Transportation

Headline:

The Orange Line and the Green Line between Government Center and Union Square reopened on September 19.

Last-reviewed: 9am, Sept. 22, 2022

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 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.
  • The MBTA has issued a Rider’s Guide: Student Edition with transportation information and tips.
  • The Orange Line and the Green Line between Government Center and Union Square reopened on September 19.

The Breakdown:

  • MBTA made fare changes that include the addition of a 5-Day Flex Pass, lowering the 1-Day LinkPass price, and creating a 7-Day LinkPass for reduced fare riders. MBTA is also offering unlimited travel on the Commuter Rail for $10.00 every weekend. Visit the MBTA for additional information.
  • The MBTA reopened the Orange Line on September 19. Find more information here under the “Orange Line” links or with this Rider’s Guide and Rider’s Guide: Student Edition. Green Line service between Government Center and Union Square reopened on September 19.
  • 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).
  • Some RMV services are available at AAA locations by appointment.
  • The RMV continues to designate Wednesday appointment hours for customers 65 years of age or older.
  • The MA legislature overrode Governor Baker’s veto of a bill (H.4805) 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 new law will permit undocumented noncitizens to apply for a driver’s license beginning July 1, 2023 unless the law is overturned by voters in November.
  • 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.
  • As of June 12, 2022, 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.