Riverside (D) Green Line in Newton
Where can I go?
- Red Sox games, Symphony Hall, downtown, medical centers.
- Transfer to other subway lines to get to countless other destinations.
Tip: when there’s a Red Sox game, trains can be crowded. Leave early.
Occasionally there is weekend busing on the parts of the Green Line. You can check the MBTA website for service alerts.
Where are the closest stations?
Eliot and Newton Highlands are the closest to Needham. The Green Line Information Page lists the stations. Scroll down to the D Line and click on the station for information on location, number of parking spaces, accessibility, bus connections, etc.
What are the fares? (effective July 1, 2019)
- $2.40 with hard plastic Charlie Card.
- $2.90 with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board.
- Children eleven and under ride free when accompanied by an adult, with a limit of two children for each adult.
- Fares at 50% discount (and free for the blind/visually impaired) are available for seniors 65+, persons with disabilities, and students, but they need special cards.
- One-Day ($12.75) and Seven-day ($22.50) “LinkPass” for bus/subway are also available where Charlie Cards are sold.
- A monthly bus/subway pass is $90.00.
How do I pay?
- Hard plastic Charlie Cards offer the cheapest fares. Simply tap the card on the fare box or subway gate. They are available at Back Bay, South Station, Park Street and other locations . The card itself is free. Add value with cash or credit card at the fare machines at all subway stations, or online. You can also obtain and add value to a Charlie Card at the Needham Junction ticket office for cash only. (Open M-F 6 a.m. to 9:45 – you can park briefly in front of the station.)
- Paper Charlie Tickets can be purchased at fare vending machines at all subway stops. As with the Charlie Card, you can add value to the Charlie Ticket, but the fare is 50 cents higher than with the hard plastic Charlie Card.
- Cash on board is accepted but holds up the line. Purchase a Charlie Ticket from the machine, or better yet, have a Charlie Card.
- Tip: Charlie Cards expire after 5-10 years (new cards have the 10-year expiration). On newer cards, the expiration date is on the bottom right of the card. If not, tap your card at a Fare Vending Machine and use the Card/Ticket Information button to find the expiration date under the general information section of the screen.
Questions about the Charlie Card or Charlie Ticket?
Parking: No more stuffing bills into slots!
- $6 cost at all times, including weekends and holidays.
- In Newton, there are small outdoor MBTA lots at Waban, Eliot and Chestnut Hill stations (no MBTA lots at Newton Highlands or Newton Center). Woodland Station has a parking garage with plenty of spaces – although may fill up for Red Sox games. Riverside has a large outdoor lot — pay attendant upon entry.
- Pay by cash or credit card at the Woodland parking garage.
- At Waban, Eliot, or Chestnut Hill stations, you must pay electronically with the PaybyPhone system (download the free app, get a web account, or call the number posted at the station and follow the prompts). For $70 you can get a monthly parking pass.
- Don’t want to bother with an account? If you are not a regular commuter or would prefer not to sign up for PayByPhone, an invoice notice will be mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner for every day the vehicle is found unpaid in the parking lot at the end of each month. The invoice will include a $.50 surcharge per day in addition to the parking fee. Payments can be made online, by phone, or via mail.
- Tip: Finding a weekday parking space at Waban, Eliot or Chestnut Hill can be tough after rush hour. Woodland has a large garage with good availability during the day, and Riverside has a big outdoor lot.
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