Frequently Asked Questions About Public Transportation
View parking and T-pass FAQs specific to the Access MIT program on the Access MIT FAQ page.
How do I apply for a subsidized T-pass?
You can apply for your T-pass through Atlas.
Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars who work on the Cambridge campus are eligible to receive the free T-pass embedded in their MIT ID card, or a subsidized commuter rail pass. Learn more about the Access MIT program. Only faculty and staff who have payroll deductions and do not have a full-time parking permit can apply for a subsidized commuter rail 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.
Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars on the Cambridge campus automatically receive the fully subsidized t-pass for subway and local bus embedded in their MIT ID card.
Students can take part in only one subsidized program and must choose either a full-time parking permit or a subsidized T-pass.
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 credit card, 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. Pre-tax deductions offer a cost savings by reducing your taxable income.
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 Atlas Service Center (E17-106) 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 permanently closes your T-pass account.
Suspending a T-pass allows you to stop receiving your T-pass temporarily, and you may resume receiving the pass 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?
Go to Atlas.
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.
Students must pick up their T-pass at the Atlas Service Center (E17-106).
Employees may choose to have their T-pass mailed to their home or office. Please note, the Parking Office is not responsible for replacement of lost Commuter Rail passes that have been mailed to offices or home addresses.
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 Atlas Service Center (E17-106).
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 lost Bus, Link and semester passes for a fee of $25.00. Lost or stolen commuter rails passes must be replaced at the MBTA stations where passes are sold. The Parking Office is not responsible for replacement of lost Commuter Rail passes that have been mailed to offices or home addresses.
T-passes are available for pick up during the last three business days and the first business day of the month at the Atlas Service Center (E17-106) from 8AM to 5PM.