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The MBTA public transit system is often referred to as the T. It consists of multiple bus, subway, and light rail lines to help you get around Boston and some outlying towns.

Important note: MBTA Stops running at 1am. Sometimes even earlier than that. Make sure you check the schedule and use a trip planner. After 1am, taxis become the best way to travel (and may be difficult to get ahold of, especially near the convention hall).

Subway Lines

MBTA Services excluding boat

The Boston Subway system is set up on a hub and spokes model. The four stations that make up the center of the hub, Downtown Crossing, Park Street, Government Center, and State are where the different lines cross and transfers can be made. While this makes the system quite easy to navigate it can create some odd situations where a simple trip from the Hynes Convention center to Cambridge requires taking the Green Line into the center of the city and then taking the Red Line back out again.

Red Line

The Red line travels from Dorchester and Braintree to Cambridge.

Orange Line

Travels from Jamaica Plain to Malden

Green Line

  • B line- Boston College to Government Center
  • C Line- Cleveland Circle to North Station
  • D Line- Riverside to Government Center
  • E Line- Heath Street to Lechmere


Note All the green lines come together after Copley

The Green Line travels from Cambridge to Alston/Brighton, Brookline, Jamaica Plain and Newton.

Blue Line

Silver Line

The Silver Line is a weird sort of Bus/Subway hybrid thing. When below ground it connects to overhead electrical wires and travels through a subway like tunnel. Above ground it acts like a bus. Most of what you will be using the Silver Line for is travel to and from Logan Airport. The main line most people will use for PAX East is SL1, which stops in front of the BCEC and starts/ends at South Station and Logan Airport.

Bus Lines

TBD

Maps / Schedules

Charlie Card

Charlie Cards are stored value RFID cards used to gain access to the MBTA subway and bus lines. The alternate methods (varies by subway line) of payment are either cash or by pre-paid ticket from an MBTA machine.

Getting a Charlie card

Charlie Cards are free and you can get one at any below ground subway station by asking a station attendant. Most convenience stores should have Charlie Cards as well.

Adding Money To Your Card

You can add money to your card at kiosks located at all below ground subway stops and many street level stops as well. It is also possible to add money to your card as you are getting on a train or bus or online. Some convenience stores will also be able to add value to a Charlie Card.

To add money to your card online go to the Charlie Card Center.

Using Your Card

To use the money stored on your charlie card simply tap it against the black target located at the front of the bus or train or at the subway station gates. It is possible to use money stored on a single card for multiple people in a row.

Unlimited Ride Passes

You can load daily/weekly/monthly unlimited ride passes onto your card. These can be purchased at MBTA kiosks located at all underground subway stations and most above ground stations. There are also kiosks located in the baggage claim areas of Logan Airport. Unlimited ride passes can not be shared between multiple people.

Getting to the BCEC

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is located in South Boston (Southie) on Summer St. Address below:

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA

From Logan Airport

  1. Take the Silver Line Bus SL1 to the World Trade Center stop.
  2. Go up to the 2nd level and walk towards BCEC (you can't miss it)

From the Red Line

  1. Take the Red Line to South Station, go up one flight of stairs and take the MBTA Silver line SL1, SL2, or SL3 to the World Trade Center stop.
  2. Go up to level 2 and walk towards BCEC.

From the Green Line

  1. Take the Green line to the Park Street stop.
  2. Change to the Red Line outbound towards Ashmont / Braintree and go two stops to South Station.
  3. Go up one flight of stairs and take the MBTA Silver line SL1, SL2, or SL3 to the World Trade Center stop.
  4. Go up to level 2 and walk towards BCEC.
  • Alternatively, you can take the train to the Boylston stop and walk from there (You'd have to go through Chinatown and then walk past South Station down Summer St (About 15-20 minutes walking)

From the Blue Line

  1. Take the Blue line to Government Center stop
  2. Change to the Green Line outbound and get off at the Park St stop
  3. Change to the Red Line outbound towards Ashmont / Braintree and go two stops to South Station
  4. Go up one flight of stairs and take the MBTA Silver line SL1, SL2, or SL3 to the World Trade Center stop.
  5. Go up to level 2 and walk towards BCEC.
  • Alternatively, you can take the Blue line to the Aquarium stop and walk from there (Walk south along Atlantic Ave and turn left onto Summer St, walking past South Station on your right. (15-20 minutes walking)

From the Orange Line

  1. Take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing
  2. Change to the Red Line outbound towards Ashmont / Braintree and go one stop to South Station
  3. Go up one flight of stairs and take the MBTA Silver line SL1, SL2, or SL3 to the World Trade Center stop.
  4. Go up to level 2 and walk towards BCEC.
  • Alternatively, you can take the Orange line to Downtown Crossing and walk towards South Station (It's a few blocks away). Go down Summer Street past South station towards BCEC (15 minute walk)

Other

More directions can be found at The BCEC Directions Page

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