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Transportation

Cambridge residents commute by car 1/3 as much as the average American.

Greenline

Green Line train pulling into the old Lechmere Station. 

Public Transit

Overview

Cambridge has many options for travelling within and to neighboring cities. In Cambridge, the MBTA has 27 bus routes, 2 rapid transit lines, and the Fitchburg Commuter Rail line. Using public transit is an effective way to mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions. By taking buses, subways, and the commuter rail, we can reduce our impact on climate change. 

Image of person riding a bike in a separated bike lane on a busy street

Bike Facilities

Overview

Many people in Cambridge choose to use a bicycle to get around. Some do it for convenience, others for exercise, and yet others because it is economical. The City promotes bicycling as a sustainable and equitable form of travel. Bicycling also supports both individual and public health goals of promoting healthy exercise. It is important that our roads not only accommodate people who bicycle but invite them to do so – whether they are eight years old or eighty years old.

Visit the Community Development website to learn more about what the City is doing with bike planning, data and tracking, reporting, and advice for getting around!

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We measure bike facilities based on the total length of bike lanes, paths, and marked roadways designed to support cyclists.MilesMiles of Bike Facilities
We measure bike facilities based on the total length of bike lanes, paths, and marked roadways designed to support cyclists.MilesMiles of Bike Facilities
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Bluebikes

Overview

Bluebikes is Metro-Boston’s bikeshare system, with more than 4,000 bikes at over 423 stations throughout Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Somerville, Everett, Chelsea, Revere, Newton, Salem, Somerville, Arlington, and Watertown. Bluebikes is an important part of Cambridge’s transportation network, offering an accessible, affordable, and sustainable option for biking without the need to own a bicycle. Riders can sign up as annual or monthly Bluebikes members, or rent on a per-use basis. Check out how the City is partnering with Bluebikes to bring more stations and bikes into Cambridge. 

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One way to measure the success and popularity of Bluebikes, both in Cambridge and systemwide, is by looking at the growth in annual memberships.MembersNumber of Members
One way to measure the success and popularity of Bluebikes, both in Cambridge and systemwide, is by looking at the growth in annual memberships.MembersNumber of Members
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Electric Vehicles

Overview

Electric vehicles (EVs) are powered by electricity rather than fuel (gasoline or diesel) and do not release any harmful emissions from the tailpipe. EVs also help reduce GHG emissions. As our electricity supply becomes cleaner, so do the electric vehicles.

One major challenge to widespread adoption of EVs by residents of dense urban neighborhoods like Cambridge is the lack of reliable access to electric vehicles supply equipment (EVSE). In other words, access to a charging station. By supporting a network of EVSE throughout Cambridge, the City can help facilitate the switch from vehicles that run on fuel to vehicles that run on electricity. Workplace and public charging also ensure EV owners will be able to charge while on longer trips.

Stay up to date with what Cambridge is doing around electric vehicles and charging

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To understand how many people are switching from fuel to electric powered vehicles, the City tracks the percentage of registered vehicles that are EVs.% of EVsEVs as a % of Total Vehicles
To understand how many people are switching from fuel to electric powered vehicles, the City tracks the percentage of registered vehicles that are EVs.% of EVsEVs as a % of Total Vehicles
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Where the Energy Goes

In fossil fuel cars, only 16-25% of the energy from gasoline actually makes to the wheels to move the vehicle. Electric vehicles on the other hand convert 86-90% of electrical energy in the battery into power at the wheels.  Electrifying transportation will decrease the overall amount of energy we use for transportation in addition to avoiding fossil fuel GHGs. 

How You Can Help

How You Can Help


Through the online Bicycle WikiMap tool, Cambridge residents, workforce, commuters, and visitors can provide feedback, input, and suggestions on how our city streets and paths can better support bikers.
A Bluebikes membership can be annual or monthly, and includes unlimited rides for up to 45 minutes. You can borrow a bike from any station and return it to any other station within the system.
Find out which plug-in fits your lifestyle best using this EV selection guide from the Sierra Club
Screenshot of a website with a guide to purchasing electric vehicles