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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is abbreviated MBTA, but everyone in Boston calls it “the T”. The T includes the first subway system in the United States, an extensive bus network and suburban commuter rail lines that reach north, south and west of the city. Amtrak passenger rail also connects Boston with all the other major Northeast Corridor cities including New York and Washington DC.

Boston, which was dubbed “The Hub” (of the universe) early in its history, has a hub-and-spokes highway system, with Boston at its center. Two ring roads circle the city: Route 128 and farther out Interstate 495. Interstate 90, aka the Massachusetts Turnpike (or “Mass Pike”) runs from downtown west to the suburbs, the western parts of the state... and all the way to Seattle. Interstates 95 and 93 connect the city to its northern and southern suburbs, and beyond. In fact, I-95 can take you all the way to Miami.

Logan International Airport, in East Boston, is just across the harbor from downtown. The airport is most conveniently reached by a highway tunnel under the harbor, but ferries from downtown wharves are also an option. Logan has been the main passenger airport for the entire New England region for most of the 20th century. As Boston metro has spread farther outward, several smaller airports have expanded to handle some of the regional and domestic traffic. These include:

T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. About an hour's drive south of Boston (depending on traffic and time of day). Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 50 miles north of Boston. And in the last decade, Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, Connecticut (about 90 miles from Boston) has been expanded from a regional airport to a major domestic and international airport situated almost exactly halfway between Boston and New York City. Bradley has become a much more convenient option for many people who would otherwise have to drive an extra hour (or more) to either Logan or JFK.

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