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Youth Pass

Tapping a Youth Pass on a subway fare gate

The Youth Pass Program offers reduced fares on bus, subway, Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry to young adults with low income. The program is a partnership between the T and participating cities and towns.

Youth Pass CharlieCards can be loaded with cash value for roughly 50% reduced one-way fares, or $30 monthly LinkPasses for unlimited bus, subway, and Fairmount Line Zone 1A travel. You can also use your card for reduced one-way fares on Commuter Rail and ferry.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for a Youth Pass if you meet these 3 requirements:

  1. You live in a participating city or town
  2. You are between 18 and 25 years old
  3. You are enrolled in an MBTA-approved benefits, education, or job training program

    Please note:

    • Individuals between 12 and 18 years old who are not enrolled in middle or high school may also be eligible for Youth Pass.
    • Middle and high school students may be eligible for Student CharlieCards.
    • College and university students may be eligible for Semester Passes.
    • Immigration or citizenship status is not used to determine Youth Pass eligibility.

    Application Instructions

    The program is administered by participating cities and towns that are responsible for determining eligibility, as well as assigning and distributing cards. Each participating city or town has its own application process.

    1. Check the list of participating cities and towns below, and either a) contact your participating city or town for an application or to schedule a meeting, or b) complete your participating city or town’s online intake form or application.
    2. Follow the instructions provided by your participating city or town and gather required documents, such as proof of age, residency, or program enrollment. See examples of eligibility documents. Please note that submitting an application doesn’t guarantee eligibility.
    3. Based on your city or town’s application instructions: send, upload, or drop-off your application and eligibility documents to finalize the process in-person or remotely.
    4. After your eligibility is determined and you have agreed to the program's terms and conditions, a Youth Pass CharlieCard will be assigned to you. Based on your city or town, you may receive your card onsite or by mail.

    Youth Pass CharlieCards expire on November 1 each year, regardless of when they were received, so you’ll need to go through these steps to re-enroll each year.

    Participating Cities and Towns

    Cities and towns interested in joining the program should email youthpass@mbta.com.

    How to Use Your Youth Pass

    Use your Youth Pass CharlieCard for reduced one-way fares and monthly passes on bus and subway, or for reduced one-way fares on Commuter Rail and ferry.

    Youth Pass riders should always keep their Youth Pass CharlieCard with them when they ride the T to present as proof of program membership.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Eligibility

    Application

    Locations

    Youth Pass CharlieCard

    Contact

    Please contact your city or town for more information about eligibility and how to apply to the Youth Pass program. For general inquiries, you can contact the MBTA at youthpass@mbta.com.

    Youth Pass Reduced Fares

    The Youth Pass CharlieCard provides reduced fares for bus, subway, Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry.

    See all reduced fare prices

    Want to Become a Youth Pass Partner?

    If you're a municipal or nonprofit employee and you're interested in administering the Youth Pass Program for your municipality, email us at youthpass@mbta.com to get started.

    Plan Ahead

    On the platform in Park Street Station, a woman holds her smartphone with a Green Line train in the background.

    Get service alerts via text or email.

    Check alerts

    Youth Pass Reduced Fares

    The Youth Pass CharlieCard provides reduced fares for bus, subway, Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry.

    See all reduced fare prices

    Want to Become a Youth Pass Partner?

    If you're a municipal or nonprofit employee and you're interested in administering the Youth Pass Program for your municipality, email us at youthpass@mbta.com to get started.

    Plan Ahead

    On the platform in Park Street Station, a woman holds her smartphone with a Green Line train in the background.

    Get service alerts via text or email.

    Check alerts