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Ride Safer

We're Committed to Supporting Public Health on Public Transportation

Safety has always been our first priority. Now it is a shared responsibility—a pact between ourselves and our riders.

We call this pact Ride Safer.

As we make our way through this pandemic, we must all remember to stay vigilant and continue to Ride Safer while on the T.

Masks on the T

MBTA character "Charlie" wearing a suit and mask and giving a thumbs up

Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions.

See the latest mask guidelines

Protecting Your Health

As Massachusetts enters the latest phase of the pandemic, we continue to take necessary steps to protect the health and safety of riders and MBTA employees with increased cleaning and sanitation at stations and on vehicles. Following CDC guidance, this includes:

Providing face coverings to riders

MBTA Transit Ambassadors and Customer Service Agents will distribute face masks to riders at select stations:

  • Maverick
  • North Station
  • Haymarket
  • South Station
  • JFK/UMass
  • Ashmont
  • Braintree
  • Harvard
  • Park Street
  • Copley
  • Kenmore
  • Back Bay
  • Forest Hills

Cleaning and disinfecting

All MBTA fleet vehicles (buses, trolleys, subway cars, Commuter Rail coaches, ferries, and RIDE vehicles) are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.

All business locations, including the CharlieCard Store, are disinfected every 24 hours.

Vehicle airflow

Every 60 seconds, our buses, trains, and trolleys recycle and refresh filtered air, and completely exchange air at least 10 times every hour—which is more frequently than most indoor spaces do.

Over the past two years, we've upgraded air filtration in all our vehicles to the maximum levels our HVAC systems allow, and we are investing in new air treatment technology to further improve air quality on the T.

More sanitizing equipment

Hand sanitizer dispensers, disinfectant wipes, and cleaning sprays have been deployed at MBTA facilities and stations throughout the system.

Installing new protective barriers and decals

All vehicles have protective barriers to help maintain distance between riders and operators. Riders should board at the front door and exit at the rear door whenever possible.

What You Can Do

Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions. We also encourage all riders to:

  • Maintain a safe distance from others when possible
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if sick
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean areas that are frequently touched with sanitizing spray or wipes
  • Get a COVID-19 test
  • Trust the Facts. Get the Vax.

Crowding Levels

See crowding information

APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program participating system seal

Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve been committed to public health on public transportation. Now, we join transit agencies across the nation to participate in APTA’s Health & Safety Commitments Program to ensure riders continue to Ride Safer.

Learn more about APTA’s Commitments

Masks on the T

MBTA character "Charlie" wearing a suit and mask and giving a thumbs up

Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions.

See the latest mask guidelines

Crowding Levels

See crowding information

APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program participating system seal

Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve been committed to public health on public transportation. Now, we join transit agencies across the nation to participate in APTA’s Health & Safety Commitments Program to ensure riders continue to Ride Safer.

Learn more about APTA’s Commitments