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Old 09-06-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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I'm looking to relocate to Boston with my boyfriend. We're trying to stay in the 1A area of the commuter rail. First question, is the commuter rail the best option or would the subway/bus prove better? Second, what apartments lie within the 1A section? I'm having a hard time trying to figure this map out as I've never been around mass transportation. I have a MBTA map of the commuter train sections, but not sure how to read it (I feel silly that I can't understand it). Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:16 PM
 
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Well, commuter rail is certainly a more comfortable ride, but if the goal is to live in 1A and keep down costs, then a bus-train (T) combo pass is going to be substantially cheaper, and get you to all the same places.

An awful lot of stuff lies in that zone, so a better question would be, what is your budget? Once people know that, they can suggest neighborhoods that might be a fit. What kind of neighborhood do you like to live in/what type of things do you like to do, etc.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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1A is a long stretch, South or North of Boston?
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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Thank you for those who responded.
I'm looking to spend no more than $1000 for an apartment and either South or North would be fine. It's more of us trying to stay within a specific budget.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:03 PM
 
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I think North has more apartments and more affordable apartments than South of Boston. I would think you could get a decent studio or 1 BR walking distance from these stops on the Newburyport line: (Salem, Lynn, Chelsea, Swampscott).
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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Could you clarify whether you would want inside or outside the city? You mention Route 1A which runs to both the New Hampshire and Rhode Island borders and lots of cities and town in between. Geographically, Boston is a small city.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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Could you clarify whether you would want inside or outside the city? You mention Route 1A which runs to both the New Hampshire and Rhode Island borders and lots of cities and town in between. Geographically, Boston is a small city.
You mis-read. She didn't mention Rte 1A - she wants to be within the 1a zone of the Boston commuter rail.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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I'm looking to relocate to Boston with my boyfriend. We're trying to stay in the 1A area of the commuter rail. First question, is the commuter rail the best option or would the subway/bus prove better? Second, what apartments lie within the 1A section? I'm having a hard time trying to figure this map out as I've never been around mass transportation. I have a MBTA map of the commuter train sections, but not sure how to read it (I feel silly that I can't understand it). Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
There's no reason to limit yourself to the commuter rail lines in Zone 1A - the subway and bus lines are more extensive and convenient in this area. If you buy the $70 monthly link pass for bus/subway, this is also valid for travel on the commuter rail stops within zone 1A. Not that you are likely to use the commuter rail for anything but a trip out to the suburbs.

There's no real mystery to public transportation... it would be best to just come up and try it out for yourself! It is truly wonderful to be able to walk everywhere you need in the city, and hop on the subway when you need to.

If you want to stay on the subway routes and spend $1000 (which might be difficult...), I'd recommend looking at Allston-Brighton (near the Green Line), Jamaica Plain/Roxbury (near the Orange Line), East Boston (near the Blue Line), or Dorchester (near the Red Line). You'll have to look at craigslist listings carefully on a map to determine how far of a walk they are from the nearest subway station.
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