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Youth Pass

Tapping a Youth Pass on a subway fare gate

The Youth Pass Program, a partnership between the T and participating cities and towns, offers reduced fares to young adults with low income. 

Youth Pass CharlieCards can be loaded with cash value, for roughly 50% reduced one-way fares, or $30.00 monthly LinkPasses. 

Youth Pass is not valid on Commuter Rail, Express Buses, or ferries. 

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

    Learn more about Youth Pass eligibility and approved programs

    Individuals between 12 and 18 years old who are not enrolled in middle or high school may also be eligible for Youth Pass.

    Note: Middle and high school students may be eligible for Student CharlieCards. College and university students may be eligible for Semester Passes.

    Application Instructions

    1. Check the list of participating cities and towns below, and contact your participating city or town for an application or to schedule a meeting.
    2. Follow the instructions provided by your participating city or town and gather required documents such as proof of age or proof of program enrollment. See examples of eligibility documents. Note: Submitting an application doesn’t guarantee eligibility.
    3. Bring your application and supporting documents to your participating city or town to finalize the process in person.
    4. After your eligibility is determined and you've signed the program's terms and conditions, you will receive a Youth Pass CharlieCard to take home with you.

    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

    You can load cash value or $30.00 monthly LinkPasses onto your Youth Pass CharlieCard. To pay your fare, simply tap your card on the fare box target at any fare gate or onboard fare box.

    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 and subway.

    See all reduced fare prices

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    Youth Pass Reduced Fares

    The Youth Pass CharlieCard provides reduced fares for bus and subway.

    See all reduced fare prices

    T-Alerts

    Stay informed. Get alerts about service delays and elevator/escalator outages by text or email.

    Sign up for T-Alerts