As a college student living in Boston, I find myself jumping onto a train or bus weekly to go explore what the city has to offer. One of the greatest things that I’ve found about Boston is the MBTA itself, because it gives me the ability to go just about anywhere in or around the city. To new riders though, it can be a pretty intimidating experience. It’s easy to get lost or confused if you are not completely sure where you are heading, and sometimes the fares can add up to be expensive if you do not know all of the saving tips of traveling. I have come up with Five Commandments for Riding the T to help those who are new to using the MBTA save money and have an easier way of getting to their destination.
1. Thou shalt not use a Charlie Ticket- Those who live in Boston or will be using the MBTA for over a week need to stop using Charlie Tickets and go pick up a Charlie Card instead. They are available for free from MBTA agents at most stations, all you have to do is ask for one. The card is reloadable and will only cost you $2.00 instead of $2.50 every trip.
2. Thou shalt not use parking- Unless it is absolutely necessary to park at a train station, take the bus their instead. It usually costs around $6.00 to park, where if you take the bus it will only be $1.50(using your Charlie Card). Another perk to having a Charlie card is that when riding a bus, you can then transfer to another bus for free or to a train for only $0.50 within two hours of paying for your first trip!
3. Thou shalt not travel without plans- It can be very confusing to find out where you need to get off last minute, especially when you are new to the MBTA. Always make sure to check a map before you leave, and check bus schedules if needed so you are not waiting for awhile at a stop for one.
4. Thou shalt not break unspoken rules of MBTA edict- One of the most annoying things about riding a bus or train is when other passengers take up extra seats or room during rush hours. Unless you want uncomfortable dirty looks throughout your trip, make sure you are only taking up one seat and are mindful of your belongings or self being in the way of others.
5. Thou shalt always bring hand sanitizer- It is always a good idea to have hand sanitizer on you when traveling because you never know who might have the flu or a cold. Pocket sized bottles can be found at drug stores like Rite Aid or Walgreens for under $2.00.