Subway Performers Program

MBTA Subway Performers Program

Designated Performance Areas by Subway Station

PLEASE NOTE: Performers must provide the completed application package (pages 1-7) upon submittal to Transit Realty Associates.

MBTA Subway Performers Program Application
Directions to TRA

June 2009 (Updated)

The MBTA adopted the Subway Performers Program Policy on December 8, 2003. Transit Realty Associates, LLC ("TRA") is the MBTA’s designated representative and manager for the Subway Performers Program. TRA will be your contact for any questions you may have regarding the program and is also your contact for issuance of a Subway Performers Permit.

Our contact information is as follows:

Anne-Marie Enderby
TRA
Manager of Administration
77 Franklin Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA  02110
TEL:  617-482-2525
FAX:  617-482-0210
Email: aenderby@transitrealty.com 

Subway Performers are required to obtain a permit and carry a badge identifying them as a licensed Performer. Approved locations for performances are indentified by signage. Performances in other areas are not permitted.

To obtain a new permit and badge, or to renew a permit and badge, please follow these steps:

  • Complete a Subway Performer Permit Application and
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Access Privilege Application (the “APA”) (included as part of the attached Permit Application).

In addition to the completed application and APA form, you will need:

  • Two (2) forms of positive identification: a Government issued ID (e.g., a passport, driver’s license, military ID) with a recent photo and one other form of ID.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are not a US Citizen you must show proof of legal residency or visitor status with either a Visa or Green Card.
  • One (1) piece of mail with a post-mark date within the last 30 days.
  • A Money Order for $25.00 made payable to the MBTA. NO Cash, personal checks, or credit cards.

When you have all of the requirements listed above please call TRA at (617) 482-2525 to make an appointment to deliver your paperwork on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9 AM and 3 PM.

We will take your picture for your Subway Performer ID badge when you deliver your paperwork.

Your permit and ID will be mailed to you within 10 to 14 days. If you have questions please contact us at (617) 482-2525.

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Orange Line
Red Line
Blue Line
Green Line

Orange Line

Station Performers' Space Alternate Performers' Space
Malden Yes / Left of gate to Commuter Rail Entrance - lobby area
Wellington Yes / opposite Dunkin Donuts - lobby area
Sullivan Main Yes / behind elevator #881 - lobby area
Community College Yes / left corner / lobby area
North Station - Fleet Ctr Yes / Mezzanine, Causeway St. Valenti Way Yes / near entrance
Haymarket OL Yes / Mezzanine, in front of sign, stairs 1 & 2; and - Lower level between inbound and outbound stairs, against wall
State Street South Yes / Southbound platform right of Devonshire/Water Street exit State North Yes / Northbound between the two staircases in front of the Big State Street sign.
Downtown Crossing South Yes / Mezzanine, in front of sign, stairs 1 & 2; and - Lower level between inbound and outbound stairs, against wall
State Street South Yes / Southbound platform right of Devonshire/Water Street exit State North Yes / Northbound between the two staircases in front of the Big State Street sign.
Downtown Crossing South Yes / On platform, above and to the immediate right of second bench. Downtown Crossing North Yes / On platform, above and to the immediate right of first bench.
Chinatown Soth Yes / Southbound in front of signs on left of elevator hallway Chinatown North Yes / Northbound platform between police call box and telephone
Back Bay Yes / Dartmouth side, unpaid area (Place sign on glass) Back Bay (additional Performers' area) Yes / On platform, at the bottom of the stairway and escalator, on the back wall of the elevator.
Mass. Ave. Yes / lobby near the bottom of the handicap ramp
Ruggles Yes / Paid fare between northbound escalator and Commuter Rail stairs
Roxbury Crossing Yes / Left side of paid area
Stony Brook Yes / Paid area
Green Street Yes / Paid area
Forest Hills Yes / Left of Commuter Rail area

Red Line

Station Performers' Space Alternate Performers' Space
Alewife Yes / In the paid area between the Main collectors booth and the staircase to the platform against the railing Alewife Rear
Davis Square Yes / On the platform at the bottom of the escalator/stairway, at the end of the bench
Porter Square Yes / In the paid area across from the bottom of the large escalators near the vending machines.
Harvard Northbound Eliminate Northbound Only Harvard Southbound Yes / In the paid area near standpipe R-24 approximately 20' north of the Braille station placard
Central Southbound Yes / In the paid area between the vending machines, near standpipe R-21A and door 138
Kendall Square Northbound Yes / Near the vending machines in the unpaid area. Kendal South Yes / Near the vending machines in the unpaid area.
Park Street Yes / On the center platform after the northernmost staircase near the station signage.
Downtown Crossing - Northbound Yes / Northbound platform, at the red pole 5 poles down from the telephone on platform. Downtown Crossing Southbound Yes / on the platform, opposite from the other side, 11 poles down from the station entrance from Orange Line.
South Station Northbound Yes / on platform wall near elevator
Broadway Yes / In the paid area, approximately two car lengths from the staircase where the spider map is located. In the vicinity of the southbound six car marker sign
Andrew Yes / In the paid area, mezzanine area
JFK/UMASS Yes / In the paid area against the side of elevator #831, going to the Ashmont platform
Quincy Center Yes / In the paid area, near the safe room
Quincy Adams Yes / In the paid area, near the elevator to the platform.

Blue Line

Station Performers' Space Alternate Performers' Space
Aquarium West Yes / State Street entrance mezzanine (west end), behind the Collectors booth, in paid area, against glass block wall, between the elevators to platform level.
State Street City Hall Yes / On Concourse between the Blue Line (east bound) and the Orange Line directly opposite the elevator to the Orange Line north bound platform.
Government Center Yes / Center of Blue Line Platform halfway between the main stairway from the Green Line, and the vendor.

Green Line

Station Performers' Space Alternate Performers' Space
Science Park Yes / mezzanine area, between the eastbound and westbound stairs
Government Center Current sign should be removed. A new location is under consideration.
Park Street West Yes / on platform second white sign down from the Officials booth Park East Yes / on the platform between the main rail and the Park Loop, 6 poles down from the fare area. Sign should face the center of the platform.
Boylston Eastbound Yes / against rod iron fence after benches Boylston Westbound Yes / East end of platform against the rod iron fence
Arlington Yes / In paid area, mezzanine area between east and westbound stairways
Copley Eastbound Yes / West end of eastbound platform against the wall between benches adjacent to the concession store Copley Westbound Yes / in the unpaid area, adjacent to the phone stand against wall
Prudential Yes / mezzanine area, between the eastbound and westbound stairs
Symphony Eastbound Yes / against the left wall after the stairway, before the platform Symphony Westbound Yes / against the right wall adjacent to the stairway, before the platform
Hynes Eastbound Yes / against the wall at the end of the left side stairway leading to the platform Hynes Westbound Yes / west end of the platform, against the wall
Kenmore Eastbound Yes / West end of the platform in the center, near pole DH/B156 Kenmore Westbound Yes / East end of the platform, adjacent to pole #CB53

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