Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or MBTA for short, operates bus, trolley, trackless trolley, subway/rapid transit, ferry, and commuter rail service in Boston, Massachusetts, and its suburbs. MBTA also provides service to Greater Boston, as well as Rhode Island, connecting with RIPTA. MBTA is the largest transportation agency in Massachusetts and the 8th largest in the United States overall.

Headquarters Location

MBTA Headquarters is located at 10 Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts

Bus Operations

MBTA over one hundred bus routes, with each of them being numbered in a range that makes them easily identifiable. With the exceptions of the Crosstown Routes (which are respectively numbered CT-2, and CT-3) all MBTA bus routes are numbered depending on where or how they operate.

Silver Line Bus routes are dedicated rapid bus routes that wear a special livery, all originating in downtown Boston. These lines are numbered SL1 through SL5. , , and operate via Silver Line way and use the subway fare, whereas the and operate via Washington Avenue and take traditional local bus fare.

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MBTA Neoplan AN440LF 0532 at the Harvard Tunnel Entrance

Boston local bus routes operate within the city of Boston. Most of these routes were originally Boston Railway routes. Generally, the further from South Boston you are, the higher the number For example, you’d see Routes 4, 7, and 9 near Boston South Station but most of the upper 100 series routes are in Medford. Route numbers for bus routes in this division typically lie within 1-130 (currently, the highest is 121). Routes 71 and 73 in the Harvard area were trackless trolley lines until March 2022.

Bus services to the suburb of Melrose are numbered in the 130s range.

There are also early morning one-direction bus routes from Nubian Station numbered in the 170s, and service to eastern Boston Subway Station numbered in the 190s. The 190s cannot be found on any maps or timetables due to the fact that they are meant for subway cashiers but are open to the public

Routes in the 200 series serve the Quincy area. Most routes in this range terminate at Quincy Center station. Routes 201 and 202 are special routes in this range, that are known as “Fields Corner Loop.” These two routes as well as route 240 are the only 200 series routes that do not connect with the Braintree branch of the .

400 series routes serve Lynn and North Shore areas. Most of these routes serve to connect with the .

MBTA’s 500 series are express bus routes that operate via the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). For the most part, these bus routes operate to downtown Boston and charge a premium fare ($4.45). Route 502 and 503 instead go to Copley Station (but still are premium fare lines).

MBTA also operates some contracted bus lines, most of these are numbered in the 700 series.

Local Bus Fleet

MBTA’s local bus Fleet consists of mostly New Flyer Buses, with a few (soon-to-be retired buses) built by Neoplan.

YearMake/ModelImageEngine/TransmissionFleet NumbersNotes
2005Neoplan
AN440LF
image0.jpgCaterpillar C9
Allison B400R-5
0401-0593-Currently Retiring
-0488 has a Cummins ISL engine
2006-
2007
New Flyer
D40LF
Cummins ISL
Allison B400R-5
0601-0754
2008-
2009
New Flyer
D40LF
Snapshot_-_371.pngCummins ISL
Allison B400R-5
0756-09100910 was originally numbered 0755
2010New Flyer
DE60LFR
DSC02900.JPGCummins ISL
Allison Ep50
1200-1224
2014-
2015
New Flyer
XDE40
“Xcelsior”

Cummins ISB
BAE Systems HybriDrive
1400-1459
2016-
2017
New Flyer
XDE60
“Xcelsior”
DSC02908.JPGCummins ISL9
BAE Systems HybriDrive
1250-1272
2016-
2017
New Flyer
XN40
“Xcelsior”
 
DSC02897.JPG
Cummins ISL-G
Allison B400R6
1600-1774
2016-
2017
New Flyer
XDE40
“Xcelsior”
DSC02901.JPGCummins ISB
BAE Systems HybriDrive
1775-1924

3000-3005
3000-3005 contracted to Paul Revere Transportation
For use on routes 712 and 713
2018-
2020
New Flyer
XDE40
“Xcelsior”
DSC02906.JPGCummins B6.7
BAE Systems HybriDrive
1925-2118

3100-3159
MBTA Local Bus Fleet Roster as of July 11th, 2022

Silver Line Bus Fleet

The Silver Line bus fleet is assigned to specific lines. See the “used on routes” tab for more details.

YearsMake/ModelImageFleet NumbersEngine/TransmissionUsed on Routes
2005Neoplan
AN460LF
MBTA Silver Line Dual Mode ETB1101-1120Detroit Diesel Series 60

2016New Flyer
XDE60
DSC02902.JPG1273-1293
______________
1294*
Cummins ISL/
BAE Systems HybriDrive
________________________
Cummins ISL/
BAE Systems HybriDrive ER*

2019New Flyer
XE60
MBTA Silver Line XE601295-1296Siemens Electric Propulsion
System

MBTA Silver Line Fleet Roster as of July 11th, 2022

Notes:
1294 is a 2018 Model, with an extended range battery. Used on routes , , and .

MBTA Rapid Transit Lines

Rapid Transit Rail Operations

MBTA also operates subway and rapid transit lines within Boston. These lines are identified by color with the exception of the “Mattapan High-Speed Line,” which is referred to as such.

Green Lines can also be identified individually by each route they are. Green Line routes are B, C, D, and E. Green Line A service was replaced by bus route 57.

Rail Cars for MBTA are assigned to specific lines, and usually named referring to such. Below shows each car type and which lines they are assigned.

YearsMake/ModelImageFleet NumbersUsed on
1946-1947Pullman PCCSnapshot_-_351.png3087, 3230, 3234,
3238, 3254, 3260,
3262-3263, 3265,
3268
1969-
1970
Pullman
No 1. Red Line
01500-01523
01600-01651
1979-
1981
Hawker-Siddeley
No. 12 Orange Line
01200-01319
1986-
1988
Kinki-Sharyo
Green Line Type-7
DSC01615.JPG3600-3699
1987-1989UDTC
No. 2 Red Line
Snapshot_-_376.pngSnapshot_-_432.png01700-01757
1993-1994UDTC
No 3. Red Line
Snapshot_-_434.png01800-01885
1997Kinki-Sharyo
Green Line Type 7
3700-3719
1999-2007Breda
Green Line Type 8
DSC02905.JPG3800-3894
2007-2009Siemens
No. 5 East Boston
Snapshot_-_367.png0700-0793
2017-2019CAF
Type 9
3900-3923
2018-2023CRRC
No 14. Orange Line
1400-1561
2019-2023CRRC
No 4. Red Line
1900-2151
MBTA Subway Elevated and Light Rail Fleet Roster as of July 13th, 2022

Commuter Rail (Coming Soon)

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Sources:

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