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MBTA Youth Pass

Connecting youth to opportunities, one ride at a time!

We want to ensure that all young people in the City of Boston have access to the transportation they need. The MBTA Youth Pass program provides thousands of qualified young people, ages 12-25, with affordable transportation. 

Youth Pass cards can be used in two ways:

  • to buy roughly 50 percent reduced bus or train fares that can be added to the pass in the same way as a CharlieCard, or
  • to buy $30 Youth Link Monthly passes that can be used an unlimited number of times per month.

Learn more about the program and the application process below.

Have questions? Contact:

Youth Engagement and Employment

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

COVID-19 update

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Boston MBTA Youth Pass program is being run remotely.

Program updates

Commuter Rail 

Youth Pass cardholders are now able to buy half-priced Commuter Rail fares for all zones until June, 30, 2021. Riders can:

  • use the MTicket App
  • pay at any Commuter Rail Kiosk, or
  • pay on board. 
Card Expiration

Monthly Youth Link Passes expire on the last day of each month. The Youth Pass card itself expires yearly on October 31. You must complete the re-enrollment process each year. 

For Boston Public Schools Students

Boston Public Schools middle and high school students are eligible for a M7 Student CharlieCard. Please reach out to your school for more information about receiving a M7 Card. If you are between 12 and 18 years old and cannot get a Student CharlieCard (M7 Card or S-Card) through your school, you may be eligible for a Youth Pass.

Non-Boston Residents 

If you do not live in the City of Boston but would still like to receive a Youth Pass, please visit the MBTA website to see if you live in a participating city or town.

Applying For The Program

Applying for the Program

Complete our intake form 

Completing the intake form is the best way to determine your eligibility for the MBTA Youth Pass program. However, basic eligibility information is as follows"

There are three requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for an MBTA Youth Pass:

  1. You must live in the City of Boston.
  2. You must provide proof of your identity.
  3. You must be between the ages of 12 and 25 years old.
    • Individuals who will be between the ages of 12 and 18 (born between October 31, 2003 and November 1, 2009) only need to prove residency and age
    • Individuals who will be between the ages of 18 and 25 (born between October 31, 1995 and November 1, 2003) must also demonstrate enrollment in at least one MBTA-approved qualifying program
      • Accepted programs include:
        • State and Federal benefit programs
        • Alternative education programs
        • Job training or professional development programs

Please see the MBTA's eligibility guidelines for more information in multiple languages, including a full list of accepted programs.

Important Note:

All information about the next steps in the process will be sent to you via email from mbtayouthpass@boston.gov. Please check your "spam" and "junk" folders to ensure you do not miss any emails with important details.

After you complete the intake form, you will receive an email reply within 1-3 business days with one of the following responses.

  • Your intake response has been approved.
    • If you receive this email, please use the link in the email to complete the application and upload your documents. 
    • A full list of accepted documents can be found in the drop-down menus on the application. Please remember you must upload documentation satisfying all relevant requirements. If you are unable to use the document upload feature, please complete the application without the documents and email them to mbtayouthpass@boston.gov separately.
  • Your intake response is incomplete.
    • If you receive this email, you are either ineligible to receive an MBTA Youth Pass, ineligible to receive one in Boston, or additional information may be required based on your answers.
    • Please review this email carefully as it explains all the possible reasons your intake form may have been marked incomplete.
    • If you still believe you qualify for the program after reviewing the eligibility guidelines, please contact mbtayouthpass@boston.gov.

After you complete the application, you will receive an email reply within 1-3 business days with one of the following responses.

  • Your application response has been approved.
    • If you receive this email, please use the link provided to schedule a virtual appointment with a MBTA Youth Pass Specialist.
    • After scheduling your interview, you will receive the Google Meet link to attend your appointment.
    • You must show the physical copies of your eligibility documents during the interview to confirm their authenticity.
  • Missing documents.
    • If you receive this email, there was a problem with your document upload. There may have been technical issues with the uploaded documents or no documents were received. 
    • Please send photos of your documents to mbtayouthpass@boston.gov.
  • Insufficient documentation uploaded.
    • If you receive this email, we did not receive enough documentation to confirm your eligibility. 
    • Please review the documentation guidelines in the email and determine which additional documents you can provide to prove your eligibility. 
    • You are not required to re-submit an application. Please email your additional documents to mbtayouthpass@boston.gov to move forward in the process.
  • Your application response is incomplete. 
    • If you receive this email, you are either ineligible to receive a MBTA Youth Pass, ineligible to receive one in Boston, or additional information may be required based on your answers.
    • Please review this email carefully, as it explains all the possible reasons your application response may have been denied.
    • If you believe you are eligible, please review the eligibility guidelines and complete the application form again.

After you successfully complete your virtual interview, your MBTA Youth Pass will be mailed out to you as soon as possible. You can expect to receive your card in 5-7 business days. When you receive the card, please write the serial number (the number after "5-" on the back of your card) on the enclosed acceptance letter and save it for your records.