Somerville is located to the northwest of Boston, north of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, Somerville was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award. It is home to Tufts University, which has its campus along the Somerville and Medford border.
Somerville Public Schools is one of the top urban districts in the state. The city serves a diverse and dynamic population of more than 5,000 students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Each school has its own character, culture and role. Please visit us during Open House weeks. Learn more by reading our Guide to the Somerville Public Schools!
MBTA buses and trains run within and through Somerville. Plan your trip and view maps on their website. Be sure to check if you qualify for a reduced fare! The MBTA also offers paratransit service with The Ride.
Eligible seniors can schedule rides with Door2Door for grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, and more.
If you regularly take the train to work, you should register for MassDOT’s Emergency Ride Home program. They’ll help you get home for free if you ever experience an emergency during your commute.
We work to ensure that everyone who bikes in or through Somerville stays safe on the road. Check out our bike facilities guide if you need help understanding what all the new road markings mean. Then, use this bike routes map to plan your next trip!
Tips for Cyclists
Somerville is one of a handful of Boston-area communities that has a bike share partnership with Blue Bikes. If you’re interested in riding more but don’t own a bike, you might want to sign up for a Blue Bikes membership. Take a look at the station map. You may even be eligible for a discounted income-based membership!
Visit the Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee (SBAC) site for more information.
There are plenty of fun ways to go for a walk in Somerville. Here are some great options:
Short on time? Check out the Somerville Walks map to get some ideas for quick, 5-minute walks near key transportation hubs.