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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. - 5 p.m.

Program updates

Simplified application process

We will no longer require completion of the intake form or virtual interviews to be approved for a Youth Pass. You can still request to meet with a specialist when you apply or on our website, but it is no longer required.

Fare Changes 

Youth Pass cardholders now have permanent access to reduced (half-priced) fares on the commuter rail, express bus, and ferry, in addition to the bus and subway. Commuter rail passes can be purchased on board, at ticket windows, and via the MTicket app.

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're looking for a Summer T Pass, visit the BPS Transportation page here for more information.

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

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

  • You must live in the City of Boston.
  • You must provide proof of your identity.
  • 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 prove enrollment in at least one MBTA-approved qualifying program. A full list of programs can be found online, or while completing the application. 

Complete the application

Important Note:

You must upload documents showing that you meet the three program eligibility requirements. 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 on our application, please complete the application without the documents and email them to mbtayouthpass@boston.gov separately.

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 application form, you will receive a reply within three business days with one of the following responses.

  • Application Approved
    • You will receive this email if your application responses and uploaded documents are complete and satisfactory.
    • See the next step for more information. 
  • Schedule a Help Session
    • You will receive this email if you requested a meeting with a Youth Pass Specialist on your application.
    • Please use the Calendly link in the email to schedule your appointment.
  • 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 submit another application. Simply email photos or scans of your additional documents to mbtayouthpass@boston.gov
  • Missing Documents
    • If you receive this email, there was a problem with your document upload. 
    • You are not required to submit another application. Simply email photos or scans of your documents to mbtayouthpass@boston.gov.
  • Application Denied
    • If you receive this email, you are either ineligible to receive a MBTA Youth Pass or ineligible to receive one in Boston.
    • Please review this email carefully. It explains all the possible reasons your application response may have been denied.
    • If your residency or program enrollment changes and you become eligible for the Youth Pass Program in Boston, you are welcome to apply again.

When your application is approved, you will receive an email containing the program acceptance letter. You will also receive this letter on paper with your card. The email you receive will have information about receiving your card based on what you chose on the application. 

  • If you chose to have your card mailed to you, you will receive it at the mailing address you provided on the application within seven business days.
  • If you chose to pick up your card at our office, be sure to check the email for our current pickup hours. 
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