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Directions, Parking, and Commuting Options for the MGH Institute

Charlestown Navy Yard
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129-4557

The MGH Institute is easily accessible.

Arriving by Car

These directions guide visitors to the Catherine Filene Shouse Building (Shouse), 36 First Avenue, to the research labs in Building 79/96, to the main parking garage (Building 199) in the Charlestown Navy Yard, and to One Constitution Center (OCC) and Two Constitution Center (2CC).

Please note that due to the street numbering used inside the Charlestown Navy Yard, Mapquest, Google Maps and other online map services often show "36 First Avenue" as being 1-2 blocks away from its actual location. To get accurate location for map services use as a search term: 36 First Avenue, Boston 02129.

Directions to the Shouse Building
From the North via I-93: Take exit 28 "Boston/Sullivan Square/Charlestown" to Maffa Way. Take a slight right onto Rutherford Avenue. Get in the left hand lane and turn left onto Chelsea Street. Follow Chelsea Street to the 3rd traffic light and turn right at 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, then turn left onto First Avenue.

From the North via Route 1 South: Follow Route 1S over Tobin Bridge ($3 toll). Take "Charlestown/Somerville" exit. At first light, turn right onto Rutherford Avenue and bear immediately into the left-turn lane. At the light, turn left onto Chelsea Street. Follow Chelsea Street to third traffic light and turn right at 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, then turn left onto First Avenue.

From the South via I-93: Take the Government Center, Exit 23. Stay in the right-hand lane. Bear right as you exit the tunnel.  At set of lights take a left onto Cross Street.  Turn slightly right onto Joe Tecce Way/North Washington Street. Go through two sets of lights.  Go over the bridge.  North Washington Street turns into Rutherford Street/MA-99. At the end of bridge turn right onto Chelsea Street. Follow Chelsea Street to third traffic light and turn right at 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, then turn left onto First Avenue.

Alternately, drivers wishing to avoid TD Garden (formerly the Fleet Center) event congestion, should stay on I-93 and pass over the Zakim Bridge to Exit 28, "Sullivan Square". At the end of the off ramp, head toward the Schrafft's building into the rotary, turn onto Bunker Hill Street and take it all the way to Chelsea Street. Turn right onto Chelsea Street and make an immediate left onto 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, (then turn left onto First Avenue.

From the West: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to I-93 North. Follow directions for "From the South via I-93," above.

Directions to the Research Labs in Building 79/96 13th Street in Charlestown Navy Yard:

  • Follow the driving directions above to Chelsea Street.
  • Follow Chelsea Street to the fourth traffic light.
  • Turn right onto 13th Street.
  • Building 79/96 is the first building on your right.

Directions to the Main Parking Garage (Building 199) in Charlestown Navy Yard:

  • Follow the driving directions above to Chelsea Street.
  • Follow Chelsea Street to the fourth traffic light.
  • Turn right onto 13th Street.
  • Take the first left turn onto 5th Avenue.
  • The entrance to the Building 199 parking garage is on your right, in the first block.
  • See more information on visitor parking

Directions to Parking at OCC and 2CC:
If you are going to OCC or 2CC as a guest or visitor, there is a parking lot adjacent to it, with an entrance at 2 Constitution Road. However, parking during the day there is very limited. Also there is parking at the Nautica Garage across the street from 2CC. It is advisable to either take the Partners Shuttle, the Local Motion Shuttle or park in the garage in Building 199.

Walking Directions from Building 199 Parking Garage to the Shouse Building:

  • Go to the pedestrian exit of the parking garage, which is on 13th Street.
  • Turn left on 13th Street and walk two blocks to First Avenue.
  • Cross the street and turn right onto First Avenue.
  • Walk 2 1/2 blocks to Building 36. The entrance is halfway down the building and has an awning with "36" and the Institute's logo.

Walking Directions to One Constitution Center (OCC) and Two Constitution Center (2CC):
These are directions from the Shouse Building to OCC and 2CC.

  • Continue down First Avenue for 3 blocks – through the entrance to the active Navy Yard, across the Yard, through "Gate 1" and onto Constitution Road.
  • Continue on Constitution Road 1 block, and take a left through red metal gates at the sign for 2CC with the Institute's logo and an arrow.
  • Follow the asphalt path to the building, around to the right to the 2CC entrance. 
  • OCC is across the parking lot from 2CC.

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Arriving by Subway/Commuter Rail 

Take the commuter rail or either the Green or Orange subway line to North Station. Visit the official MBTA website for detailed transit information, or try the independent site, HopStop.com.

From North station, take the Local Motion shuttle, the Partners shuttle, a Hubway bicycle, or walk to our campus.

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Bus #93Arriving by Public Bus #93

MBTA Bus #93 (Sullivan Square) From Downtown Crossing or Haymarket. This bus stops at the corner of Warren and Chelsea Streets for convenient access to 2CC.  It also stops at 5th and Chelsea Streets for a short two-block walk to the Shouse Building. See the MBTA Schedule.

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Shuttle bus stop across from Building 36Arriving by Partners Shuttles

 Partners Shuttle Schedules

There are two Partners shuttle routes for the Charlestown Navy Yard: 

For directions to catch the MGH/North Station shuttle from OCC & 2CC to buildings in the Navy Yard see Shuttle from OCC and 2CC to Shouse Building, B34, B39, and B79/96.

On the Shuttle Schedule page, choose either Massachusetts General Hospital or Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, depending on which schedule you want.

MGH/North Station/Charlestown Navy Yard

On the Shuttle Schedule page
For the MGH/North Station/Charlestown Navy Yard route:

  • To/From drop-down box: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Schedules drop-down box :
    • Weekdays: 2nd option: MGH Main Campus, North Stations, One Constitution Road, Charlestown Navy Yard
    • Weekends: last option: MGH Main Campus, North Stations, Charlestown Navy Yard

From Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass Gen)
Take any Partners shuttle displaying an "MGH/CNY" placard, which departs Mass Gen from the shuttle stop located between the Jackson Building doors and the Blossom Street loading dock (after 6:00 p.m., it moves to Gray Building doors).

Schedules:

  • Monday through Friday: Every 15 minutes 5:30 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.; every half hour 8:00 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
  • Weekends: Every half hour 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

From MGH the shuttle stops at North Station on Causeway Street on the corner of Haverhill Street (in front of the CVS, across from the TD Garden) on its way to the Navy Yard. The Spaulding Express picks up at the same location.

Directions from MGH/North Station/Charlestown Shuttle Stops to the MGH Institute:

  • For the Shouse Building get off at the second shuttle stop after North Station (or first on weekends), which is the intersection of Chelsea Street and 5th Street ("Gate 4"). From 5th Street, walk one block to the stop sign, then turn left onto First Avenue. The Shouse Building is one block on the right.
  • For OCC and 2CC get off at the first shuttle stop after North Station, at "Gate 1" on Constitution Road. The shuttle driver often announces this as OCC. (The shuttle does not stop here on weekends.) When you leave the shuttle go right along Constitution Road (away from the Navy Yard) 1 block to the red metal gates with a sign for 2CC. Turn left onto the asphalt path and follow it around right to the entrance to 2CC. OCC is across the parking lot from 2CC.
  • For Building 79/96 get off at the last stop in front of Building 149 on 13th Street. The driver announces Building 149. Walk 1 block north (towards Chelsea Street) to Building 79/96.

    The Partners Shuttle for OCC and 2CC:  last shuttle Monday–Friday is 6:45 p.m.  There is no weekend shuttle service to 1CC/2CC.

Directions from OCC & 2CC stop to the Shouse Building, B34, B39, and B79/96 of MGH Institute:

  • Go to Constitution Road, turn right and go to shuttle stop at "Gate 1" on Constitution Road.
  • Catch the MGH/North Station/Charlestown Shuttle going towards the Navy Yard. Shuttles going to the Navy Yard and to Boston both stop at "Gate 1", so be sure to ask the driver whether his shuttle is going to the Navy Yard.
  • For the Shouse Building, B34, and B39:
    • Get off at the next shuttle stop, at the intersection of Chelsea Street and 5th Street ("Gate 4").
    • On 5th Street walk one block to the stop sign, and turn left onto First Avenue.
      • The Shouse Building is down one block on the right.
      • B34 is down one block on the left.
      • B39 is down two blocks on the left.
  • For B79/96, The Center for Health & Rehabilitation Research:
    • Get off at the last shuttle stop, in front of B149 on 13th Street.
    • Go north one block on 13th Street (towards Chelsea Street).
    • B79/96 will be on your left

Spaulding Express

On the Shuttle Schedule page
For Spaulding Express (best choice if you are going to the Building 79/96)

  • To/From drop-down box: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston
  • From Schedule drop-down box: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, North Station

From North Station: Take Partners shuttle labeled Spaulding Express. This makes only one stop, by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Schedule: The Spaulding Express shuttle runs approximately every 10 minutes during its schedule.

  • Monday through Friday: The shuttle operates between 6-9 a.m., and 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: The shuttle operates between 5:30-9:00 a.m.
  • Holidays: The shuttle operates between 5:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions from Spaulding Express Shuttle Stop to MGH Institute.

  • The shuttle stop is on 3rd Avenue at the corner of 16th Street
  • For Building 79/96
    • Walk  1 block up 3rd Avenue to 13th Street.
    • Cross the street.
    • Head north (to the right, towards Chelsea Street) 1 block.
  • For Shouse Building,  B34, and B39
    • Go right on 16th street 1 block to First Avenue
    • Go right on First Avenue.
    • Building 39 (OSA) is 3 blocks down on the right.
    • The Shouse Buildings and B34 are 4 blocks down (34 on the right, Shouse Building on the left).

To return to Boston from MGH Institute, the MGH shuttle stop for the Shouse Building, B34, and B39 is on the corner of First Avenue and 7th Street, across the street from 36 First Avenue. The shuttle stop for OCC/2CC is on Constitution Road at "Gate 1" of the Navy Yard. The MGH shuttle also picks up at Building 149 on 13th Street. The Spaulding Express picks up at the stop on 3rd Avenue.

The Partners shuttles are free to all riders.

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Local Motion ShuttleArriving by Local Motion Shuttle

The Local Motion Shuttle stops at OCC and 2CC. The stops are in front of the respective buildings on Constitution Plaza.

From North Station to OCC and 2CC: The shuttle leaves from Causeway Street across the street from the TD Garden. It has a sign in the window that says OCC, 2CC.   

Local Motion Shuttle Schedule
Monday – Fridays 

  • 6:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
    Leaving from North Station every 20 minutes beginning at 6:45 a.m. Last morning service to depart North Station at 9:45 a.m.
  • 3:25 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
    Leaving from 1 & 2 Constitution Center (OCC & 2CC) every 20 minutes beginning at 3:25 p.m. with the last shuttle departing 2CC at 6:45 p.m.

There is no weekend Local Motion shuttle service.

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Arriving by Inner Harbor Ferry (from Long Wharf)

The Navy Yard can be reached from Long Wharf, (Aquarium stop on the Blue line) via the Inner Harbor Ferry, Route F4. Long Wharf is within walking distance of South Station (Red line) and State Street (Orange, Blue lines). PDF of F4 Schedule.

The ferry drops passengers off at the end of Baxter Road on Pier 3. Walk up Pier 3 to First Avenue. The Shouse Building will be to the right. For OCC and 2CC turn left onto First Avenue, walk through the active Navy Yard to Constitution Road. The entrance for OCC and 2CC is 1 block up Constitutions Road on the left, through red metal gates with a sign for 2CC.

The Inner Harbor ferry operates Monday through Friday, with more limited weekend service.

Cost: Inner Harbor Ferry is $3.25 for adults, one way. Fare for Seniors and people with disabilities (with Charlie Transport Access Pass (TAP) Card) is half fare each way. See details of Reduced Fare programs.

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BicycleArriving by Bicycle

There is a Hubway bike station near Building 2CC, at the corner of Warren Street and Constitution Road, and another one in front of North Station. Bikes can be taken out of one station and brought to another. View a map of other Hubway bike stations in the greater Boston area.

The Charles River Locks and the Charlestown/North Washington Street Bridge make North Station easily accessible to bikers. The newly opened North Bank Pedestrian Bridge provides bikers with a convenient path to Hubway bike stations at the Lechmere MBTA station (Green line and buses), and 1 Kendall Square (convenient for the Red line) in Cambridge. Bicycle racks are located at Building 36, Building 39, and Building 2CC. It is suggested you use U-bar or chain locks instead of cable locks.

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The Charles River Locks and the Charlestown/North Washington Street Bridge make North Station easily accessible to Charlestown pedestrians. These provide 15 to 20 minute scenic walks along the harbor front. 

The North Bank Pedestrian Bridge provides pedestrians with a convenient path to Cambridge and public buses 69, 80, 87 and 88 at Lechmere Station.

 

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