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Youth Pass

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Learn more about reduced fare programs available for children, students, seniors, and people with disabilities.

The Youth Pass offers low-income young adults access to the MBTA with reduced fares. Eligible people can purchase a LinkPass (unlimited subway and local bus) for $30/month or add stored value and ride for a reduced rate. 

How to Apply

    You may be eligible for the Youth Pass if:

    • You live in a participating city or town
    • You are not enrolled in middle or high school*
    • You are 25 or younger (as of October 31, 2018)
      • If you are between 18 and 25, you must be enrolled in an accepted GED or job training program, or state or federal benefit program

    Learn more by reading the Youth Pass Eligibility Criteria

    *If you’re a student, you may be able to get discounted fares through your school.

    To apply:

    1. Contact the community partner in your city to express your interest.
    2. Fill out an application form.
    3. Gather any required documents.
    4. Bring everything to the community partner in the city where you live.
    5. If eligible, you will receive a Youth Pass CharlieCard with your name and picture on it. 

    All Youth Pass CharlieCards expire on November 1 each year. You’ll have to go through the same enrollment steps above to renew. You'll be given a new card when you submit your application to re-enroll if it's approved. 

    Participating Cities and Communities

    For application forms and more information about how to enroll, contact the community partner in your city.

    Cities and towns interested in joining the program should email youthpass@mbta.com.

    Town of Arlington
    Health and Human Services
    MBTAYouthPass@town.arlington.ma.us
    781-316-3255

    City of Boston
    Boston Centers for Youth & Families
    Youth Engagement and Employment Division
    youthline@boston.gov
    617-635-4202

    City of Malden
    Elaina Savino
    esavino@cityofmalden.org
    781-397-7000 ext. 2001

    Quincy Asian Resources
    Qi Qin, Director of Outreach
    qi@quincyasianresources.org
    617-472-2200

    City of Somerville
    Health and Human Services
    Chris Hosman
    chosman@somervillema.gov
    617-625-6600 ext. 2406

    After You’re Enrolled

    Once you receive your card, you can use it at any fare vending machine or retail sales terminal to add stored value or monthly passes. You can also add cash value at fare boxes onboard street-level trolleys and buses.

    The Youth Pass does not extend reduced fare benefits to rides on the Commuter Rail or ferry.