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How to enroll in the MBTA Youth Pass program

We are now running the program remotely, meaning that you can apply for a Youth Pass by completing the intake form below. If eligible, we will mail a Youth Pass CharlieCard to you.

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Find out if you are eligible

COVID-19 update: We are not currently accepting in-person applications.


You may be eligible for a Youth Pass if you meet these 3 requirements:

  • You live in Boston
  • You are between 18 and 25 years old
  • You are enrolled in an MBTA-approved benefits, education, or job training program, including:
    • State or federal benefit programs (like MASSGrant, MassHealth, or SNAP)
    • Alternative education programs (like high school equivalency degree programs)
    • Job training or professional development programs (like Year Up or Roca)

Learn more about Youth Pass eligibility and approved programs in EnglishSpanishHaitian CreoleCape Verdean CreoleMandarinCantonese, or Vietnamese.

Individuals between 12 and 18 years old who are not enrolled in middle or high school may also be eligible for Youth Pass if they do not have access to a Student CharlieCard (S-Card or M7) through their school. 

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Complete the intake form

If you are interested in the Youth Pass Program, you must complete the intake form.

Online intake form

After you complete your intake form, you will receive an email with the following:

  • A link to complete the Youth Pass application, including uploading your eligibility documents to prove your identity/age, residency, and if applicable, program enrollment
  • A link to schedule an online (i.e. Zoom) appointment
  • A list of eligibility documents needed for your appointment

Have questions? Contact:

Youth Engagement and Employment

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MBTA Youth Pass survey

Do you have an MBTA Youth Pass? We're interested in hearing from you! Please complete our survey:

MBTA Youth Pass survey

Program Information

The Youth Pass Program is a partnership between the MBTA and the City of Boston. We offer reduced fares to eligible young adults.

Youth Pass CharlieCards can be loaded with:

  • cash value, for roughly 50 percent reduced one-way fares, or
  • $30 monthly LinkPasses for unlimited bus and subway travel.

From July 1 – September 30, 2020, Youth Pass cardholders can buy half-price tickets for all Commuter Rail zones on board, at ticket windows, and via the mTicket app.

Youth Pass CharlieCards expire on November 1 each year, regardless of when they were received. So, you’ll need to go through the application steps to re-enroll each year.

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