MBTA: Newton can be accessed by three different methods of MBTA transit. The Green Line “D” Branch, a light rail that runs through the center of the city, makes frequent trips to downtown Boston. The Green Line “B” Branch ends at Boston College which is essentially on the border of the city of Newton.
The lovely city of Newton, Massachusetts, found about 11 miles west from Boston was the inspiration for the name of Fig Newton cookies. This city provides many attractions for its citizens and visitors such as Heartbreak Hill, 33-acre Crystal Lake, and Lasell College. It also contains the Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead which is best known for its history as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Noteworthy past citizens of Newton include actress and comedian Amy Poehler, actor and Oscar-winning screenwriter Matt Damon, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter and other influential novels.