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Rail map layout - Boston

Rail map layout

Rail for the Commuters Commuter Rail Review

The rail is maybe the better way to ride into downtown if in the suburbs. I stayed out in Danvers; 15 miles away. After finding the parking place and rail line, the rest was okay to drop you off at north station in downtown. Fare costs, though, I believed were rather steep, and are to go up again soon. It cost $5.25 each way and is based on zones of distance to travel. It takes about 30 minutes to get downtown. To get on the rail, you have to wait until the posting on the digital board signifies which track the train will arrive. Then, during the rush hour there is a "rush" to get to a desired seat

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Type: Train

Website: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2008
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Station inside - Boston

Station inside

Get Tickets at one end or the Other Commuter Rail Review

Whether you are taking the subway, or rail, or Amtrack, the main stations in Boston downtown are South and North; that being called TD NOrth Bank Garden. I am not sure where the garden was; mostly concrete. GEt your tickets before getting on, or at the stations. Otherwise a additional costs is $1-2 on board each way. YOu can get 10 day types also

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Type: Train

Website: http://www.mbta.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 17, 2008
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Go through the tunnel from east end - Boston

Go through the tunnel from east end

Parking for the rail Commuter Rail Review

Commuting to get to the downtown may be difficult if you cannot find d spot for the vehicle first. I drove all around Salem a while before I finally found a place on an off street that was free. The cost in the normal lot is only $2 a day, and right next to the rail track in Salem off Hwy 107, but all places are taken I guess by 7-8AM, leaving little choice but to drive until you find a slot

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Type: Train

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 16, 2008
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Prking ast the wharf charge - Boston

Prking ast the wharf charge

Parking Available

There are parking places in the Boston downtown area. Be prepared for high cost, at least from a Midwestern price point. Down at the wharf area, it is $16 a day, and I suspect the other lots closer in to the center are $20+. I did see some private lots that offered lesser rates at about $8-10 a day. There may be a catch, though?

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 16, 2008
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Map of subway lines - Boston

Map of subway lines

Subway Short Ride T / subway Review

I believe the use of subways must be for the immediate locals living within a couple of miles of downtown. The lines do not go out further than that. To get farther out, then a transfer to bus, or rail is needed, so why do it? Also the costs are based on zones, and subway costs is $2.00 to $4.75 for the area covered. Going out farther then costs additional zone fare to final termination point.

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Type: Subway/Metro

Website: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 16, 2008
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Road consdtruction alert - Boston

Road consdtruction alert

Vehicle

The main arteries coming form downtown are I-90 Turnpike. and I-95 and I-93. There is no real belt loop to get around the suburbs, so traffic can congest when traveling point to point. Be prepared for slow traffic, and road work seemed to be prevalent in a number of areas.

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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 15, 2008
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