Frequently Asked Questions About Public Transportation
How do I apply for a subsidized T-pass?
You can apply for your T-pass by going to the T-pass web site at https://commuting.mit.edu.
Faculty and Staff: Only faculty and staff who have payroll deductions and do not have a full-time parking permit can apply for a subsidized T-pass.
Students: Only registered students who have a current bursar's (student) account and do not have full-time parking can apply for a subsidized T-pass.
Affiliates, spouses, children, temporary employees and visiting scholars who are not paid by MIT cannot apply for a subsidized T-pass.
Yes, you can apply for an Occasional/Evening parking permit and a subsidized T-pass.
No, because both are subsidized programs. You can take part in only one subsidized program.
When a student graduates, can he or she still apply for a subsidized T-pass?
No, only registered students who have a current bursar's account can get a subsidized T-pass.
The MBTA provides a list of types of T-passes.
Can I pay by check or cash for my subsidized T-pass ?
Faculty and Staff: No, you can only pay through your payroll deduction.
Students: No, you can only pay through your bursar's (student) account.
What do pre-tax and post-tax dollars mean?
You could see two deductions on your pay stub for your T-pass: a pre-tax amount and a post tax amount based on the current tax law.
How far in advance do I need to apply for a T-pass?
You have to apply one month and a day in advance.
Example: If you want a T-pass for the month of November, you must apply for it by the last business day in September.
Why do I need to apply one month and day in advance for a T-pass?
The MBTA requires that T-pass orders be submitted one month in advance.
The deadline for those months has already passed.
If I am a faculty or staff member, do I apply every semester or every academic year for a subsidized T-pass?
No, you sign up just once and your T-pass request will continue until you cancel it.
For a September T-pass:
- If you apply by August 15, a September T-pass will be available for pickup on the last three business days of August.
- If you apply after August 15, your first pass will be for the month of October. However, you may stop by the Parking Office (W20-022) on the last three business days of August to purchase a September pass.
- September T-passes will be available for sale until September 2.
For an October T-pass:
- The application deadline to apply for an October T-pass is August 31. An October T-pass will be available for pickup on the last three business days of September.
What is the difference between canceling a T-pass and suspending a T-pass?
Canceling a T-pass means that you don't want a T-pass anymore, and you want to close your T-pass account.
Suspending a T-pass means that you want to stop receiving your T-pass temporarily, but want to resume receiving one at a later date.
How far in advance do I need to cancel my T-pass account?
You have to cancel on or before the 15th of the previous month.
Example: If you want to cancel your T-pass account starting in July, you must cancel your account no later than June 15.
How far in advance do I need to make a "suspend" request?
You have to suspend your T-pass account on or before the 15th of the previous month.
Example: If you are suspending for July, you must make your suspend request no later than June 15.
How do I change information, cancel or suspend my T-pass after I submitted my application?
1. Go to https://commuting.mit.edu.
2. Select the appropriate heading: faculty, staff, and affiliate, or student. A summary of your current T-pass account displays.
3. To see more information about your account, use the "continue" button. The T-pass Account Information screen displays.
4. To change some information, cancel your account or suspend it temporarily:
Faculty and staff: use the "change, cancel, or suspend" button.
Students: use the "change" button.
Please note that you must submit your cancellation request by the 15th of a month in order for the change to take effect the following month.
No, it's your responsibility to cancel your account.
Can someone pick up my T-pass for me?
Yes. The person must show his or her MIT ID. Also, that person must bring one of the following:
- Your MIT ID
- A photocopy of your MIT ID with an authorization for that person to sign for the pass.
No, it is too valuable to send through interdepartmental mail or U.S. Mail. Someone has to pick it up and sign for it.
Can I pick up my T-pass in the middle of the month?
Yes, if you have paid for it. Your T-pass will be held for you in the Parking Office (W20-022).
Yes, you will be charged for it until you cancel it.
If I lose my T-pass, can it be replaced?
The Parking and Transportation Office can provide a replacement CharlieCard for a $15 replacement fee. Lost or stolen CharlieTickets must be replaced at an MBTA station where passes are sold.
When you fill out the T-pass application, you choose which location you want to pick up your T-pass from: the Stata Center, outside of Room 32-155 or the Parking and Transportation Office, Room W20-022.
T-passes are available for pick up during the last three business days and the first business day of the month at the Stata Center, First Floor lobby in the Vassar/Main Street lobby entrance, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or the Parking and Transportation Office, Room W20-022 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.