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Silver Line 3 Chelsea (SL3)

Updated on August 7, 2018

New SL3 station at Eastern Ave in Chelsea, MA

About the Project

Timeline: 2015-2018
Status: Complete

What is the SL3?

If you live in East Boston and Chelsea, there’s a new way to get where you need to go: Silver Line 3 Chelsea (SL3)

The SL3 travels through Chelsea and East Boston to Logan Airport, the Seaport District, and South Station. It makes connections to many area bus routes (including the 111, 112, 114, 116, and 117), as well the Blue Line, Red Line, and Commuter Rail.

Silver Line buses are larger than regular MBTA buses, with room for more passengers as well as luggage and strollers. And don’t worry about getting stuck in traffic—the SL3 travels in dedicated bus-only lanes through Chelsea.


Where does the SL3 stop?

The SL3 stops at 4 new Silver Line stations in Chelsea and 5 existing Silver Line stations in Boston:

Where does the SL3 connect to other bus routes?

You can make quick, easy connections to bus routes 111, 112, 114, 116, and 117 at the new Silver Line stations in Chelsea.

What are the new stations like?

All new MBTA Silver Line stations include:

  • Sheltered waiting areas
  • Canopied bike racks
  • Raised boarding platforms and tactile warning strips
  • Emergency/customer service call boxes

Are the SL3 stations and vehicles accessible?

All SL3 vehicles are accessible to people with disabilities. Every station features raised boarding platforms with tactile warning strips.

Bellingham Station is accessible via the north side of 6th St.


When does the SL3 run?

View the SL3 schedule

    DayFirst inbound tripLast outbound tripFrequency
    DayMonday – FridayFirst inbound trip5:00 AMLast outbound trip12:55 AMFrequencyEvery 10 minutes during peak times (7 – 9 AM and 4 – 6 PM)
    Every 12 minutes during off-peak times
    DaySaturdayFirst inbound trip5:30 AMLast outbound trip12:55 AMFrequencyEvery 12 minutes
    DaySundayFirst inbound trip6:30 AMLast outbound trip12:55 AMFrequencyEvery 12 minutes

    A one-way, end-to-end trip between Chelsea Station and South Station takes about 30 minutes.


    How much does the SL3 cost?

    A single-ride fare on the SL3 is a standard subway fare:

    Transfers to other subway lines are free.


    What are the buses like?

    silver line bus exterior

    SL3 rapid transit buses are roomier and offer a smoother ride than other MBTA buses. Like other Silver Line buses, they include plenty of space for luggage if you're going to the airport.

    All Silver Line buses are accessible to people with disabilities.

    silver line bus interior

    How does the Chelsea Street Bridge impact the SL3?

    We alert SL3 drivers before the bridge goes up and provide alternate routes based on real-time traffic information. Those alerts will be available to the general public soon.


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