The benefits of using the MBTA Commuter Rail to travel to and from Boston include overall reductions in the use of fossil fuels and emissions and cost savings for commuters. The savings to commuters in terms of time spent in traffic, parking, fuel consumption and automobile maintenance costs are obvious.
Commuter rail service helps relieve congestion and relies on electricity that is increasingly produced from renewable sources. This reduces the nation's overall dependence on foreign oil and consumption of fossil fuels along with the harm to the environment associated with emissions. The federal government also allows for savings to commuters in the form of employer contributions and the use of pre-tax income toward the purchase of commuter rail passes. Additionally, commuter rail service is safe and reliable and extends as far south as North Kingstown, Rhode Island and as far west as Worcester in Central Massachusetts.