtown Boston or in the Seaport District. It may not be quicker than the silver line, but it’s a lot more scenic. This option, however, may be less appealing in bad weather.

Take the bus to far-flung destinations

There are some places that the T just doesn’t go, especially when it comes to outlying neighborhoods . That’s when the bus comes in. Also operated by the MBTA, buses can be difficult to use if you don’t know the routes, but following a mapping app will help. The MBTA website also has an interactive trip planner, as well as schedules with live updates for specific buses, so you know how long you’re going to have to wait.

You can use your CharlieCard to pay the $1.70 bus fare. If you don’t have one, you must pay in cash. Aim to have the exact amount because no change is given.

Currently, the majority of buses are hybrids, with several hundred diesel buses still in active use. The MBTA has recently begun to implement a bus electrification plan, with the goal of replacing the entire fleet with battery-electric buses by 2040.

Ride BlueBikes for ultimate flexibility and fun

One transportation option wins the prize for geographic coverage (not to mention eco friendliness). BlueBikes is Boston’s bike-share program, with thousands of bikes docked at more than 400 stations around Boston and surrounding towns. Riders can pick up a bike at any station and deliver it to any station at the end of their trip.

A single trip is $2.95 for a 30-minute ride, plus $4 for each additional 30 minutes. Another option – better for long, leisurely rides – is the Adventure Pass, which is $10 for unlimited rides (up to two hours each) for 24 hours. Download the mobile app or purchase your pass at any BlueBikes station. The app also has a map of all the stations, as well as suggested riding routes.

BlueBikes is a fun, convenient and somewhat adventurous way to get around Boston. That said, cycling in the city is not for the faint of heart, especially Downtown. Take advantage of bike lanes and off-road biking trails whenever possible.

If you’re in a hurry, take a Lyft/Uber/taxi

Lyft, Uber and good old-fashioned taxi cabs are ubiquitous around Boston. This can be a good option late at night, in bad weather or if you don’t have the patience to wait for a bus.

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Accessible transportation in Boston

The MBTA subway trains are accessible to wheelchair users; however, not all of the train platforms have elevators from the street level, especially on the green line. All MBTA buses are wheelchair accessible. The  MBTA offers assistance to disabled riders via an online trip planner (click “Wheelchair accessible trip”) or by phone.

For more online resources, check out the  Lonely Planet guide to Accessible Travel Online Resources .

Transportation passes

The MBTA offers various passes that may be useful if you plan to ride the T (and other mass transit) a lot during your visit. A one-day pass – covering unlimited travel for 24 hours – is $11. A seven-day pass is $22.50. The passes include the T, the silver line, the bus and the ferry, as well as some rides on the commuter rail. Buy passes at the electronic kiosks at any T station.

This article was first published May 2021 and updated June 2023

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The BCEC is steps away from the MBTA’s Silver Line World Trade Center stop, which is the same line that services Logan Airport. Is it a nice day? Take a 15-minute walk from South Station, which serves as one of Boston’s major transportation hubs, with MBTA bus and red line subway service, as well as commuter rail service to across New England, and Amtrak and bus service to many points across the country.

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The Hynes Convention Center is conveniently located close to four T stops – the Hynes Convention Center stop, Prudential Center stop, and Copley Square stop on the Green Line and the Back Bay stop on the Orange Line. Need to go to the airport? Hop on the convenient Back Bay Logan Express shuttle , which departs from the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street, which is directly connected to the Hynes (*Shuttle service is free from Logan Airport to Back Bay, and $3 for service from Hynes Convention Center to Logan)

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Boston is a major hub on the Amtrak Northeast corridor railroad system, and connects passengers to not only the rest of New England, but major cities along the entire east coast. Passengers can pick up Amtrak service in Boston at South Station, just minutes from the BCEC; at Back Bay Station, right down the street from the Hynes; or at North Station for Downeaster service from Brunswick, Maine.

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MBTA Trip Planner

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a nifty tool called “Trip Planner” that lets you plan your T ride from beginning to end. Simply enter in your starting location at the BCEC or Hynes (or wherever else you find yourself around Boston), and it will tell you where you need to go stop by stop to get here quickly and easily via subway or bus.

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Boston is ripe with car service options. Let one of our transportation agents hail you a cab, or use any of the following services to schedule a pick up:

  • Boston Cab: 617.536.5010
  • City Cab: 617.536.5100
  • Independent Taxi (ITOA): 617.825.4000
  • Metro Cab: 617.782.5500
  • Top Cab: 617.266.4800
  • Town Taxi: 617.536.5000

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Alternative Options

Consider taking a pedicab as a fun and affordable way to explore Boston or get anywhere in the city. Boston Pedicab offers regular and pre-scheduled tours and rides at a flexible cost.

Another great alternative to public transportation is Blue Bikes , Boston’s public bike-sharing system with 1,800 city bikes and 180 bike stations throughout the city, including stations directly outside the BCEC and the Hynes.

Zipcar is the world’s largest car sharing service, giving you convenient access to vehicles located all over Boston, including many close to our convention facilities. Simply reserve cars by the hour or day, all for one low rate. Learn how to become a member, reserve a car and hit the road.

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Boston, Massachusetts, is a beautiful area to travel to with your closest friends. This location is one of the many famous areas of the New England region that tourists love traveling to any time of the year. Planning a group trip here is an excellent opportunity to celebrate significant life events and achievements or to enjoy the presence of your favorite people. 

Follow this Boston travel guide to plan a fun and memorable trip with friends.

Planning Your Trip

The planning process before the trip can require carefully detailed transportation and check-in instructions. While this part can take time, the rewards of a well-planned trip can make the whole journey run smoothly. 

Take a look at the following inspiration for efficient transportation, top-rated hotels and must-see attractions in Boston.

Transportation Around Boston

The streets of Boston are a wonderful place to catch a glimpse of life in this beautiful Massachusetts city. However, maneuvering these roads as a large group of 10 or more can be challenging with high numbers of tourists and locals. To travel as efficiently as possible with your group, you can  rent a bus in Boston  to take you around the city. 

Renting a bus in Boston is convenient and allows you and your group to stretch out on your way to the upcoming activities and landmarks. Rather than trying to hail multiple taxis for group transportation in Boston, a bus can fit large groups that can take you anywhere you desire.

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Finding a relaxing hotel during your trip to Boston allows you and your group to unwind after a long day of sightseeing and getting a taste of city life. Luckily, this large city is home to many unique and comfortable hotels that can make your trip even more memorable. 

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  • The Verb Hotel:  Retro vibes and a lively atmosphere make this hotel a tourist favorite. At the Verb Hotel, you can enjoy music, Japanese food, a dip in the pool and the two-minute walk to Fenway Park. Play vinyl records from the comfort of your room to start the day off on a high note.
  • Boston Park Plaza:  This iconic luxury hotel has become a staple in Boston’s central city. The ambiance is elegant and comforting, so you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere before setting out on a full day of planned activities. Boston Park Plaza is within walking distance of the Public Garden and Chinatown.
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport District:  A view of the Reserved Channel leading out to the Boston Main Channel from your room gives you the feeling of life on the water. The rooms are comfortable and modern, where you can look out onto the water as the sun rises and sets in the city. The hotel is within walking distance of the Boston Design Center and the ShowPlace Icon Theater.

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Places to Eat in Boston

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  • Mike’s Pastry:  It wouldn’t be a trip to Boston without tasting the famous cannolis at Mike’s Pastry. This bustling bakery is a favorite among locals and tourists for its tasty sweets and signature lobster tails. Mike’s is a stable at the North End in Boston within walking distance of the Boston Public Market and the Paul Revere House.
  • Union Oyster House: Situated across from Boston City Hall, this historic eatery is known for its chowder and other New England seafood specials. Enjoy raw oysters or a lobster roll for lunch or dinner, and follow it up with a Boston cream pie
  • South Street Diner:  In the heart of downtown Boston sits a pleasant diner that serves its loyal customers all night and day. This retro-style diner is the only kind in Boston, open 24 hours a day. You can enjoy the quiet atmosphere with menu options ranging from breakfast specials to tasty clubs. Toast to a successful day of outings with your group with 50’s style milkshakes or mimosas as you enjoy your meal.

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A full day of fun activities in the city is the perfect way to celebrate your trip with friends. There are exciting events and must-see attractions in Boston around every corner that you can explore during any part of the day. 

Follow this Boston itinerary to look into the possible schedules you can create on your trip to Massachusetts.

  • Start your morning in the Public Garden:  Nothing beats the calming ambiance you can find in the beautiful landscape of the Public Garden. This park is  the first botanical garden in America  and sits at the heart of Boston for locals and tourists to explore. With 24 acres of ponds, native plants and historical statues, this stop is perfect for the first landmark to visit on your Boston trip.
  • Greet the aquatic life at the New England Aquarium:  There is no shortage of sea creatures and fascinating species at Boston’s famous New England Aquarium. If you and your group consider yourselves animal lovers, this stop is excellent for a mid-morning activity that gives you a glimpse of nearby wildlife. During your visit, take memorable photos of the sharks, penguins, seals, sea turtles and coral reefs.
  • Catch a show at the Boston Opera House:  Live performances of the Boston ballet and renowned musical theater shows are a perfect afternoon activity for you and your group to enjoy. The elegant atmosphere is excellent for those who enjoy dressing up and spending a glamorous evening at one of the city’s most extravagant locations.
  • Root for the home team:  If your group includes sports fans, you can participate in the local sports scene by watching the Red Sox or Celtics play at their home arenas. These games consist of lively competition, tasty foods and proud fans in every seat. 
  • Shop on Newbury Street:  If your group would rather explore the city than watch a sports game, find the perfect souvenirs to bring home on Newbury Street. This famous retail strip offers shopping trips at high-end designer stores and international chains. You can also unwind at the many nearby cafes and bars to celebrate your group’s successful day exploring the city of Boston.

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Weather | What’s next for meteorologist Matt Noyes after leaving NBC10: ‘A new beginning’

He and his wife plan to launch a weather website, app.

Meteorologists Matt and Danielle Noyes plan on launching a weather website and app. (Alex Cole photo)

Longtime meteorologist Matt Noyes and his friendly face will no longer greet morning viewers on NBC10 Boston, but the beloved forecaster says he will still be delivering critical weather info to locals.

Noyes and his wife Danielle, also a meteorologist, plan on launching a weather website and app to “meet the public where they’re at,” he told the Herald on Thursday as he took a trip down memory lane while looking ahead.

On Wednesday, Noyes said goodbye to his NBC10 and NECN family after more than two decades there .

“It’s been a crazy 24 hours,” Noyes told the Herald. “Folks have been surprised but very supportive, which is lovely.

“It’s a nervous time, but at the same time it’s an exciting chance at a new beginning,” he added. “It was very amicable and a wonderful ending to a great career there.”

So what’s next for Noyes? He shared that he’ll be heading into the digital-first weather market with his wife, who has been freelancing with NBC10 Boston — and who previously competed against Noyes when she was with WBZ.

The couple is planning on launching a weather website and app.

Noyes cited a recent YouGov poll that showed only 43% of respondents turned to local TV news for weather information, while 53% of people used an app. However, only 34% of respondents found those apps to be very accurate.

“There’s been a huge shift in the way people consume weather information,” Noyes said. “And my mission statement since college has been wanting to deliver the best forecast possible to the greatest number of people possible.

“Local TV is still critically important, but I’m going to stick with my mission statement and pivot to follow the viewers,” he added. “We’re going to launch a digital entity, and meet the public where they’re at.”

Noyes didn’t reveal the name of the website and app, but that should be shared soon.

“My focus has always been on Boston and New England, and that will remain my primary focus,” the Haverhill native said. “At the same time, it’s not a far leap to build a national data set, so we will end up bringing this to a national level as well.”

While Noyes was looking toward the future, he also reflected on some of the most memorable storms during his time at NECN and NBC10 Boston.

The “most impactful event” was the June, 1, 2011 tornado in western Massachusetts. That destructive storm was the strongest tornado in nearly 60 years to rip through the Bay State.

“That was a scary day for a lot of folks,” he said. “We were ready for it, and tracked it at the street level, and people really appreciated that.”

When Noyes first arrived at NECN, he never imagined working a snow storm like the Blizzard of ’78. Since he started in Boston, multiple storms have dumped higher one-day snow totals — including on Jan. 29, 2022 and Feb. 17, 2003.

“We’ve outdone the single storm snow record, the 24-hour snow record, the coastal flooding record,” Noyes said, noting the significant impact of climate change. “It has not happened all at one time, but we’re living through a period of historic weather now.”

There was also the 2015 winter snow blitz when storm after storm pounded the region.

“We had a seasonal snow record, but it didn’t start until the end of January,” he said. “That was incredible.”

Noyes also looked back on the deluge of rain that sparked severe flooding along the Merrimack River in the mid-2000s, along with tracking Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

There was also the big “wintercane” storm on Dec. 9, 2005. The monster delivered 100-plus mph winds to Cape Cod, where not much snow fell, while 9 inches fell in Boston and about 13 inches fell in Worcester.

Noyes said, “There have been these extreme events that when I started my career, I thought I’d see one of these happen, not thinking I’d see all of these happen over the last 20 years.”

25 years ago I knew my career mission: deliver the best weather info possible to as many people as possible. Thank you, Boston & New England, & NBC Boston/NECN, for an incredible ride. A lot has changed in two decades – I'm excited to make the necessary change, to stay with you. pic.twitter.com/b9qiZtWp0d — Matt Noyes (@MattNBCBoston) March 28, 2024

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