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Youth Pass Eligibility

The Youth Pass program offers reduced fares on bus, subway, Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry to eligible young adults.

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.

Youth Pass Reduced Fares

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

Learn more about Youth Passes

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.

Youth Pass Application Process

Step 1. Make sure you're eligible

To apply for the Youth Pass Program, you must:

  • Live in a participating city or town
  • Be between 18 and 25 and enrolled in at least one Youth Pass partner program
  • Be between 12 and 17 and unable to get a Student CharlieCard through your middle or high school

Learn more about eligibility

Step 2. Gather the required documents

To apply, you’ll need documentation that shows:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Enrollment in a Youth Pass partner program

See what documents you’ll need

Step 3. Fill out the application

You can apply or re-enroll for a 2022 Youth Pass online (valid from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022).

Apply online

Are you a middle or high school student? You may be eligible for a Student CharlieCard (M7 or S-Card) through your school. College and university students may be eligible for Semester Passes.

Am I eligible for a Youth Pass?

You may be eligible if you are between 12 and 25, live in a participating city or town, and are not able to get a Student CharlieCard (M7 or S-Card) through your middle or high school.

Note: Immigration or citizenship status is not used to determine Youth Pass eligibility.

What documents do I need to apply?

You’ll need documents that show proof of age, address, and enrollment in a Youth Pass partner program. See what documents are accepted for each category below.

How do I apply for a Youth Pass?

Youth Passes for the 2022 program year are valid from November 1, 2021 through October 31, 2022. You can now apply online.

Note: Youth Pass CharlieCards expire on November 1 each year, regardless of when they were received. You’ll need to re-apply each year to get a new card.

Participating Cities and Towns

To apply in person, or if you have questions, contact your participating city or town below.

Youth Pass Reduced Fares

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

Learn more about Youth Passes

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.