The University

Public Transportation


We encourage you to take public transportation to UMass Boston, especially during the opening weeks of the semester when traffic volume can be very high. The MBTA offers many ways to reach the university—subway, commuter rail, bus service, and “The Ride.”

MBTA Subway or Train with Free UMass Boston Shuttle

The University of Massachusetts Boston is located less than a mile from the MBTA’s JFK/UMass Station, which serves both the Red Line (subway) and the Old Colony Line (commuter rail). Discounted passes are also available to students, through Student Life, and faculty and staff, through Human Resources.

The university runs a regular, free shuttle bus service between the JFK/UMass stop and the campus. The trip normally takes less than ten minutes.

NOTE: SHUTTLE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE EVERY DAY EXCEPT NEW YEAR'S, THANKSGIVING, AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

Shuttle Bus Service

  Monday-Thursday Friday
Regular Schedule 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. every 5-7 minutes
9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. every 10-12 minutes
6:30 a.m.-6:40 p.m. every 5-7 minutes
6:40 p.m.-10 p.m. every 10-12 minutes
  Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Regular Schedule 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. every 20 minutes 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. every 20 minutes

8 a.m.- 5:45 p.m. every 20 minutes

  Monday-Friday
Regular Schedule 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. every 5-7 minutes
  Monday-Friday
Regular Schedule 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

MBTA Bus Service

MBTA “The Ride”

“The Ride” offers door-to-door service for eligible people who cannot use public transit because of a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. For information, call 617.222.5123, 800.533.6282, or 617.222.5415 (TTY); or email theride@mbta.com. Drop-off locations are the Campus Center and the Clark Athletic Center.

MBTA Schedule Information

For more information on MBTA schedules and routes, visit the MBTA website; or call 617.222.3200, 800.392.6100, or 617.222.5146 (TTY).