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Youth Pass

The Youth Pass offers low-income young adults access to the MBTA with reduced fares. Eligible people can purchase a LinkPass (unlimited subway and local bus) for $30/month or add stored value and ride for a reduced rate. 

How to Apply

You may be eligible for the Youth Pass if:

  • You live in a participating city or town
  • You are not enrolled in middle or high school*
  • You are 25 or younger (as of October 31, 2018)
    • If you are between 18 and 25, you must be enrolled in an accepted GED or job training program, or state or federal benefit program

Learn more by reading the Youth Pass Eligibility Criteria.

*If you’re a student, you may be able to get discounted fares through your school.

To apply:

  1. Contact the community partner in your city to express your interest.
  2. Fill out an application form.
  3. Gather any required documents.
  4. Bring everything to the community partner in the city where you live.
  5. If eligible, you will receive a Youth Pass CharlieCard with your name and picture on it. 

All Youth Pass CharlieCards expire on November 1 each year. You’ll have to go through the same enrollment steps above to renew. You'll be given a new card when you submit your application to re-enroll if it's approved. 

Participating Cities and Communities

For application forms and more information about how to enroll, contact the community partner in your city.

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

Boston

City of Boston
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
Youth Engagement and Employment Division
617-635-1389
youthline@boston.gov

*Please use the City of Boston Youth Pass Intake Form.

Cambridge

City of Cambridge
tpass@cambridgema.gov

Malden

City of Malden
Jeri Scibelli
781-397-7000 x2001
jscibelli@cityofmalden.org

North Shore

North Shore Community College
978-762-4189
youthpass@northshore.edu

*Please use the North Shore Community College Youth Pass Intake Form.

Quincy

Quincy Asian Resources
Qi Qin, Director of Outreach
617-472-2200
qi@quincyasianresources.org

Revere

Revere Public Library
781-286-8380 x5
revereyouthpass@gmail.com

Somerville

City of Somerville
Health and Human Services
Carline Riche Lopez
617-666-3311 x4309
crichelopez@somervillema.gov

After You’re Enrolled

Once you receive your card, you can use it at any fare vending machine or retail sales terminal to add stored value or monthly passes. Rates are:

Fare TypePrice
Fare TypeLinkPass (unlimited rides on local bus and subway—not valid on express buses)Price$30/month
Fare TypeSingle ride on the subwayPrice$1.10
Fare TypeSingle ride on local busPrice$0.85
Fare TypeSingle ride on inner express busPrice$2.50
Fare TypeSingle ride on outer express busPrice$3.50
Fare TypeTransfers between subway and local busPriceFree

The Youth Pass does not extend reduced fare benefits to rides on the commuter rail or ferry.