The Waltham area is served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, one of the nation’s most comprehensive mass transit systems. It lies between two major highways-Route 128/I-95, the inner loop, and Interstate 495, the outer loop, that encircles the region west of Boston. A number of east/west highways connect these and other western suburbs with Boston, its airport, and port facilities. Route 20, which crosses the state from east to west intersects with Route 128 in Waltham.
The region is also conveniently located close to the beaches of Cape Cod and Newport, Rhode Island. In just one hour you can be at the Sagamore Bridge, gateway to Cape Cod. For the mountain lover, the peaks of the Kangamangus Highway in New Hampshire are just a two-hour drive north. Jump on the Mass Pike west and within one hour, you can taste the many cultural splendors of the Berkshires.
Driving in Massachusetts By Car
Driver’s License/Auto Registration
Registry of Motor Vehicles, Boston (617) 351.4500
To Register a car, you must show proof of ownership, show insurance certification, and have car inspected within 7 days of registration.
To obtain a driver’s license, you must pass an examination, a vision screening, and take a driving exam, unless you have a valid license from another state.
Safety belts and approved child restraints for children under 5 are required.
For a Waltham West Suburban area map, call the Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce
(781) 894.4700 x.120
You can download an official Massachusetts Transportation map here.
For general Massachusetts Highway information, contact the Mass Highway Department
For car pool information and more, call:
The 128 Business Council (781) 890.0093
CARAVAN for Commuters (888) 4-COMMUTE
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) provides mass transit services to Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Lexington and Belmont. It also operates THE RIDE bus service for the elderly and disabled.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website
For general information (617) 222.5000
For route information (617) 222.3200
MBTA Express Bus (20-30 minutes) to South Station & Financial District.
MBTA Commuter Rail (10-20 minutes) to Porter Square & North Station.
Brush Hill Tours/Bean Town Trolleys
Greyhound Bus Lines
Trailways Transportation System
The region is served by Logan International Airport in downtown Boston. One of the busiest airports in the world, Logan will soon be connected with the Massachusetts Turnpike by a new harbor tunnel. The airport is accessible via Boston¹s subway, express shuttle buses, and a water shuttle from downtown Boston.
Airport information (800) 23-LOGAN
The Port of Boston is one of the country’s oldest international ports and is a day closer to Europe than any other port on the East Coast. It has three public and 23 private terminals.
Boston Harbor Commuter Service schedule & ticket information (617) 227.4321
Massachusetts Port Authority (617) 568.3100
The Greater Boston area is serviced by Amtrak, which provides passenger service between Boston and New York City. There is also MBTA commuter rail service with a stop in Waltham.
MBTA Commuter Rail
North Station, Boston (617) 722.3200
South Station, Boston (800) 872.7245