Useful Things

Here is a list of links and resources which I find myself frequently drawing upon. Hopefully you will find it useful! Please feel free to suggest others in the comments below.

This page will be periodically updated.

Historical Maps

Ward Maps, and their Massachusetts Transit Maps collection, (don’t miss their atlas collection, giving a block by block view of the city over the decades, such as the 1895 edition) and their sister site, Boston In Transit (don’t miss their track plan sets!)

Maps of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, archived at Wikimedia Commons

Public transport maps of Boston, archived at Wikimedia Commons

Historical Timetables

Amtrak Timetable Archive, 2008-present, maintained by Christopher Juckins

The Museum of [Amtrak] Railway Timetables, 1970-2016

Train timetables of the United States, archived at Wikimedia Commons — be sure to click through to the Boston & Maine, the New York, New Haven & Hartford, and the MBTA Commuter Rail sub-categories

Historical Reference

Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA District 1964-2021, by Jonathan Belcher

Boston Street Railway Association

The Annual Reports of the Boston Transit Commission, 1895-1918, archived at Wikimedia Commons

Present-Day Maps

TransitMap.net

Vanshnookenraggen’s MBTA Track Map

Vanshnookenraggen’s NYC Track Map

Vanshnookenraggen’s Chicago Track Map

Vanshnookenraggen’s blog

CartoMetro.com — highly detailed track maps of London, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles, and dozens of other systems

Present-Day Data (Ridership and Performance), Studies, and Reference

MBTA Better Bus Profiles — in my (hot take) opinion, this is the most valuable collection of MBTA ridership data and analysis on the web, at least for non-professionals; it’s an extraordinary level of detail, balanced by easy-to-read analysis and summary

MBTA “Blue Book” Open Data Portal — get access to all the ridership data

The 2014 MBTA Blue Book — the last version of the “Blue Book” that was published in pdf form; if the Open Data Portal is a little daunting for you, this can be a suitable alternative in a pinch

Amtrak State Fact sheets, including ridership numbers per station

Christopher Juckins’ website, including regional Amtrak maps and the Amtrak Status Maps Archive Database, providing a wealth of data on Amtrak’s on-time performance

RIPTA Rider Survey Report — this is the only per-route ridership breakdown I’ve been able to find for RIPTA

Present-Day Reference

NYCSubway.org — a treasure trove of photographs of transit systems around the world, as well as a long-running collection of NYC Subway track maps

Miles In Transit — lots of detailed detailed descriptions of many many bus routes and stations

TramReview.com

BostonStreetcars.com

The MBTA Vehicle Inventory Page

Present-Day Studies

The 2018 South Coast Rail DSEIR

The Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan, including track diagrams for proposed expansions of the NEC

Tools

Speed-Time-Distance Calculator

OpenRailwayMap

OpenStreetMap

The Wayback Machine — can’t find an old schedule? Looking for an old map? Always check here!

Wikipedia’s List of colors by shade and List of tertiary- and quaternary-color terms — need to think of some colors beyond ROYGBIV (or ROYGBP) to name your transit lines? Look here for inspiration!