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Patriots’ Day/Boston Marathon: Special Commuter Rail Pass and MBTA Service Information for April 15

Posted on April 8, 2019

Runners in the 116th Boston Marathon take off with the starting gun at the starting line in Hopkinton. Photo by Ryan Hutton, Boston University News Service, made available by BU Interactive News on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

On Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15, the MBTA is offering a special $15 Marathon Pass valid for all-day, unlimited travel on all Commuter Rail lines through all zones. This special $15 Marathon Pass is available for purchase today through April 15 on the mTicket app and Wednesday, April 10, through April 15 from ticket offices at North, South, and Back Bay Stations. The $15 Marathon Pass is also available aboard trains via cash or credit card on April 15 only. 

CharlieCards preloaded with $5 round-trip subway fare will also be available for purchase by credit or debit card only from Transit Ambassadors at Alewife, Back Bay, Braintree, Fenway, Quincy Adams, or Riverside Stations on April 15. Customers traveling around Boston on Marathon Monday are also encouraged to purchase a $12 1-Day Link pass valid for unlimited subway and bus travel, which are available from any station fare vending machine and valid for twenty-four hours after purchase.

Clickable graphic for the Boston Marathon Guide, with blue and yellow stripes

To find the best Marathon viewing location on the T, customers are encouraged to visit the MBTA’s Boston Marathon Guide, which highlights MBTA stations closest to the Marathon route and includes helpful information on purchasing fares, parking, and more.

subway Subway

Due to safety concerns, Copley Station is closed for the entire day on April 15. Customers are instead encouraged to use Arlington Station (serving all Green Line branches), Prudential Station (Green Line E branch), Hynes Convention Center Station (Green Line B, C, and D branches), or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line.

From approximately 10 AM to 6 PM, above-ground Green Line stops at South Street (B branch), Kent Street (C branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C branch) will be closed. 

The Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines will operate a regular weekday schedule with rush-hour levels of service before and after the race with no scheduled station closures. 

bus Bus

Buses and trackless trolleys will operate a regular weekday schedule on April 15, though some bus routes will be detoured to accommodate the Marathon and other festivities. Pre-marathon events are also scheduled the weekend prior, resulting in route adjustments to various bus routes in and around Copley Square. Customers are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts and check the MBTA website for more information on these changes.

commuter rail Commuter Rail

All commuter rail lines will operate a regular weekday schedule with additional trains on the Framingham/Worcester Line to support additional crowds.

Additional train times are listed below:


StopTrain 9526Train 9528Train 9542
StopAshlandTrain 952610:10 AMTrain 952810:40 AMTrain 9542----
StopFraminghamTrain 952610:21 AMTrain 952810:51 AMTrain 9542----
StopWest NatickTrain 952610:26 AMTrain 952810:56 AMTrain 9542


StopNatickTrain 952610:32 AMTrain 952811:02 AMTrain 9542----
StopWellesley SquareTrain 952610:38 AMTrain 952811:08 AMTrain 954212:30 PM
StopWellesley HillsTrain 952610:43 AMTrain 952811:13 AMTrain 954212:34 PM
StopWellesley FarmsTrain 952610:47 AMTrain 952811:17 AMTrain 954212:38 PM
StopAuburndaleTrain 952610:53 AMTrain 952811:23 AMTrain 954212:43 PM
StopWest NewtonTrain 952610:57 AMTrain 952811:27 AMTrain 954212:48 PM
StopNewtonvilleTrain 952611:02 AMTrain 952811:32 AMTrain 954212:52 PM
StopBoston LandingTrain 952611:07 AM *Train 952811:37 AM *Train 954212:57 PM *
StopLansdowneTrain 952611:12 AM *Train 952811:42 AM *Train 95421:02 PM *
StopBack BayTrain 952611:17 AM *Train 952811:47 AM *Train 95421:07 PM
StopSouth StationTrain 9526Arrives at 11:22 AMTrain 9528Arrives at 11:52 AMTrain 9542Arrives at 1:12 PM


StopTrain 9527Train 9543
StopSouth StationTrain 95279:10 AMTrain 954311:30 AM
StopBack BayTrain 95279:16 AMTrain 954311:36 AM
StopLansdowneTrain 95279:21 AMTrain 954311:41 AM
StopBoston LandingTrain 95279:26 AMTrain 954311:46 AM
StopNewtonvilleTrain 9527----Train 9543----
StopWest NewtonTrain 9527----Train 9543----
StopAuburndaleTrain 9527----Train 9543----
StopWellesley FarmsTrain 95279:35 AMTrain 954311:55 AM
StopWellesley HillsTrain 95279:38 AMTrain 954311:58 AM
StopWellesley SquareTrain 95279:41 AMTrain 954312:01 PM
StopNatickTrain 95279:46 AMTrain 9543----
StopWest NatickTrain 95279:51 AMTrain 9543----
StopFraminghamTrain 95279:54 AMTrain 9543----
StopAshlandTrain 9527Arrives at 10:00 AMTrain 9543----

* These times indicate an early departure. The train may leave ahead of schedule at these stops.

ferry the ride Ferry and The RIDE

All commuter boat and ferry service as well as The RIDE service will operate a regular weekday schedule. 


Customers planning to park in an MBTA garage or lot should allow additional travel time and note that some garages and lots may fill very quickly due to heavy parking demand. Real-time parking capacity information for Alewife, Beverly, Braintree, Route 128, Salem, Quincy Adams, Wonderland, and Woodland continues to be tweeted from @MBTA_Parking.

Additional Information

Bicycles are prohibited onboard MBTA subway vehicles on April 15 and onboard the Framingham/Worcester Line (including folding bicycles) beginning at 8 PM on Sunday, April 14, through April 15.

Backpacks, coolers, cans, bottles, and large items are not permitted at the Marathon.

For the most up-to-date service information, please see T-Alerts, visit the, and follow the T on Twitter @MBTA and @MBTA_CR.

Photo by Ryan Hutton, Boston University News Service, made available by BU Interactive News on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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