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MBTA Prepared To Carry Thousands To The Boston Marathon

Posted on April 8, 2011

In preparation for this year’s Boston Marathon, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will enhance service to accommodate the thousands of fans expected to attend the event.  Extra T officials and T Police will be on hand to provide assistance throughout the day.  To accommodate pre-marathon preparation the weekend before the race, adjustments to various bus routes in and around Copley Square will be required.   On Marathon Monday various bus routes on both the North and South sides will be diverted.  Customers are urged to take public transportation and advised to check the T’s website for the most up to date information leading up to Marathon Monday.

Marathon Monday

  • Blue, Orange, Red and Green line service will operate on its regular weekday schedule with extra service before and after the marathon.
  • Commuter rail trains will operate on its regular weekday schedule.
  • All buses and trackless trolleys will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • Commuter Boat and Inner Harbor Ferry service will operate on a regular weekday service schedule.
  • THE RIDE will operate on a modified weekday schedule.
  • Copley Station will be closed all day. Customers attending the Boston Marathon will have access to the Green Line at Hynes Convention Center or Arlington Stations.
  • Route 55 - Queensbury/Copley Station ~ Entire service terminated until completion of Marathon.
  • The Green Line’s Woodland Station along Route 16 in Newton will be closed to automobile traffic between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The station will remain open for customer use.
  • On the Green Line - the Arlington Station entrance located on Berkeley Street, and both entrances of Hynes Station will remain open Marathon Monday to accommodate Marathon attendees.
  • Customer Service Van will be on Boylston Street at the rear of Hynes Station selling prepaid $5:00 Charlie Cards.
  • On Marathon Monday, buses will be rerouted at certain times during the day to prevent disruption of the race. These routes include:
    • Southside Routes
      1 – Dudley – Harvard via Massachusetts Avenue.
      8 – Harbor Point – Kenmore ~Trip terminates at the Old Sears Building.
      9&10 – City Point (South Boston) – Copley Square ~ Trip terminates at Back Bay Station
      39 – Forest Hills Station to Back Bay Station ~ Trip terminates at Back Bay Station on the Dartmouth Street Side
      47 – Central Square Cambridge – Albany Street. Inbound trip terminates at Granite and Memorial Drive. Outbound trip terminates at the Old Sears Building.
      52 – Watertown – Dedham Mall
      57 – Watertown Square to Kenmore Square. Trip terminates at Blandford Street.
      59 – Needham Junction – Watertown Square. Inbound trip terminates at Newton Highlands.
      60 – Chestnut Hill Mall – Kenmore Square. Inbound trip terminates at the Old Sears Bldg.
      65 – Brighton Center – Kenmore Square. Trip terminates at the Old Sears Bldg.
      66 – Harvard - Dudley
      86 – Sullivan Square Station – Reservoir (Cleveland Circle)
      504(2) – Watertown Square or Newton Corner – Downtown.
    • Northside Routes
      86 – Sullivan Square Station – Reservoir (Cleveland Circle)
      62/76 – 62-Bedford V.A. Hospital – Alewife Station ~ No service to Lexington Ctr.
      76 – Hanscom AFB – Alewife Station ~ No service to Lexington Ctr.
      77 – Arlington Heights - Harvard Station via Mass. Avenue
      80 – Arlington Center to Lechmere Station. Outbound service rerouted ONLY.
      350 – North Burlington - Alewife Station
      94 – Medford Square - Davis Square Station
      95 – West Medford – Sullivan Square Station
      96 – Medford Square – Harvard Station via George Street
      134 – North Woburn – Wellington Station via Woburn Square and Winchester Ctr.
      101 – Malden Center Station – Sullivan Square Station.
  • Red Sox fans can now purchase CharlieTickets or add value to their CharlieCards at fare vending machines located inside Fenway park near the following gates:  Gate C and Gate E.

Pre-Marathon Preparation

On Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 the following bus routes will be re-routed:

Bus routes 9 & 55 - that normally service the Copley Square station area will be temporarily re-located to the Dartmouth Street side of Back Bay Station.

Bus Route 39 - (Inbound) that normally services the Copley Square station area will temporarily re-located to Stuart and Dartmouth. Outbound is a regular route.

NOTE: Bicycles -- Due to anticipated crowds, bicycles are not allowed on the subway on Patriot's Day. Bicycles are permitted on the commuter rail except for peak-period trips, which are identified by shading on the schedules.

For additional information on routes, schedules, and fares, please call the MBTA Customer Service Center at (617) 222-3200 or 1-800-392-6100 (hearing impaired TTY 617-222-5146.

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