Boston has one of the most oldest subway system in the country with its underground street traffic dating as back as 1897. Operated today by MBTA, Boston subway is the fourth busiest in the country with a daily ridership of nearly 549,000 trips excluding Silver Line comparing itself to Washington metro and Chicago L’s.
The basic fare starts from $1.70 for one-way with a facility for a monthly commuter pass and weekly Boston traveler’s pass. The Boston subway has four Lines like the Red, Green, Orange and Blue Line where each of the colors has a meaning.
Each color has a specific route like the Blue line running across the ocean, Redline terminating at Harward University, Greenline running into Brookline and Newton and Orange line running along the Washington Street.
The Greenline of Boston subway actually terminates into four different branches at Boston College, Cleveland Circle, Heath Street, and Riverside. The Red line branching to Braintree and Ashmount.
A large segment of the subway runs above the ground powered by overhead lines. The Green lines of Boston subways rely on new LRV cars from Japan whereas others still using trolley cars and multiple-unit trains. The system follows the exact fixed schedule as it has no mechanism to track the exact position and estimated time until the train arrives at the station.
The first section of the subway was built as underground with the later parts built as elevated stations. Later on, Greenline was elevated reaching North Station.
All of the elevated stations and subways were owned by Boston elevated railway. The Boston subway carries more Boston travel passengers as compared to any other transport system in Boston. It is an important means of transportation for the people of Boston.
The subway is currently undergoing construction and expansion for future plans. Subway trails metro, tunnel and surface-level trains including a connection with the road transport system thus making it a very convenient system to travel through the city of Boston.