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Old 09-13-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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Hi there. I'm considering moving to Boston next year to attend esthetician's school. I have an opportunity to stay with my sister in Allston, for free, and the school I'm looking at is located at: 222 Boston Avenue Medford, MA 02155. I won't have a car because it will be too much of a hastle. So far the quickest route I've found is taking two buses, all together about two hours round trip. Does anyone have any other commuting suggestions? I'm willing to suffer a bit since it's only a five month program and I do have a free place to stay. Is it safe to take the bus in Boston? How much does a pass cost? Any advice would be helpful. I'm moving from Montana so living in a city is all new territory for me!
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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The bus is safe and the monthly pass, which is good for the subway, too is pretty cheap, at $59. About the only alternative option I might suggest is biking, if that's something you do. It would be faster than the bus.
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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I don't plan on riding a bike. That just seems like too much work, especially in the winter which will be the time I'm in school. Is the bus pretty reliable, or do I need to give extra time so I'm not late?
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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The bus is generally reliable...until it's not. Getting stuck in traffic, breaking down-anything that can hamper a car can do the same to a bus. If you have a smartphone, there are several apps that tell you when a bus is arriving in real time. These are invaluable.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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Reliability also varies quite a bit by route. The buses that I use are quite reliable, but I'm not familiar with the ones that you'd be riding Emily. I hear lots of complaints about buses in Cambridge, Sommerville, and Medford, so they may indeed be less reliable. You'll need to plan extra time at first, just to get a sense of how they run. After that, you may find that the hour is pretty accurate.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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I take the bus in Cambridge (and have in Somerville) and don't find them to be, on the whole, any more or less reliable than those within Boston city limits, though there may be some with more limited schedules, especially on weekends (I'm assuming her sister lives near a Green Line stop so that may be less of an issue). It depends more on the route and traffic patterns.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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I do have a smartphone, are there any apps you suggest for bus schedules? Thanks for all the input!
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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I recommend using NexuS. It provides real time data on bus locations. There is a list of this and other apps on the MBTA website. Nexus has really improved the usability of the bus system for me, because it tells you when you can actually expect the bus to arrive. Here's the link to the apps listing:

MBTA.com > Online Trip Planning Tools
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the info! This has all been very helpful and made me feel better about taking the bus
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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For some reason, my spellcheck changed the word I wanted to NexuS, but what I meant to write above was NextBus, which is actually a web feed. You can either use the website directly, or alternatively, most of the apps listed on the MBTA page draw their data from it. Either way, it is very accurate, often within a minute of when they say the bus will arrive.
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