I'm Back! MBTA Review & More
I'm Back!Hello everyone! I'm sure you all have been wondering where I went, as my last post was last year, in 2017. I had forgotten about this for a while, and also as I am going through college I have been focusing on other things. Also, I have not had many chances to ride any public transit in a while (though I did ride on the MBTA recently), so because I haven't been using public transportation recently, this has taken a back seat. Also, to be honest, living in Jacksonville, FL while there is public transportation (Jacksonville Transportation Authority - JTA), it isn't easy to use the system since pretty much all of Jacksonville is car oriented, and the JTA system just doesn't interest me as much. But, with all that said, I do want to continue this blog and continue to be more active. Lastly, please see the link at the bottom for a link to a transit enthusiast group, if you'd like to join, just click the link and we're happy to have you!
ArrivingMy grandfather and I flew from Jacksonville, FL to Boston Logan Airport, and my stepdad flew from Greenville, SC to Boston and met us there. Our flight arrived first in Terminal C, so we took the MassPort shuttle to Terminal A to meet my stepdad. MassPort operates 6 shuttle routes around Logan Airport, Routes 11, 22, 33, 55, 66, and 88. We took Route 11 which stops at all terminals and is mainly for passengers with connecting flights. After waiting a few minutes, our bus arrived. We had one of the 40' NABI buses (photo below). After stopping at Terminal E (including a short layover for the operator), we continued to Terminal A.
|MassPort shuttle arriving at Terminal C on Route 11.|
Once my stepdad arrived and we were all together, we took a taxi to our hotel. I was planning on us taking the SL1 and Red Line, but since we had our bags, we decided to just take a taxi. The ride was quick since we were in the mid day period - though, if you know Boston traffic, it can be bad at all hours.
To Fenway Park
Return to Hotel
The plan here was to transfer to the Red Line to travel to Broadway, however there was a track fire, causing a suspension between Park Street and Braintree/Ashmont. We could have waited for shuttle buses, but decided to Uber instead because the crowds were starting to get crazy outside Park Street since no shuttle buses had arrived yet.
Right: A 40' bus arriving to transport passengers.
The Next Day
We had to check out today, so I decided to take the Silver Line to South Station and explore a bit. Our hotel was near the Washington St & Herald St stop. I only waited about 5 minutes until a SL4 bus arrived. The bus had an average-looking crowd. We arrived a few minutes later at South Station and I got breakfast at Dunkin Donuts (another must have for any trip to MA for me), and explored South Station, including a quick fanning session on the Silver Line underground platform (for SL1 to Logan Airport, SL2 to Waterfront, and SL3 to Chelsea) before returning to the hotel via the Red Line.
|After exiting at South Station, the bus returns to Dudley Station on the SL4.|