Transportation

Wellesley students have more regular access to the resources and entertainment opportunities in the greater Boston area than any other suburban campus.

That's thanks to the College's own transportation and Boston's public transit systems.  The MIT Exchange and Senate Buses run on weekdays and even more frequently on weekends to locations in Cambridge and Boston's Back Bay; the Wellesley-Olin-Babson Shuttle and the Movie-Mall Shuttle take you to other local colleges and attractions in the area.  Both on-campus shuttle stops are a short walk from your residence hall.  The Wellesley Square Commuter Rail stop (on the Framingham/Worcester line) is located in the ville; the Woodland stop (on the Green Line of the "T"- the MBTA subway system) is only a few miles away.  

TRANSPORTATION UPDATES:

 

Transportation Updates from Friday, October 11, 2019

 

 

October 9, 2019

 

Fall Break Transportation Schedule

 

 

 

October 8, 2019

 

UPDATE:  The construction at Vassar and Massachusetts Avenue should end on Thursday, October 10th.  Beginning Friday, October 1th we expect to be able to restore the Kendall and Vassar Street stops between 7:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M.  

 

 

September 12, 2019

 

The ongoing project in Cambridge preventing the Exchange Bus from turning onto to Vassar Street between 7:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. weekdays is expected to last until October 1st.  During these hours, the Exchange Bus will not stop at the Vassar Street stop or the Kendall stop.  It will stop at 350 Mass. Ave, 77 Mass. Ave. and the Marlboro Market.  Please plan accordingly.  I will post an update next week.

 

Please remember the first weekends of fall semester the Senate Bus experiences extremely high ridership.  The peak departure times from campus and especially, the return trips from Boston/Cambridge will fill to capacity.  Standees are not allowed.  It will be necessary to plan ahead and board buses at alternative times.  Do not count on boarding the last several buses from Marlboro as they will fill quickly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUS AND SHUTTLE COMPANY CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

LOCAL MOTION:  Students needing an update or assistance with an issue/problem on the Exchange Bus or the Senate Bus should call Local Motion Dispatch at (781) 535-6371 or 6372.

 

JFK TRANSPORTATION:  Students encountering a problem with the BOW Shuttle or the Movie-Mall Shuttle can call (508) 653-4500 for help.

 

LOCAL MOTION/RIDESYSTEMS TRACKER APP:

 

To download the app go to the App Store/Play Store

Search RideSytems - Look for a blue "R" 

Select:  "Wellesley College"

Once downloaded select a route you want to view.

 

 

Reimbursement Policy:

- Wellesley College is not responsible for costs incurred when buses run late or miss a departure due to circumstances beyond the control of Local Motion.  This includes inclement weather, traffic conditions, vehicle breakdown and highway construction.

- Students will not be reimbursed if they cannot get a seat on a bus.  The purchase of a ticket, token, or punch pass does not guarantee a seat on a specific departure.  Buses that fill are not eligible for Uber, Lyft, or MBTA reimbursement.

- Students will not be reimbursed if schedule and/or stop changes have previously been posted and announced.

- Students will not be reimbursed if a bus driver does not allow you to board the bus at a non-designated stop i.e. you see the bus at a stop light and ask to board.  You will not be reimbursed under these circumstances.  

 

Reminders:

 

-Smoking, alchohol, food and drink, including water bottles, are NOT permitted on the buses.

-ID cards must be shown when boarding all buses.  Have your Wellesley ID ready to show the driver when you board the bus.  Guests of Wellesley students are allowed to board the buses.  They are expected to have a ticket, token or punch pass to offer the driver as they board.  Guest Passes are not requirued but they are available from Peter Eastment, peastmen@wellesley.edu

-Bicycles may transported on the buses.  The bus driver will open the lower luggage compartment and you may place your bike in the compartment.

-Bus drivers cannot make unscheduled stops.

-Occasionally, replacement buses are used.  There will be a sign in the front window, but when in doubt, please ask!

-All departure times are approximate.  Please arrive at least five minutes before the scheduled departure time at all stops.

-Once a bus is full, standees are NOT allowed on any of the buses. 

Public Transportation

Local Taxi Service

  • The AirPorter - (by reservation only!) 781-899-6161 or Toll Free 877-899-6161
  • Bostonia Taxi - 617-816-TAXI (9314)

  • JFK Taxi - 508-653-4500 - **Special Logan Airport Rate = $65.00**
  • Metro Cab in Allston 617-782-5500 accessible/wheelchair ready taxis
  • Red Cab - 617-734-5000
  • Sun Taxi - 800-SUN-TAXI
  • Tommy's Taxi - 508-872-3500
  • Veterans Taxi - 781-235-1600
  • Wellesley Transportation - 781-235-2200