A tourism sociologist writes a tourist guide for places near MBTA stations


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Metro Boston’s network of railroads and train stations may seem daunting, but one self-proclaimed “tourism sociologist” shares ways to take advantage of public transportation and reach tourist destinations located near stops.

WBZ’s James Rojas sat down with Kolya Lynne Smith, who says she just completed 15 months of being independent research project of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. From this study, Smith came up with a guide called “Take Transit To Travel: MBTA,” something that identifies attractions for those traveling by public transit. Smith’s Fruits of Labor is set to be released in September of this year.

To complete his research, Smith said that she has been to all active subway, commuter rail, bus and ferry stops on the MBTA system.

“I’ve been to 411 [stops] – it’s very surreal to me that I’ve been to all these places. As you travel, you will find all these different cultural areas around Massachusetts and learn about different cultures. I feel like I’m leaving the country without leaving the country,” Smith said.

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One of Smith’s favorite stops along the commuter rail from Worcester to Southborough offers walking access to Hopkinton State Park from the nearby station where paddle boats can be hired to reach Bacon Island.

“Restaurants, nature, history, culture, even playgrounds – I thought it would be really cool for a kid to go to a different playground every week. Which started out as a to-do list item and an escape from bullying, harassment and retaliation against by management in subsidized housing, expanded into an MBTA travel book for all to enjoy and a travel consulting business,” Smith said.

The travel consultant concluded her journey on the Hingham ferry and the 714 bus to Nantasket beach, where a party met her to mark the completion of the research.

WBZ’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.


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