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Greater Boston is a metropolitan region in Massachusetts, centered around the city of Boston. It is one of the most densely populated and economically significant regions in the United States. Here is a detailed geographical and transport description of Greater Boston:

Geographical Description

  1. Boundaries and Areas:
    • Greater Boston encompasses the city of Boston and its surrounding areas, extending to the suburbs and exurbs.
    • It includes parts of Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, and Plymouth counties.
  2. Topography:
    • The region features a mix of coastal, urban, and suburban landscapes.
    • The eastern edge is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, providing a diverse coastline with harbors, bays, and beaches.
    • The terrain ranges from flat coastal plains to rolling hills inland.
  3. Key Areas and Neighborhoods:
    • Boston Proper: The central area, including neighborhoods like Downtown, Back Bay, South End, and Beacon Hill.
    • Cambridge and Somerville: Just across the Charles River, known for their universities (Harvard, MIT) and vibrant cultural scenes.
    • Brookline and Newton: Affluent suburbs with historic homes and excellent schools.
    • Quincy and Braintree: Located to the south, known for their historical significance and residential communities.
    • Medford and Malden: Northern suburbs with diverse populations and robust public transportation.
  4. Rivers and Water Bodies:
    • Charles River: Flows between Boston and Cambridge, famous for its scenic esplanade and rowing activities.
    • Mystic River: Located to the north, flowing through areas like Medford and Everett.
    • Boston Harbor: A natural harbor and estuary, essential for maritime activities and tourism.

Transport Description

  1. Public Transportation:
    • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA): Operates an extensive network of subways, buses, commuter rail, and ferries.
      • Subway System (The “T”): Comprises four main lines (Red, Green, Blue, Orange) connecting key areas in and around Boston.
      • Commuter Rail: Connects Boston with suburban and exurban communities across Eastern Massachusetts.
      • Buses: Extensive bus network providing local and express services.
      • Ferries: Service between Boston and several waterfront communities, including Charlestown and Hingham.
  2. Major Highways:
    • Interstate 93 (I-93): Runs north-south through Boston, connecting the city to New Hampshire and the south shore.
    • Interstate 90 (I-90) / Massachusetts Turnpike: Runs east-west, extending from Boston to the New York State line.
    • Route 128 / Interstate 95 (I-95): Encircles the city, providing a key outer beltway.
    • U.S. Route 1: Runs parallel to I-93 and provides an additional north-south route.
  3. Airports:
    • Logan International Airport (BOS): The primary airport, located in East Boston, serving domestic and international flights.
    • Hanscom Field: A smaller regional airport located in Bedford, used for general aviation and some commercial services.
  4. Biking and Walking Infrastructure:
    • Bike Lanes and Paths: Increasingly extensive network of bike lanes and dedicated paths, including the popular Minuteman Bikeway.
    • Walking Paths: Numerous pedestrian-friendly areas, especially along the Charles River Esplanade and in historic districts.
  5. Water Transport:
    • Water Taxis and Ferries: Operate within Boston Harbor, providing connections between waterfront neighborhoods and to the Boston Logan Airport.
  6. Intercity Transport:
    • Amtrak: Provides rail services connecting Boston to other major cities along the Northeast Corridor, including New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.
    • Bus Services: Numerous intercity bus services, such as Greyhound and Peter Pan, connect Boston with other major cities.


Greater Boston is a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area with a rich history and dynamic economy. Its geographical diversity ranges from coastal regions to suburban communities, and its transport network is extensive, integrating public transit, highways, and air travel to support both local and regional connectivity. The MBTA forms the backbone of public transportation, while major highways and Logan International Airport provide critical links for longer-distance travel. The region’s focus on expanding bike and pedestrian infrastructure reflects its commitment to sustainable urban mobility.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.