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T-Pass Program for Cambridge Campus Employees

The Access MIT pass is here! Upgrade your MIT employee ID to tap into our latest commuter benefits program, which includes:

  • Free, unrestricted use of the MBTA subway and local bus systems for benefits-eligible Cambridge campus MIT faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars (fellows and associates)
  • A 60% commuter rail subsidy
  • A 50% subsidy for parking at MBTA stations, up to $100 per month

Upgrading your MIT ID is easy. Stop by the MIT Card Office in Building E17-106 between 8AM and 5PM after the date of your office visit, and we’ll upgrade and activate your new ID, so you can start enjoying the new commuter benefits immediately!

Pre-Tax Salary Reduction for Commuter Rail Users

When you elect to have the cost of an MBTA Commuter Rail Pass deducted directly from your salary, your monthly pay will be automatically reduced by the amount of that deduction up to the maximum allowed under the tax rules (with the balance of the monthly deduction beginning after-tax), unless you specifically elect otherwise, in writing, before each October 1st.

Because T-passes are available for purchase through MIT, your pre-tax payment for T-passes (up to the monthly pre-tax limit) is available only on a direct salary reduction basis. You cannot receive cash reimbursement for T-passes.

Who is Eligible for the Access MIT Pass Program?

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.

Charlie Ticket Pickup Location and Times

When you fill out the T-pass application, you choose the location you pick up your Charlie Ticket (which includes passes for the commuter rail, inner and outer express buses, and commuter boat) every month: the Atlas Service Center (E17-106).

Charlie Tickets 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.

If you cannot pick up your tickets during that time, passes will be held in the Atlas Service Center (E17-106) and are available weekdays from 8AM to 5PM.

To change your pickup location or make other changes to your T-pass selection, go to the Atlas website.


Zone Regular Price Subsidized Price
Local Bus $55.00 N/A
LinkPass $84.50 N/A
Zone 1A $84.50 $33.80
Zone 1 $200.25 $80.10
Zone 2 $217.75 $87.10
Zone 3 $244.25 $97.70
Zone 4 $263.00 $105.20
Zone 5 $291.50 $116.60
Zone 6 $318.00 $127.70
Zone 7 $336.50 $136.40
Zone 8 $363.00 $145.20
Zone 9 $379.50 $151.80
Water Shuttle $308.00 $123.20
Inner Express Bus $128.00 $51.20
Outer Express Bus $168.00 $67.20

Car Insurance Discounts for Public Transit Users

Several auto insurance companies offer a discount to Massachusetts auto owners who use the public transit system as their primary source of transportation. Check with your auto insurance carrier for program details.

The MIT Parking and Transportation Office can provide documentation as proof that you are a monthly transit user. Email to request a letter.

To read other Frequently Asked Questions, go the T-pass FAQs page.

 Your Commuting Benefits (Atlas)
 T-pass Subsidy Terms & Conditions (pdf)
 Commuter Rail Zones


Department Directory

Parking & Transportation Office

Hours: M - F, 8AM - 5PM
Building: E17-106
Fax: 617-258-6357

parking services

Tel: 617-258-6510

t-pass services

Tel: 617-253-9701

other commuter connections


Tom Giannino

Robynn Cruz-Walker
Commuter Program Administrator

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