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Orange Line: Alternative Forms of Travel

UPDATE: The MBTA's Orange Line reopened on Monday, September 19, 2022. You can learn about the permanent street changes the City of Boston is putting in place. This website contains an archive of the City's efforts during the Orange Line shutdown.

In addition to shuttle bus routes, the City of Boston is helping residents access other modes of accessible, affordable travel.

Other MBTA Options


During the 30-day shutdown, riders can use the Commuter Rail within the City of Boston at no charge simply by showing a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket on board. This encompasses Zones 1A, 1, and 2 on all Commuter Rail lines.

The CharlieCard does not need to be loaded with funds to access the Commuter Rail. Simply show your CharlieCard to the conductor to ride the train. During the shutdown, the City of Boston is distributing CharlieCards at Boston Public Libraries, Boston City Hall, and over a dozen BCYF community center locations. Check our CharlieCard Access Initiative website for a full list. 



To help the Chinatown community, the City worked with the MBTA to get a stop added to the Silver Line - SL4 outbound route. The Surface Artery at Kneeland Street stop creates direct access to Chinatown from South Station. This is an important connection for previous southern route Orange Line riders who have switched to the Commuter Rail during the shutdown.

City transit officials are working on wayfinding street markings in Chinatown and translated guides. We want commuters in this area to be aware of Green Line, Silver Line, and Red Line alternative routes.

You can also check the MBTA’s website for the latest on travel alternatives:

MBTA information


The City of Boston is offering free 30-day passes to Bluebikes, the City's public bike share. Passes are available on the Bluebikes website and in the mobile app. Check our guide for details:

Bikes Lanes and Access

Preparations are being finalized for a temporary bike lane on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. This will provide a safe and protected bike connection from Dartmouth Street, the end of the shuttle bus route, to the separated bike lanes that begin at Arlington Street.

Temporary separated bike lanes:

  • have been installed on Columbus Avenue in the South End, and
  • will be added on the Alford Street Bridge in Charlestown.
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