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

  • Route 1 buses run non-stop from the JFK/UMass Station to the Campus Center, weekdays only, on the following schedule:
  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 
  • Route 2 buses run from the JFK/UMass Station to the Clark Athletic Center, the Campus Center, the Massachusetts Archives, the JFK Library, and the university's Early Learning Center, on the following schedule: (Note: The bus does not stop at the Early Learning Center on the weekends. It does make all other stops.)
  Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Regular Schedule 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. every 10-15 minutes 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. every 20 minutes 8 a.m.- 5:45 p.m. every 20 minutes
  • Route 3 buses run non-stop from the UMass Boston Bayside Lot to the Clark Athletic Center and the Campus Center, weekdays only, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Buses will pick up riders at both the Campus Center and the Clark Athletic Center. Buses run every 5-7 minutes.
  Monday-Friday
Regular Schedule 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. every 5-7 minutes

MBTA Bus Service

  • Route 8 MBTA buses run daily from Kenmore Square to the campus between 5:15 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. The MBTA bus stop on campus is located in the Campus Center circle.
  • Route 16 MBTA buses run from Forest Hills to the campus Monday through Friday during rush hour. The MBTA bus stop on campus is located in the Campus Center circle.

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 circle 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).