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Reduced Fare Eligibility

Note: Children aged 11 years and under and persons who are blind or visually impaired ride all MBTA services for free. Discounts apply to One Way fares only.


People aged 65 years and older are eligible for reduced fares on MBTA services. Seniors must have a Senior CharlieCard in order to receive the reduced fare. Senior CharlieCards can be requested at the CharlieCard Store located in Downtown Crossing (view details), or at a Senior CharlieCard Event (view details).

Senior CharlieCard
A senior ID card

Persons With Disabilities

Persons with disabilities may receive reduced fares on MBTA services with a Transport Access Pass (TAP). Transport Access Passes can be requested with a completed TAP application at the CharlieCard Store located in Downtown Crossing (view details).

Transportation Access Pass
A transportation access pass


Middle and High School students are eligible for a reduced fare if their school issues them a Student CharlieCard. All Student CharlieCards expire on August 31st each year and are reissued by schools for the following year. Please direct all questions and concerns regarding lost, stolen, and/or replacements of Student CharlieCards to your school administrator.

If you're a Boston Public Schools student, learn how you can take the T to school.

College students may be eligible for reduced fares through a Semester Pass Program. For more information, please contact an administrator at your school.

School administrators can learn more by visiting the pass program website or by calling (617) 222-5710.

Student CharlieCard
A Student CharlieCard

Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

People who are blind or visually impaired ride all MBTA services for free with a Blind Access CharlieCard, available at the CharlieCard Store (view details).

Guides accompanying blind or visually impaired customers will also ride for free.

In order to receive a Blind Access CharlieCard, you must have a valid, non-expired ID from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and a recently dated certificate from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Out-of-state customers may bring documentation from their permanent state of residence to be reviewed for eligibility.

Youth Pass Program

The MBTA Youth Pass is a collaboration between the MBTA and partner cities. The Youth Pass program provides access to a reduced fare LinkPass to low-income young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who do not have access to the Student Pass program. Young people demonstrate eligibility once a year at city offices and receive a Youth Pass CharlieCard that allows them to purchase a reduced fare LinkPass.