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Old 09-13-10, 07:18 PM
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Looking for info on MBTA commuter rail, Boston

Does anyone out there have any info about bikes on the commuter rail besides what is on the MBTA website? They do not allow bikes (except folders) on the train during "peak" times. This means that to ride my bike to work I would need to get on the train before 5:49am or after 9am in the morning, and before 3:30 or after 7:30 in the evening. This doesn't make any sense at all!!!! These are the times when people really need to take their bikes on the commuter rail!!! so...

I'm wondering if there is any flexibility in this policy?

Is the MBTA going to change this horrible policy anytime soon?

It's only for a month, so I don't want to go buy a folder. Any other ideas?
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Old 09-14-10, 05:18 AM
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There is ZERO flexibility. They give you a hard time about bikes. They might even place your bicycle on the locomotive. The MBTA is crazy and the conductors always have been out to get bikers in my take. Some of the old conductors from the Pennsy/NH days are not nice. There are younger guys whom want to take after their stride, too. If you violate one of their rules, which are based on nonsense, then you are up the creek. This is not like ever other commuter rail operation, which allow bikes.

The MBTA made a bike car in order to accomodate bike tourists and claim that it was trying to help. They took a useful normal car and removed half of the seats. It did not make any sense. It has to be specially switched out for a special event such as the Longso races. You could take the bike to the races!! woohoo!!

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Most of the buses have bike racks on the front. Where are you trying to get to and from?
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Forget trying to get a bike on the train on peak time. Won't happen. I had to sit for over 6 hours at South Station to get the 7:15 to Worcester. Got to Worcester at 9:30 in the rain. The last off peak to Worcester was at about 12:30 and due to the Ptown ferry getting late, I missed the train by 10 min. Conductors and other train management had no sympathy evren though the next train was almost empty leaving the station
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Old 09-15-10, 11:19 AM
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The only time they realy make allowances for bikes is the train that head for the beaches in the summer
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Can you lock the bike up at North or South Station (whichever you're going to) and just take it each day when you get in? South Station I know has a lot of bike racks, many leave bikes there overnight. Or is the bike too nice for that business?
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Bike policy MBTA - https://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/
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Folding bicycles are allowed at all times on all vehicles when folded.

I've met a few commuters who've bought folding bikes just so they can commute with their bikes on the MBTA commuter rail during peak hours. Even if you're here for a month, it could be worth it, especially since it would not be difficult to sell it on Craigslist around here.


My experience with bikes and the MBTA has only been positive during off-peak hours. I organized a Midnight Ride before the Boston marathon and conductors were happy to accommodate all 45 of us from South Station:


I've also brought my bike on while touring. Whenever I take my bike on from it's been from South Station and conductors always direct me to one of those half empty cars.

I don't recommend locking bikes up at south station ever. I know a several people who have had their bikes stolen from there when leaving it locked up overnight.

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