Transportation

Headline:

The MBTA is no longer requiring masks, however, they continue to follow CDC guidelines and encourage riders to wear a mask on public transit.

Last-reviewed: 10am, Jan. 17, 2023

Key Resources:

The Basics:

  • RMV Service Centers may handle walk-in transactions, but will prioritize services by appointment. Use the myRMV Online Service Center to make a reservation or to complete more than 40 transactions online.
  • The RMV is making a change to stop residents from getting a free month (or more) before getting their annual inspection.
  • The US Department of State has country-specific advisories for international travelers.
  • The CDC has guidelines on international travel based on COVID-19 risk in each country. See the full CDC Guidance for additional information.
  • People can take unlimited Commuter Rail trips on Saturdays and Sundays for $10.00. Learn more here.
  • Contact the MBTA’s new Mobility Center for information about accessible transit options and other community transport resources.

The Breakdown:

  • MBTA bus Routes 23, 28, and 29 are now fare-free. 
  • For service updates, visit the MBTA Alerts page. Riders can also sign up for text or email alerts through the T-Alerts system.
  • RIDE users will be able to use the RIDE Flex program to book on-demand service through Uber and Lyft. RIDE users must sign up for this pilot program.
  • Masks are no longer required on public and private transportation with the exception of The RIDE (MBTA’s paratransit service). The MBTA still encourages riders and employees to wear masks on all MBTA property, including vehicles, stops, and stations.
  • Some RMV services are available at AAA locations by appointment.
  • The RMV is making a change to stop residents from getting a free month (or more) before getting their annual inspection. As of November 1, 2022, car inspection stickers will be based on the month that your last sticker expired, rather than the month you got the actual inspection. Read the rule change here.
  • Massachusetts voters have upheld a new law to allow individuals without legal status to apply for and receive a standard driver’s license if they show documents proving their identity, date of birth, and MA residency. The law will permit undocumented noncitizens to apply for a driver’s license beginning July 1, 2023.
  • MassHealth and Health Safety Net members may qualify for curb-to-curb transportation to vaccine appointments. Members should ask their doctor to submit a transportation request (i.e., a “PT-1 form”). If they have difficulty with the process, they can also call 1-800-841-2900 for assistance getting transportation approved or check the FAQ.
  • Inbound air travelers to the US are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID. Find more information here.
  • Before traveling internationally, travelers should check for guidance from the US Department of State or sign up for alerts through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Before traveling between states, travelers should check for guidance from each state that they plan to enter.

The Bottom Line:

  • Before traveling internationally, travelers should check for guidance from the US Department of State. Before traveling between states, travelers should check for guidance from each state that they plan to enter.