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2021 Fare Changes

Expiration of Zone 1A Temporary Fares

Two temporary Zone 1A Commuter Rail fares will end in June—Lynn Zone 1A pilot and Quincy Center fare mitigation. Beginning July 1, Zone 1A fares and 7-day LinkPasses will no longer be accepted.

  • For travel between Lynn and North Station on the Commuter Rail, you will need to buy a Zone 2 ticket or pass.
  • For travel between Quincy Center and South Station on the Commuter Rail, you will need to buy a Zone 1 ticket or pass.

If you are purchasing a ticket or pass on mTicket for use in July, please wait until July 1 to ensure that it is for the correct zone.

Changes to Fare Types

As one small step in our broader Fare Transformation, the MBTA proposed changes to two fare types—Youth Pass and Outer Express Bus—to increase access and simplify fares for our riders.

These changes were approved at the FMCB meeting on May 10, 2021 and will go into effect on July 1, 2021.

Expanded Access for the Youth Pass Program

Since July 2020, Youth Pass cardholders have been able to purchase half-price tickets for Commuter Rail on board, at ticket windows, and via the mTicket app as part of an MBTA fare pilot. This pilot has been made permanent along with other Youth Pass improvements.

Beginning in July 2021, Youth Pass riders will also be able to purchase half-price Commuter Rail tickets at fare vending machines, and Youth Passes will be valid for reduced fares on Express Bus (just tap your card) and ferries.

Learn more about Youth Passes

Combined Inner/Outer Express Bus Fares

Historically, MBTA Express Bus routes have been separated into two categories: Inner Express ($4.25/ride) and Outer Express ($5.25/ride). Beginning in July 2021, all Express Bus routes will charge Inner Express fares and accept Monthly Inner Express Bus Passes.

If you normally take route 352/354, your fare will automatically change to the lower Inner Express Bus rate starting July 1. If you’re buying a monthly pass for July, you don't have to wait until July 1 to purchase it—just select the Inner Express Bus Pass to get the lower rate.

Learn more about bus fares

Downloads

You can read an analysis of the potential fare equity impacts of the proposed changes and our proposal to mitigate those impacts below.

Related Projects

A Blue Line rider wearing a face mask passes through fare gates at Maverick Station

Fare Transformation

Fare Transformation will make it easy for you to tap and board at any door with a fare card, smartphone, or contactless credit card.

Learn More About Our Fare Policies

The tariff provides details about our official fare structure, including rates and payment options across the system.

Read the MBTA Tariff

Related Projects

A Blue Line rider wearing a face mask passes through fare gates at Maverick Station

Fare Transformation

Fare Transformation will make it easy for you to tap and board at any door with a fare card, smartphone, or contactless credit card.

Learn More About Our Fare Policies

The tariff provides details about our official fare structure, including rates and payment options across the system.

Read the MBTA Tariff