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Student T-Pass Program

MIT subsidizes 50% of the cost of MBTA monthly passes for students. Once you are enrolled in the program, you will receive a Charlie Card that allows you to access the MBTA bus and/or subway systems. A Charlie Ticket will be ordered for Inner and Outer Express Bus, Commuter Rail, and Commuter Boat riders, and will be ready for pick up during the last three business days of each month. Student semester passes are also available and are valid during each month of the semester. Please be aware that a semester pass cannot be cancelled or returned. New semester passes are issued each semester.

Who is Eligible for the MIT T-Pass Program?

MIT students who are enrolled in a degree program and do not have a full parking permit. Note: Cross-registered and visiting students are not eligible.

Apply online for a T-pass through Atlas.

T-Pass Pickup Location and Times

When you fill out the T-pass application, you choose the location where 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 $27.50
LinkPass $84.50 $42.25
Zone 1A $84.50 $42.25
Zone 1 $200.25 $100.13
Zone 2 $217.75 $108.88
Zone 3 $244.25 $122.13
Zone 4 $263.00 $131.50
Zone 5 $291.50 $145.75
Zone 6 $318.00 $159.00
Zone 7 $336.50 $168.25
Zone 8 $363.00 $181.50
Zone 9 $379.50 $189.75
Water Shuttle $308.00 $199.13
Inner Express Bus $128.00 $64.00
Outer Express Bus $168.00 $84.00

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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