The MBTA wants to make it easier for low-income youth to use the transit system at a reduced fare.
This week, the T announced the launch of a new secure online application for its MBTA Youth Pass program, which offers eligible young people half-price one-way fares.
According to the MBTA, more than 3,900 young people signed up for the youth pass program between November 2020 and October 2021. The transit agency said it has already received 4,567 applications for the current pass program. pass for young people.
The new online application comes at a critical time for eligible Boston youth and young adults. It streamlines the process for young drivers who previously had to complete the application process in person at their local youth pass office.
Previously, young riders had to bring their eligibility documents and submit a paper application in person. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made it a priority for the T to put the app online, so that it is accessible to young runners wishing to register remotely.
“Giving young adults more convenient access to this secure, easy-to-use app is another step in providing broader access to the MBTA system through Youth Pass discounted rates and monthly passes,” said MBTA Chief Executive Steve Poftak in a press release. . “We continue to be excited to expand the reach of the Youth Pass through our municipal and community partnerships, and we are proud to see the official launch of this online application, which we aim to expand to other programs. at a reduced rate in 2022. »
The online application is available at mbta.com/youthpass/apply in English, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese. The web portal allows passengers to upload their eligibility documents and choose to receive their Youth Pass card in the mail or pick it up at their local Youth Pass office.
The MBTA aims to expand the youth pass program to more areas outside of the city and suburbs. The agency also launched a marketing campaign through the T’s social media accounts and in-station digital screens to raise awareness of the new online portal.
T officials said they plan to expand online applications to other free and discounted programs in 2022.
What to know about the MBTA Youth Pass
The MBTA Youth Pass allows low-income young passengers to purchase 50% discounted one-way fares or $30 monthly LinkPasses for bus, subway and Fairmount Line Zone 1A stations. Eligible passengers can also purchase half-price one-way fares for the commuter rail, express bus and ferry.
To be eligible for the pass, runners must:
- Live in a participating city or town.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 25 and enrolled in a Youth Pass partner program, such as MassHealth, SNAP, Year Up, or public housing.
- Or be between the ages of 12 and 17 and unable to get a Student CharlieCard at school.
Cities participating in the T’s Youth Pass program include Arlington, Attleboro, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Wakefield, Watertown and Worcester, as well as several cities in the North Shore.
Youth passes for the 2022 program year are valid until October 31, 2022.
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