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Below are some links and contact information for various forms of transportation. For much more information on these topics, including access to student discounts and passes, see the Graduate Student Life page on transportation, the BC Parking Office page, and the BC Transportation web site.

Public Transportation

Local

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA): Note that we're at the west end of the Green B line. Subway service stops at around 12:30 each night. The MBTA can also be reached at 617-722-3200.
  • BC Shuttle: Boston College runs its own bus shuttle services from several stops on BC down to Cleveland Circle and Bluestone Bistro on Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Taxis:
    Veteran's Taxi Service: 617-527-0300
    Bay State Taxi : 617-566-5000
    Independent Taxi: 617-426-8700
    Checker Taxi Cab: 617-536-7000
    Boston Red Cab: 617-734-5000

Out of Town

  • Amtrak: 800-USA-RAIL
       Amtrak — South Station: 617-482-3660
       Amtrak — Back Bay Station: 800-871-7245
  • Peter Pan: 800-343-9999
  • Greyhound Bus Lines: 800-231-2222
  • Continental Airlines: 800-525-0280
  • Delta Airlines: Delta runs hourly shuttles to both New York City (LGA) and Washington, DC (Reagan) that are pretty inexpensive for students. Call 800-221-1212.
  • Northwest Airlines: 617-267-4885
  • United Airlines: 800-241-6522

Parking

Parking on Campus

For details on parking on campus, see the Boston College Transportation and Parking Services webpage.

Parking for Off-Campus Residences

Unless your landlord provides a parking space for you, you should not plan to keep a car in Boston. Overnight street parking is not allowed in some nearby communities. Pay attention to towing signs, street cleaning, meters, residential parking, and special permits. Many neighborhoods provide permit-parking stickers to their residents, however, this does NOT guarantee a parking space. To get a resident sticker, your car would have to be registered in Boston (which has extremely expensive mandatory insurance).

Resident parking permits are only issued at Boston City Hall, which is located at Government Center. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday. To obtain a City of Boston (Allston, Brighton) resident permit, you must present your vehicles valid Massachusetts registration certificate indicating your vehicle is principally garaged in Boston. You must also provide proof of residency by presenting one of the following documents: gas bill, electric bill, telephone bill, cable bill, credit card bill, or bank statement.

The Boston Registry of Motor Vehicles can be reached at 617-351-4500.