MBTA Services and Discounts

MBTA Services

The deadline to purchase discounted MBTA passes for the spring semester is January 6th, 2017.
Please purchase a pass through Student Services.

The MBTA (the “T”, commuter rail, city bus system) is the best way to get around Boston, notably because parking is scarce as well as expensive. Take advantage of tools such as the MBTA Rider Tools or mobile MBTA apps like Pocket MBTA or Catch the Bus. Charlie Cards can also get you discounts at restaurants, museums and more.

Medford Campus

Subway: Take the Red Line to Davis Square. Tufts Medford Campus is a quick 15 minute walk.

Commuter Rail: Take the Fitchburg Line to Porter Square. For all other lines, go to North or South Station.

Inbound Buses Outbound Buses
#80 to Lechmere Station via Medford Hillside
#94 to Davis Sq Station via West Medford
#96 to Harvard Station via Davis and Porter Sq
#80 to Arlington Center
#94 to Medford Sq via West Medford
#96 to Medford Sq via Harvard Sq and Davis Sq

All Outbound & Inbound Buses Stops at:

  • College Ave and Power House Square
  • College Ave and Professors Row
  • College Ave and Boston Ave
  • Boston Ave and Tufts Garage (Dowling Hall)
  • Boston Ave and Fairmont St
  • Boston Ave and Winthrop St

Boston Campus

Visiting directionsSubway: Orange line to Tufts Medical Center Station. Other nearby MBTA stops are Downtown Crossing (Red/Orange Line) and Boylston (Green Line).

Commuter Rail: Commuter rail to Back Bay or South Station. Tufts Boston Campus is about a 12 minute walk from South Station or a 20 minute walk from Back Bay.

Bus Services:

  • #11 City Point Downtown Bayview Route
  • #43 Park St & Tremont St via Tremont
  • #55 Park St & Tremont St via Copley Station
  • SL5 Silver Line Downtown—Dudley Station

*For Schedules, Maps and Rider Tools, visit: mbta.com

MBTA Discounts

Faculty and Staff

Boston employees receive a 25% discount toward the purchase of bus, train, or commuter rail MBTA passes. Save money by using pre-tax money to buy your train, bus, and subway tickets and/or your vanpool or commuter parking. All it takes is a quick online or phone order to get a pass or debit card delivered to your home every month.

Medford faculty and staff can use pre-tax funds to pay for transit passes and tickets. All it takes is a quick online or phone order to get a pass or debit card delivered to your home every month.

For more details, see hr.tufts.edu and click ‘Commuter Benefit Program’ under ‘Benefits.’


Boston-based Health Science School students (Medical, Dental, and Nutrition Schools and Public Health Professional Degree programs) are eligible to purchase an MBTA semester or monthly pass at a 25% discount over regular “T” prices. Grafton-based Veterinary School students are eligible to purchase an MBTA Semester Pass at an 11% discount. For more details, click here.

Order forms for discount semester passes for students on the Medford/Somerville campus are available on the Student Forms webpage of the Student Services website.  The deadline to order fall semester passes is August and the deadline to order spring semester passes is January. Order forms are typically posted on the Student Services website the month prior to the order deadline (i.e. in December and July).