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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 monthly LinkPasses for unlimited bus and subway travel.

From July 1 – December 31, 2020, Youth Pass cardholders can purchase half-price tickets for all Commuter Rail zones on board, at ticket windows, and via the mTicket app.

For Zone 1A travel on the Fairmount Line, Youth Pass cardholders can tap their CharlieCard at the newly installed Fairmount Line validators before boarding, just like for the bus or subway. Please remember to take the proof-of-purchase receipt from the validator to show to conductors.

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

Please note that Youth Pass CharlieCards are not valid on 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

    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

    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

    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. From July 1 – December 31, 2020, Youth Pass CharlieCards also provide reduced fares on the Commuter Rail.

    See all reduced fare prices

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    Youth Pass Reduced Fares

    The Youth Pass CharlieCard provides reduced fares for bus and subway. From July 1 – December 31, 2020, Youth Pass CharlieCards also provide reduced fares on the Commuter Rail.

    See all reduced fare prices

    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