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Student Fares Available in July and August to Middle and High School Students for the First Time

Posted on June 1, 2017

 BOSTON – For the first time, student fares will be valid and available to qualifying middle and high school students this summer, providing reduced-fare MBTA access to 50,000 students.

Student fares in previous years were only available during the school year from September 1 through June 30, causing students to purchase the full fare of a trip or pass during the summer months. After a vote last year by the Fiscal and Management Control Board to expand the student program, student fares became available year-round last September.

During this school year, up to 29,000 students per month used a monthly pass. In the busiest month, approximately 1,600 student passes were loaded at fare vending machines with 27,500 school-purchased student passes per month. Students use the MBTA more often than the average rider with a median of forty-two unlinked trips compared to thirty-six for all monthly passes. Students also use their cards for stored value with approximately 18,000 students using stored value at least once between October and April.

At any time during the calendar year, the Student Stored Value CharlieCard (S-Card) allows qualifying students from participating schools to purchase half-price trips on subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry and also allows the purchase of a monthly Student Pass for $30 (regular monthly passes are available for $84.50). Student CharlieCards with school-purchased passes during the school year (M7s) will also function as S-Cards during July and August, allowing all students the half-price fare and discounted $30 monthly pass.

Middle and high school students should keep the Student CharlieCards provided by their school. Lost cards can only be replaced by a student’s school. All cards will expire on September 1 and students will receive new cards at the start of the next school year.

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