PRESS RELEASE - May 8, 2003

Car-Free in Boston - the Ultimate Transit Guide Returns
Rubel BikeMaps and the Association for Public Transportation announce the long-awaited 10th edition

It's back! Car-Free in Boston, the area's ultimate transit guide since 1977, is back and better than ever. Covering everything from getting around the T, to how to get to Arnold Arboretum, to how often Amtrak trains run, this book is both an essential guide for newcomers, students, and visitors, as well as a valuable resource for long-time residents.

The how-to portion is especially useful to newcomers, students, and tourists—explaining the fare system, which platform to wait on, waving down a bus, and all the other essentials. The where-to portion is a quality travel-guide, offering "insider" descriptions of all the popular areas of Boston plus destination towns in Eastern Massachusetts, each with recommended excursions one can easily do by train, bus, or ferry. Maps are included for many of these areas to make it even easier to get oriented.

For those who know their destination, or those who are looking for fun new things to do, Car-Free offers listings with transit directions to literally hundreds of places, including museums and attractions, colleges, hospitals, shopping areas, beaches, theaters, and more, as well as available transit options for virtually every city and town in Eastern Massachusetts.

And the route details are all there, too—every route of every branch of service, MBTA and non-MBTA alike, is detailed—the stations or streets served, the frequency of service, how long trips will take, and where transit connections are possible.

In print since 1977, this latest edition marks a new partnership between the book's author, the Association for Public Transportation (APT), and publisher Rubel BikeMaps. "We have all been conditioned to just hop in the car and drive," said APT President, Fred Moore. "While parking is difficult and car-ownership is costly, mass transit is easy and inexpensive. Yes! You can get there from here—and our handy guidebook makes it easy!"

"I am a usability nut," says Rubel BikeMaps Owner, Andy Rubel. "APT and I share the goal of making transit riding easy, so I tried to make Car- Free as user-friendly as possible. We expanded the index and organized the book more logically, so it's easy to find everything." Along with BikeMaps staff, Rubel brought in graphic designer, Steve Novick, to give Car-Free a smart new look both inside and out, and editor, Jeff Perk, whose experience as a local travel writer was invaluable.

The Association for Public Transportation (APT) advocates for better public transportation and promotes increased ridership. A copy of Car-Free in Boston is included with membership. For more info or to join, PO Box 51029, Boston, MA 02205, email, or visit

Car-Free in Boston costs $9.95 and will be available by May 21st from your favorite bookseller (ISBN 1-881559-76-9), on-line at Globe Corner Bookstore, or at eMapStore, or via mail order by sending a check for $9.95 plus $2 (media mail) or $4 (1st class) to Rubel BikeMaps, PO Box 401035, Cambridge, MA 02140. For more info visit or email info[insert at-sign here]

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Last update: 2003 May 10