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Taking the T to MIT
Fondly known as the “T,” the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) built America’s first subway and boasts a comprehensive grid of underground and surface trains, trolleys, and buses. MIT Sloan is located at the Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line of the “T.” From the Kendall/MIT station, walk east on Main Street toward the Charles River for two blocks to Wadsworth Street, on your right. Walk down Wadsworth for two blocks to Memorial Drive. 50 Memorial Drive is on your left, with the main doors on Memorial Drive.
The MBTA website can help you navigate the many ways of transportation to get to the campus and travel around the Greater Boston area.
From any “T” Transit Stop
To find MIT Sloan, go to any subway station. Inside the station, look for the color-coded map of the subway system. We are located on the Red Line at the Kendall Square Station.
When you exit the Kendall Square Station on Main Street, look for the bank sign at the corner of Wadsworth Street. Take a right on Wadsworth, cross the street, and walk half a block toward the Charles River, and you will reach the MIT Sloan plaza. When you walk up the steps to the plaza, the MIT Sloan library is straight ahead and the back entrance to 50 Memorial Drive is on your right.
By Public Transportation from Logan Airport
Access to MIT Sloan from Logan Airport on the “T” transit system is straightforward. Take the free airport shuttle bus from your terminal to Airport Station, which is on the Blue Line of the subway. Take an inbound Blue Line train to the Government Center stop. Walk up one flight of stairs and take a westbound Green Line trolley to the next stop, which is Park Street. Here, you can board an outbound Red Line train by walking down one flight of stairs to the Alewife platform. The Kendall Square stop is just two stops away.
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