Reduced Fare Program

Youth Pass

The MBTA is pleased to be able to offer a Youth Pass to eligible young people beginning on February 1, 2017. This product is designed to help provide affordable transit access for low-income young people. In order to qualify, you must:

  • Not be enrolled in middle or high school (these students may receive a Student CharlieCard through their school – contact your school for more information)
  • Be born after November 1, 1991
  • If you were born after November 1, 1991 but before November 1, 1998, you must also show that you are enrolled in one of the MBTA’s accepted GED or job training programs or meet the MBTA Youth Pass Eligibility Criteria
  • Live in a participating city or town (Currently Boston, Chelsea, Malden, Quincy, or Somerville)

The Youth Pass is a card which holders can use at MBTA Fare Vending Machines or Retail Sales Terminals to purchase a reduced price LinkPass for $30 a month. Holders can also add stored value onto the card and ride the MBTA bus and subway system at the reduced fare rate. The Youth Pass does not provide a reduced fare for the Commuter Rail.

The Youth Pass card is distributed through our municipal and community partners. In order to join the Youth Pass program, once a year young people will have to fill out an application and bring it along with required documentation to their city for verification. All Youth Pass cards expire on November 1st and require re-enrollment. 

For more information about how to enroll please contact the participating city partner.


Eligible residents of Boston, please fill out the City of Boston Youth Pass Intake Form

For more info:



781.397.7000 x2001

Quincy Asian Resources

617-666-3311 X 4309

Cities interested in joining the program can contact

To All Senior/TAP Customers:

Discounted rides and passes require a Senior/TAP CharlieCard, which can be requested, at the CharlieCard Store located in downtown Boston. Adjacent to the Red and Orange Lines at Downtown Crossing Station, the CharlieCard Store is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Call 617-222-3200 or 617-222-5854 (TTY) for more information.