Current MIT employees and students can buy subsidized annual Bluebikes memberships and ride at a discounted hourly rate. The subsidized annual membership for MIT employees and students is $35 (regularly $99). Follow these instructions to sign up or renew as a member of the MIT group. An MIT certificate is required in order to register. To learn more about Bluebikes, visit their site.

Public Transit

Subway (or the “T”), bus, and train

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) oversees local subway, bus, and train/commuter rail service in the Greater Boston area. The MBTA recently posted a comprehensive guide on how to utilize their services: “How to Ride the MBTA – The Basics“.

For degree students, MIT subsidizes 50% of the cost of monthly MBTA subway/bus passes (“T” passes). Your MIT ID as your “Charlie Card” (subway/bus card). This is not available to non-degree and visiting students. Student discounts can be found at the Atlas Center at E17-106 or visit the Student T-Pass Program website.

If you have family or friends visiting from out of town, they can save money with a Charlie Card. Obtain a Charlie card from an MBTA customer service agent at various stations, including Harvard and Park Street.

With Charlie cards, the fares are cheaper than with a Charlie ticket (paper ticket): For the subway, a Charlie ticket is $2.75 one way; a Charlie card is $2.25 one way.  

Buses: Charlie ticket is $2.00; Charlie card is $1.70

Commuter Rail:

Varies from $2.25-12.50 one way

$10 Commuter Rail weekend passes (unlimited Saturday & Sunday travel). Can buy ticket on train.