Transportation accounts for nearly 30% of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, accessible and equitable transportation are crucial links for ensuring all Bostonians can reach jobs, education, health care, affordable housing, healthy food, culture, and open space opportunities.
Boston continues to rise to the challenge of balancing our historic landscape with the need to adapt and evolve to meet our changing mobility needs. Public transportation, walking, biking, carpooling, car-sharing, and ride-sharing are all pieces of the puzzle that will help Boston meet its climate and sustainability goals, while supporting transportation that serves all Bostonians.
Hubway is metro-Boston's public bike share program, with 1,600 bikes and 180 stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient transportation option for quick trips around town.
As part of Boston’s Complete Streets mission and the City’s commitment to sustainability, the City wants to ensure Boston is outfitted with the equipment electric vehicles require to operate safely and conveniently. EVboston demonstrates that the City is looking ahead to accommodate all modes of transportation and to welcome electric vehicles to Boston.
Vision Zero Boston is the City of Boston’s commitment to focus city resources on proven strategies to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in Boston by 2030. The modes of transportation that are low- or no-carbon are the most vulnerable to serious injury, or present challenges of adoption without safer infrastructure.
As a part of the Boston Transportation Department, the Boston Bikes team works to make bicycling fun, safe, and accessible.
Boston Air Pollution Control Commission
The Boston Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC) works to maintain healthy air quality and noise levels in the City of Boston.
GET MORE INVOLVED
For businesses, organizations, or institutions
Explore the resources from A Better City’s Sustainable Buildings Initiative.
For community groups
Greenovate Neighborhoods is a great way to connect to other residents who are helping implement the City’s Climate Action Plan. Here are a few other active groups that provide resources to communities:
Expanding access to public transit is one piece of the puzzle to help Boston reach its goals for reducing pollution from transportation. The City of Boston doesn’t operate the T, but we care a lot about its operations and future.
Public Transit in Boston
MBTA — The City of Boston does not run the MBTA, but it’s a great resource and partner for climate action.
We can improve health and build community when we shift our streetscape and culture to better support safe and accessible modes of active transportation like biking, walking, or other non-motorized transportation modes.
Active Transportation in Boston
- Getting Around Boston — Whether you’re walking, taking the T, riding a bike, or car sharing, there are many ways to get around Boston.
- Help improve sidewalks and road conditions — You can help improve Boston's sidewalks and roadways by reporting unsafe conditions with BOS:311
Biking is a great way to get around Boston. Many resources exist to help you get started, and the place to find those is through Boston Bikes. As a part of the Boston Transportation Department, the Boston Bikes team works to make bicycling fun, safe, and accessible.
Bikes in Boston
Boston Bikes - The City of Boston’s Transportation Department works to make bicycling fun, safe, and accessible.
Electric Vehicles (EV)
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are cars or other transportation vehicles that are powered in part by electricity -- not just traditional gasoline from the gas pump. These types of vehicles usually save people money, and produce less pollution from the tailpipe. They can often offer other benefits to people, depending on their preferences.
EVs in Boston
- Map of public charging stations
- Boston-area purchasing program (Mass Energy)
- Massachusetts tax credits and incentives
Other Information about EVs
- Electric Vehicles 101 - Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
- Electric Vehicles Everywhere - Energy.gov guide to help you find the best electric car to meet your needs
- Electric Vehicles Guide - Sierra Club guide to help you find the best electric car to meet your needs
- Federal government tax credits and incentives