Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Students, Faculty, and Staff Commuter Benefits  

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) is one of the largest public transit systems in the country, making it easy to get around.  Northeastern University’s Boston campus is directly served by the MBTA’s Orange and Green subway lines, and multiple bus lines.  From downtown Boston, take the Green Line “E” train outbound to the Northeastern stop.  The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at Ruggles Station.  Commuter rail lines also connect with the Orange Line train at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station.  Additionally, the Ruggles Station third platform expansion project is expected to be completed in 2020.  The project will enable more commuter rail trains to stop and provide direct service to Boston’s southern suburbs and the North Station and South Station transportation hubs.


Northeastern University offers students, faculty, and staff commuters extra benefits, making public transportation affordable and easy. 




Student Discounted Semester Pass Program

Northeastern University participates in the MBTA semester pass program offered for the Fall and Spring Semesters.  Students receive an 11% discount on passes and must enroll through their myNortheastern portal. Passes are distributed by the Husky Card Office.



  • The semester pass will save 11% off the standard monthly pass price
  • Passes can be purchased through myNortheastern – NUPay
  • 1 semester pass per student limit
  • Fall semester passes must be purchased between June through early August
  • Spring semester passes must be purchased October to Early December 


For additional questions on purchasing an MBTA pass through Northeastern, please email [email protected]




Northeastern Employee Program

Northeastern offers faculty and staff a comprehensive pre-tax commuter program using convenient payroll deductions.  Employees must enroll through their myNortheastern portal.



  • Pre-tax transit limit parking maximum limit is $270/month 
  • $270 monthly pretax limit can be used for either transportation or parking
  • Passes can be purchased through myNortheastern – Services and Links – HR Benefits & Services – Commuter Benefit
  • Ordering deadline is the first day of the month (approximately 30 days before the Pass Month)
  • Purchases are made through automatic payroll deduction


For more information, contact WageWorks at 877.924.3967, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, EST. 
or visit the HRM Commuting and Transportation Page

Related Links

Alternative Transportation

Alternative Transportation

Northeastern encourages alternative modes of transportation for convenient, healthy ways to lessen the environmental impact.

Learn more about Alternative Transportation
Bike Northeastern

Bike Northeastern

Information on bicycle infrastructure within Northeastern showing locations of bike racks, bike repair stations, and bike share stations on the Northeastern Campus.

Learn more about Bike Northeastern


Servicing public transportation in Greater Boston, Massachusetts

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