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The MBTA is prepared for the July 4 festivities with an increase in service for the thousands of people traveling to and from the Esplanade.  Along with more service, bus, subway, and commuter rail fares will not be collected from 10:30 p.m. to the end of service on Sunday, July 4.

With the increase in service and addition of T personnel and Transit Police prepared to help customers to their destination, MBTA General Manager Rich Davey said, “I am encouraging people to take public transportation to the esplanade. The T is the most efficient, safest, cost effective way to get to one of Boston’s busiest holiday celebrations.  Be smart and leave the driving to us.”

Below is the MBTA’s operating schedule for Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5.

•    Blue, Green, Orange, and Red Lines will operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4 and 5, with an enhanced schedule on July 4 providing extra service for customers heading to and from the Esplanade.  
•    Commuter rail trains will operate on a Saturday schedule with all of the last trains, but one, departing at 11:45 p.m. (approximately 45 minutes after the fireworks display ends).

The sole exception is Train #1173 to Newburyport*, which will depart North Station at 11:15 pm.


More schedule information after the jump.

Leaving North Station

Line            Train#        Ordinary Departure Time       4th of July Departure

Fitchburg                     1415                       11:30 pm                              11:45 pm
Haverhill                     1225                        11:30 pm                              11:45 pm
Lowell                         1315                       11:30 pm                              11:45 pm
Newburyport*              1173                        10:15 pm                              11:15 pm
Rockport                     1125                        11:30 pm                              11:45 pm

Leaving South Station

Line                        Train#           Ordinary Departure Time      4th of July Departure

Franklin/Forge Park       1719                  11:20 pm                                11:45 pm
Greenbush                    1085                  11:00 pm                                11:45 pm   
Kingston                       1041                  10:40 pm                                11:45 pm
Middleboro                   1015                  10:50 pm                                11:45 pm
Needham                      1617                  10:45 pm                                11:45 pm
Providence                   1817                  11:10 pm                                11:45 pm
**** Note:  Service available to Providence on train 1817*****
Worcester                    P567                   11:00 pm                                11:45 pm

Bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4 and July 5, with extra bus service on key routes serving the Esplanade area on July 4:

            Route #39 (Forest Hills Station — Back Bay Station via Copley Square)
            Route #57 (Watertown Square — Kenmore Station via Brighton Center)

•    Special express bus service between Arlington and Riverside Stations.  This service will supplement Green Line service at the end of the fireworks display.

Special RIDE shuttle vans will be available to carry persons with disabilities between the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary parking lot and the Esplanade.  This service will start at 8:00 a.m. and run through 6:30 p.m. for transportation to the seating area reserved for persons with disabilities.  Return service will be available at the conclusion of the event.  Note:  There will be no extra charge for this shuttle, nor will there be any fare charged for service as customers depart the Esplanade. 


•    Hingham commuter ferry will not operate on July 4 and will operate on a revised weekday schedule on July 5. 
•    Hull commuter boat will not operate
•    Quincy commuter ferry services to Long Wharf and Logan Airport will operate on a Saturday schedule on July 4, and a Sunday schedule on July 5.
•    The Charlestown Navy Yard to Long Wharf inner harbor ferry will operate on a weekend schedule on July 4, and a regular weekday schedule on July 5.

Get the most up to date information on T service to the Esplanade at or call the T’s Customer Service Center at 617-222-3200. 

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