Improving transit for the Boston Marathon 2024: service updates and preparations from the MBTA

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has unveiled its comprehensive service plan for the highly anticipated Boston Marathon, which takes place on April 15, 2024.

As an integral part of the event, the MBTA has taken proactive measures to meet the influx of spectators and participants, according to what the main public transportation service in the state of Massachusetts announced in a press release this Friday.

In the release, the MBTA provides a detailed overview of preparations, service adjustments, station closures, fare recommendations and parking information.

In this article, we offer readers a comprehensive guide to navigating the day of the marathon.

The MBTA’s specialized team and safety measures:
Aware of the importance of the Boston Marathon, the MBTA has set up a specialized team made up of managers from various departments, including operations, lanes, signage and safety.

This team will closely monitor the system throughout the day, ready to resolve any unforeseen problems effectively and efficiently, the MBTA has promised.

Representatives stationed at the unified coordination center will ensure seamless communication and coordination with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Framingham.

The Transit Police Department will provide active monitoring and strong support, with additional staff and transit ambassadors strategically positioned throughout the system to offer assistance and maintain cleanliness.

Improved buses and commuter trains:
To make it easier for spectators to get around, the Line 1 bus will operate on an enhanced schedule on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with buses arriving up to every 5 minutes.

The Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line will offer additional outward and return journeys to accommodate the expected increase in ridership.

Station closures and alternative options :
Copley station will remain closed for public safety reasons, and alternative stations such as Arlington, Prudential, Hynes Convention Center or Back Bay will serve all branches of the Green Line and Orange Line.

In addition, some Green Line surface stops, including South Street (Branch B), Kent Street (Branch C) and St. Mary’s Street (Branch C), will be closed from approximately 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional service adjustments or temporary station closures near the marathon finish line may be implemented to ensure public safety on Marathon day.

Service information and timetable updates:
The Green, Red, Orange, Blue and Silver Lines will operate on a normal weekday schedule on April 15, with additional service before and after the race.

Buses will follow the Saturday schedule, with some routes diverted to accommodate the marathon and related festivities.

In particular, line 1 buses will operate on a reinforced schedule on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with arrivals approximately every five minutes.

Commuter rail services will run on a normal weekday timetable, with the exception of the Framingham/Worcester line, which will have a special timetable for Marathon Monday.

Ferry, RIDE paratransit and bicycle restrictions:
Ferry and “RIDE” paratransit services will maintain their usual weekday schedules, with possible detours to accommodate the Marathon and related events.

Bicycles will be prohibited on all MBTA subway vehicles during the day of the Marathon, and certain restrictions will apply to trains on the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line.

Fare recommendations for a seamless journey:
To ensure a seamless fare experience, the MBTA recommends that commuter rail passengers purchase the $10 “Holiday Weekend Pass”.

This card allows unlimited travel in all zones and stations from Saturday April 13 to Monday April 15.

Passengers without a monthly card are advised to load at least $5 onto a CharlieCard for metro and bus travel.

In addition, the MBTA’s 7-day pass, priced at $22.50, provides unlimited travel for one week from the date of purchase on the subway, buses, commuter rail Zone 1A and ferries, the MBTA reminded.

Parking considerations:
Passengers planning to use MBTA garages or lots on April 15 are advised to allow extra travel time due to high parking demand.

The Boston Marathon is a highly anticipated event that attracts thousands of visitors to the city every year.

The date of April 15 coincides with the bomb attacks on April 15, 2013, which claimed the lives of 3 people and injured more than 260 others, 17 of whom lost limbs.

Since these attacks, additional measures have been taken to prevent the recurrence of such acts.

Police officers are deployed along the entire route and in the surrounding areas to ensure the safety of participants.

For further information on the measures taken by the MBTA, please visit their website by clicking on the link below:


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