Subway & Buses
Boston has the proud distinction as the home of the world's first subway system, a system that is, today, the nations fourth largest. The subway, called the "T", is run by the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) who also runs a comprehensive system of buses, commuter rail lines, and ferries in addition to providing subway service. The T consists of four major train lines with corresponding color themes: red, green, blue, and orange, and a new express bus silver line makes service to airport more convenient.
MBTA.com offers a complete listing of its public transportation services in the greater Boston area. There you can find detailed maps and schedules, purchase passes, plan trips, check route distances and durations, find sales locations, and find out about bike policies.
The Fletcher School is located near the Davis Square T stop on the red line in Somerville. From there it is a ten-minute train ride into downtown Boston. The campus is also served by a half-a-dozen buses that traverse the neighborhoods that most Fletcher students live in. Although Davis Square is a brief walk from campus, a Tufts operated shuttle service runs every 20 minutes from campus to Davis Square.
The greater Boston area is serviced by a number of safe and reliable taxi services 24-hours a day. A good source of information on the local taxi services can be found at the City of Boston taxi page. Although not the least expensive way to get around the taxi's in Boston are affordable and accurate. For a complete listing of available services consult a local telephone directory.
Most students at The Fletcher School are not from Boston, Massachusetts, or even this side of the globe so many students have to fly to Fletcher. Flying in and out of the northeast is very easy as there are several international airports close to Boston, as well as Boston's own Logan international airport. The Following is a short list of the major airports a Fletcher student might use.
- Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts - Located in Boston, Logan is a major international travel hub, and is the most convenient airport for flying to Fletcher.
- T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI - At about an hours drive from Fletcher, T.F. Green is the second closest airport to the school and is a popular location for discount carriers.
- Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH - Comparable to T.F. Green, Manchester Airport is serviced by the smaller, lower cost airlines.
- John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City - Although most international flights are also offered to Logan in Boston, JFK is the air transportation center of the east coast and is approximately a 4 hour drive from The Fletcher School. Bus and train service between Boston and New York are offered several times daily from South Station.
Driving around Boston can be difficult for the first-timer, and this city is nationally famous for its drivers. Downtown Boston, which still maintains roads built when Massachusetts was a colony, can be confusing to an urban driver use to grids and patterned street names. Regardless, due to the city's size and its prevalence of drivers, Boston is a very drivable city. With the completion of the city's ambitious "Big Dig", traveling in and out of the city is a snap.