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City of Medford Joins MBTA Youth Pass Program

Posted on October 24, 2019

Tapping a Youth Pass on a subway fare gate

The MBTA and the City of Medford are pleased to announce that Medford has joined the T's Youth Pass program, which helps provide affordable transit access for low-income young people. Youth Passes are being distributed from Medford City Hall. 

“The MBTA is pleased to partner with Medford in offering the Youth Pass program to eligible young people,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “Increasing transit access provides young people with critical connections to jobs and education, and we’re eager to continue to expand this program that benefits so many.”

“We are delighted to offer this advantage to our young residents and hope those who qualify will avail themselves of this fantastic opportunity,” said Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. 

Distributed through municipal and community partners, the Youth Pass is a card that can be used at MBTA Fare Vending Machines or at retail sales locations to purchase a reduced-price Monthly LinkPass for $30.00. Stored value can also be added to cards for Youth Pass users to ride the MBTA bus and subway system at a reduced one-way fare. (Note: The Youth Pass is not valid for use on the Commuter Rail, though customers are encouraged to learn more about Commuter Rail fare products that include the mTicket.)

Young people residing in Medford interested in applying for the reduced-fare Youth Pass should visit the Treasurer/Collector’s Office at Medford City Hall located at 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Room 108, in Medford. 

The MBTA is excited for the City of Medford to join the growing list of municipalities and community partners participating in the Youth Pass program. Other participating communities include Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Malden, the North Shore, Quincy, Revere, and Somerville. 

Cities and towns interested in joining the program are encouraged to email for information on how to begin the process.

In order to qualify for the Youth Pass, a young person must: 

  • Live in a participating city or town;
  • Be between 12 and 18 years old and not enrolled in middle or high school (students enrolled in middle or high school may receive a Student CharlieCard through their school);
  • Be between 18 and 25 years old and enrolled in one of the following accepted programs (college and university students may be eligible for Semester Passes):
    • Alternative education program (e.g., GED, HiSET);
    • Job training or professional development program (e.g., Year Up, ROCA);
    • State or federal benefit program (e.g., MassHealth, SNAP).

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