Public Transport

The MBTA offers a few reduce fares programs. There are some for seniors, and persons with different abilities. The low income youth program is a great resource for young adults. All Charlie Cards are reloadable, and cardholders can even buy monthly passes for local trains and buses at a reduced rate.

When using the commuter rail, the MBTA requires reduced fare customers to present Charlie Card with boarding pass, since the card also has a photo of the cardholder and can only be used for the applicant.

Here are a few things to keep in mind. There are several riders who qualify for free fares. With some limitations,children 11 and under are included in this group. Visit the MBTA's website for more details.

Your Charlie Card can be used in several cities outside of Boston. Seniors and persons with disabilities may benefit from their free training programs.

Tech Savvy?

Charlie Online & mTicket APP

Charlie Card Online

Explore the benefits of purchasing your fare through the internet by upgrading your Charlie Card for online access. Benefits include adding stored value to your card and buying passes. It's a practical solution for communities without local fare machines.


Try downloading the mTicket app. In the app you can purchase commuter rail tickets, and when available, purchase specials (like the $10 weekend pass). Although you can apply your reduce fare directly in the mTicket app, you are required to have it available to present to the conductor. To apply reduced fare cards in the mTicket app you'll need to create an account in the mTicket app.

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