Boston Subway FAQ’s
Using Boston’s Subway (T) as Ground Transportation
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) is conveniently located near the MBTA’s Silver Line World Trade Center stop, which is the same subway line that services Logan Airport. It’s also a 15-minute walk from South Station, one of Boston’s major transportation hubs. South Station provides local services via bus, subway (Red Line), and the regional Commuter Rail, plus service across the country through Amtrak and bus.
To reduce the number of motor coaches used for the Annual Meeting, delegates housed in the following hotels were given the option to ride on the subway instead of the NEA Shuttle Bus: Boston Marriott Copley Place, Doubletree by Hilton Boston Downtown, Hilton Boston Back Bay, Hotel Commonwealth, Hyatt Regency Boston, Marriott Cambridge, Omni Parker House, Royal Sonesta, Sheraton Boston, Westin Copley Place, and Wyndham Beacon Hill.
State Coordinators were asked to provide NEA in advance the number of passes required, called CharlieCards. Approximately 500 subway riders are anticipated. The CharlieCard is valid for 7 days from the date it is first use.
The web site, http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/ is a terrific resource for maps, schedules, timetables, routes, and fares.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why doesn’t NEA provide free subway passes to any delegate who is willing to use the subway instead of the shuttle bus? If every delegate had a choice, we would not be able to reduce the number of buses required. And, we’d have the added cost of subway passes.
Can I give the subway a try and switch to the shuttle bus if I don’t like it? While subway travel has lots of advantages, it does entail a lot of walking, including stairs. Trains can break down and it may be necessary to stand in trains or contend with crowded trains during certain times. If you find you don’t like subway travel, please try to find another delegate housed on your bus route willing to trade with you. Your state coordinator may be able to assist you with this.
When will I receive the subway pass? State coordinators will distribute them at the caucus meetings.
Are there any restrictions on usage of the pass? No. The pass entitles riders to 7 days of unlimited usage. It is gate-activated and becomes effective on the date it’s first used
How will you distinguish bus riders from subway riders? Bus riders will be given stickers to attach to their plastic name badge holders.
What happens if I lose my subway pass? Delegates should keep passes in a safe place to avoid loss or theft. Replacements may be purchased from MBTA for the remaining days.
How can I purchase a subway pass? Multi-day passes can be purchased from MBTA. The web site, www.mbta.com has detailed information about the various types of passes available.
Will NEA provide free subway passes to accompanying family members? Guests may purchase passes—see above question. Guests, who have name badges, may ride buses on a space-available basis. That is, first priority for seating is given to delegates housed on that route who are designated bus riders.
How will I take luggage to the convention center on the last day of the RA if I use the subway? If your bags are difficult to manage on the subway, we suggest you confer with the bus coordinator in the orange shirt stationed at your hotel to request they accommodate you on a shuttle bus after designated shuttle riders are given priority seating.
What happens if the subway breaks down or is otherwise delayed? Unfortunately, delays and breakdowns are common so delegates who opt for the subway are forewarned about the need to be flexible. When delays or breakdowns occur, the T generally responds to riders with instructions and information.
Do you have any suggestions to make travel on the T easier? Yes, use an app or sign up to receive alerts, http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/t_alerts/