Access to healthy, affordable food is vital to the wellbeing of people who live in Greater Boston.
The MBTA facilitates and promotes community farmers markets, providing space on MBTA property, offering free parking, and ensuring they’re accessible by public transit.
Former railway lines that run through more than 50 communities in eastern Massachusetts have been turned into safe, beautiful trails for walking, biking, and exploring nature.
The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
A 10-mile paved path that connects Alewife Station in Cambridge with Depot Park in Bedford, the Minuteman Rail-Trail travels through and is maintained by the communities of Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge.
The trail provides walkable and bikeable access to transit stations and passes by numerous wildlife and historical sites, including the 250-acre Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bruce Freeman Trail
A 25-mile route that runs along the old New Haven Railroad right of way, the Bruce Freeman Rail-Trail will ultimately connect the communities of Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham.
Phase 1 of the trail is now open to pedestrian and bike traffic in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford. The remaining phases of the project are expected to be complete by 2020.
Community Recycling Events
A few times a year, the MBTA invites residents of local communities to get rid of banned waste items for a small fee. In the program’s first year, the MBTA collected 300,000 pounds of waste, including 35,000 pounds of electronics.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Since 2012, the MBTA has collected more than 6,000 cell phones for soldiers stationed overseas. The organization has set a goal to collect 10,000 cell phones by 2018. Donation boxes are located at the Park Plaza building and Back Bay station.