Public Transportation

We encourage you to take public transportation to UMass Boston, especially during the opening weeks of the semester when traffic volume can be very high. The MBTA offers many ways to reach the university—subway, commuter rail, bus service, and “The Ride.”

MBTA Subway or Train with Free UMass Boston Shuttle

UMass Boston is located less than a mile from the MBTA’s JFK/UMass Station, which serves both the Red Line (subway) and the Old Colony Line (commuter rail). Discounted passes are also available to Students, through Student Life, and Faculty and Staff, through Human Resources.

The university runs a regular, free shuttle bus service between the JFK/UMass stop and the campus. The trip normally takes less than ten minutes.

NOTE: SHUTTLE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE EVERY DAY EXCEPT NEW YEARS, THANKSGIVING, AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

Shuttle Bus Service

  • Route 1 buses run non-stop from JFK/UMass Station to the Campus Center, weekdays only, on the following schedule:

Monday-Thursday

6:40 am-9:30 pm every 5-7 minutes
9:30 pm-10:30 pm every 10-12 minutes

Friday

6:40 am-6:40 pm every 5-7 minutes
6:40 pm-10:00 pm every 10-12 minutes

  • Route 2 buses stop at the Campus Center, the Massachusetts Archives, the JFK Library, Clark Athletic Center Circle and the University's Early Learning Center, seven days a week, on the following schedule:

Monday-Friday

8:00 am-5:45 pm every 20 minutes

Saturday

7:40 am-7:00 pm every 20 minutes

Sunday

8:00 am- 5:45 pm every 20 minutes

MBTA Bus Service

  • Route 8 MBTA buses run daily from Kenmore Square to the campus between 5:15 am and 12:30 am. The MBTA bus stop on campus is located between the Wheatley and McCormack buildings, across the street from the Short Term lot.
  • Route 16 MBTA buses run from Forest Hills to the campus Monday through Friday during rush hour. The MBTA bus stop on campus is located between the Wheatley and McCormack buildings, across the street from the Short Term lot.

MBTA “The Ride”

“The Ride” offers door-to-door service for eligible people who cannot use public transit because of a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. For information, call 617.222.5123, 800.533.6282, or 617.222.5415(TTY); or email theride@mbta.com. Drop off locations are the Campus Center circle, University Drive between the Wheatley and McCormack buildings, and the Clark Athletic Center.

MBTA Schedule Information

For more information on MBTA schedules and routes, visit the MBTA Website; or call 617.222.3200, 800.392.6100, or 617.222.5146 (TTY).