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Bus Accessibility Guide

Every customer has the right to use accessibility equipment, which is available on every bus in the MBTA fleet, including the Silver Line. Accessibility equipment includes buses that kneel or lower, ramps or lifts, securement areas for wheeled mobility devices, and priority seating.

On low-floor MBTA buses, the vehicle numbers are provided in raised numbering and braille, on the passenger side of the bus on top of the box on the corner nearest the operator.

To help you plan your trip, MBTA bus schedules are available in large print and braille formats. Contact Customer Support to request one.

MBTA Bus Fares and Passes

What You Can Expect at an MBTA Bus Stop

MBTA bus stops are labeled with black, red, and white signs with a large “T” logo. Signs also include a list of bus routes that stop at that station. Many stops also include accessible shelters in case of cold, rainy, or snowy weather.

The destination and route of each bus is displayed on the front and side of every vehicle, and will be announced by an automated system at every stop.

The MBTA and municipalities do their best to keep bus stops clear for easy boarding. If your stop is obstructed, contact the owner of the stop.

Boarding and Exiting an MBTA Bus

Bus operators will pull as close to the curb as possible at every stop. If they cannot pull close to the curb, the operator will help you board or exit at a safer location nearby. If there isn’t one, they will call the dispatcher for assistance.

When you board, you may want to share your final stop with the operator so they can find a safe place for you to exit.

All MBTA buses can be lowered to assist with boarding and exiting for seniors and people with disabilities. Ramps and lifts are available to assist customers with wheeled mobility devices.

  • On older, high-floor buses, lifts are located at the rear door
  • On newer, low-floor buses, lifts are located at the front door

Boarding with a wheeled mobility device

Customers with wheeled mobility devices will be pre-boarded with a lift or ramp. For your safety, please wait for the bus operator’s signal before approaching a lift or ramp to board.

Securement areas are available on every MBTA bus. Position your device so it faces the front, and lock the wheels and/or turn off the motor, and the operator will secure your device for you. Wheelchairs must be secured by 4 straps and scooters must be secured by 3 straps. 

If you want to use a lap or shoulder belt, the operator can assist you.

If you use a scooter, the operator can help you move to a seat once it’s secured.

Exiting with a wheeled mobility device

The bus operator will pull as close to the curb as possible. If the stop is obstructed, they may ask you to exit at a nearby, safe location. 

Once the bus comes to a complete stop, the operator will lower the bus and position the ramp or lift. Then they will unbuckle the securement straps. 

At that time, you can approach the exit. If the bus has a lift, lock your wheels or turn off your device’s motor to ensure your safety until the lift reaches the ground. 

Priority Seating 

Priority seats are available near the front of the bus. Passengers are expected to yield their seats to seniors, expectant parents, and people with disabilities. 

If there aren't any priority seats available, the operator can ask passengers to offer their seats, but can't force anyone to move. Alternately, they can help you to another seat or call their dispatcher to find out when the next bus that can accommodate you will be arriving.

While on Your Trip

All stops and transfer points are announced automatically and displayed on a screen at the front of the bus. If the automated system isn’t working, the MBTA operator will make those announcements. 

If you need help finding your stop, ask the operator for assistance.

To request your stop, press the yellow or gray strips located near the windows of the bus, or the “Stop” buttons located on vertical handrails.