Young adults with low income may be eligible for reduced MBTA fares with Youth Pass CharlieCards, which can be loaded with cash value or monthly LinkPasses.
You may be eligible for a Youth Pass if:
- You live in a participating city or town
- You are between 12 – 18 and not enrolled in middle or high school
- You are between 18 – 25 and enrolled in an accepted GED, job training, or state or federal benefit program
- Check the list of participating cities and towns below, and contact your city’s community partner for an application.
- Fill out the application and gather required documents.
- Bring your application and supporting documents to your city’s community partner.
- After your eligibility is determined, a Youth Pass CharlieCard will be mailed to you.
Youth Pass CharlieCards expire on November 1 each year. You’ll need to go through the above steps to renew, and you’ll be mailed a new card if your application is approved.
Participating Cities and Towns
Cities and towns interested in joining the program should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Use Your Youth Pass
Add Cash Value
You can use your Youth Pass like a CharlieCard, and add cash value at any fare vending machine or onboard fare box on buses and trolleys at street-level stops. You can also add cash value to it online with a credit or debit card.
When you tap your card to pay your fare, you will pay a reduced one-way rate.
Add Monthly Passes
You can add a monthly LinkPass to your Youth Pass for a reduced rate of $30 at any fare vending machine. LinkPasses are valid for unlimited travel on the subway and bus for 1 calendar month.
Pay Your Fare
Tap your card on the fare box target at any fare gate or onboard fare box to pay your fare.