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T-Pass Program for Cambridge Campus Employees

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MBTA Commuter Rail and LinkPass distribution during COVID-19

The Atlas Service Center closed in-person operations on March 17 until further notice. Following are the pass distribution plans during the closure. Please note that no action is required for employees who have the Access MIT chip embedded in your MIT ID and your ability to utilize the free local bus and train will continue.

LinkPass and Commuter Rail Pass instructions

To cancel or suspend passes for May and onward:

  • Visit Atlas by midnight on April 15
  • Click “About Me” in the top navigation bar
  • Click “Commuting Benefits” in the left-hand navigation
  • In the MBTA T-Pass Subsidy block, click “Manage Account”
  • Click on either Cancel or Suspend
  • If you wish to suspend your pass, click the “Suspended from” and “Resume on” drop-down boxes, enter the months, and click Save.
  • If you wish to Cancel your pass, click the “Cancel from” drop-down box, click on the month, and click Save.

To resume your MBTA Pass
Note that the MBTA process to resume your T-Pass enrollment requires you to place the order at least one month and one day in advance of the month you need.

To change delivery location for your MBTA Pass
If you wish to have your T-pass delivery method changed:

  • Visit Atlas
  • Click “About Me” in the top navigation bar
  • Click “Commuting Benefits” in the left-hand navigation
  • In the MBTA T-Pass Subsidy block, click “Manage Account”
  • Click on “Change delivery method”
  • Click on the desired “New Delivery method”
  • Click on the month, and click Save.

Contact Robynn Cruz-Walker at rcruz@mit.edu if you need assistance.

Further information is available at the T-Pass FAQ.

The Access MIT program provides many commuter benefits for Cambridge-based benefits-eligible MIT faculty and staff, including:

  • Free, unrestricted use of the MBTA subway and local bus systems through the Access MIT pass embedded in your MIT ID card
  • A 60% discount on monthly T-passes for:
    • Commuter rail plus local bus and subway (covering a range of zones)
    • Inner express bus plus Silver Line, subway, and local bus
    • Outer express bus plus Inner express bus, Silver Line, subway, and local bus
    • Commuter boat plus local bus and subway
  • A 50% discount for parking at MBTA stations, up to $100 per month

If you have an older ID that doesn’t include the Access MIT pass, stop by the MIT Card Office in Building E17-106 between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, and we’ll upgrade and activate your new ID.

Who is eligible?

Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars (fellows and associates) who work on the Cambridge campus are eligible for all elements of this benefit unless they have full-time off-campus or campus resident parking. Any Cambridge-based employee with a full-time off-campus or campus resident parking account has free access to the subway and local bus systems through the Access MIT ID card but is not eligible to apply for a subsidized commuter rail pass, commuter boat pass, or discounted parking at MBTA stations.

How and when to get a T-pass, and how to renew it

You already have free, unrestricted use of the subway and local bus systems through the Access MIT pass embedded in your MIT ID card. If you want a discounted commuter rail, express bus, or commuter boat pass, you can apply through the Atlas system.

To obtain a monthly T-pass for commuter rail, express bus, or commuter boat, you must complete the order in your Atlas account at least one month and one day in advance. The monthly pass will renew each month automatically unless you cancel it online. NOTE: If you obtain a monthly T-pass, the Access MIT chip inside your MIT ID card will be de-activated, and you will need to use the monthly pass to access the subway or local bus systems.

If you want to cancel or suspend your automatically renewing T-pass, you must do this through Atlas by the 15th of your final active month. The T-pass will continue auto-renewing until you cancel.

When and where to pick up the T-pass

Monthly T-passes can be mailed to your home or office address, or you can pick up your pass at the Atlas Service Center (E17-106, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM) during the last three business days of the month prior to activation and any time during the month in which that pass is active.

Please note that the Parking & Transportation Office is not responsible for passes that get lost in the USPS mail system.

How to get reimbursed for parking at a commuter rail station

To access the 50% subsidy for parking at an MBTA station lot, upload your parking receipt(s) to the Transit Reimbursement smart form on Atlas and submit them on a monthly basis.

Pre-tax and/or post-tax payroll deduction for monthly passes

The T-pass cost for the upcoming month will be deducted automatically from the current month’s paycheck. For example, you will see a deduction on your paystub in October for your November T-pass.

Because the T-pass cost is deducted directly from your salary through a payroll deduction, your taxable monthly income is reduced by the amount of that deduction up to the maximum allowed under the tax rules. The balance of the monthly payment is a post-tax deduction that does not reduce your taxable income. If you want the entire amount deducted as a post-tax deduction, you must specifically request this option through Human Resources, in writing, before each October 1st.

On your paycheck, the “MBTA Pass” deduction displays your total cost. Adjustments to taxable income are displayed in the earnings section and labeled as “MBTA Fed Txbl Adj” and/or "MBTA MA Txbl Adj."

If payroll department is unable to deduct the fee

Because T-passes are purchased through MIT, your payment for T-passes must be made as a salary deduction. You cannot receive cash reimbursement for a T-pass purchase you make on your own.

If for any reason the payroll department is unable to deduct the fee from your paycheck, you will have to pay by credit card when you pick up the pass. If payroll is also unable to deduct the fee from your paycheck the next time it is due, and if the problem cannot be rectified, your T-pass account will be terminated.

To make any changes to your T-pass account, visit the Atlas website. T-pass accounts can be suspended for up to three months.

 

MONTHLY PASS ZONES (EFFECTIVE 07/01/2019)
Zone Regular Price Subsidized Price
Local Bus $55.00 N/A
LinkPass $90.00 N/A
Zone 1A $90.00 $36.00
Zone 1 $214.00 $85.60
Zone 2 $232.00 $92.80
Zone 3 $261.00 $104.40
Zone 4 $281.00 $112.40
Zone 5 $311.00 $124.40
Zone 6 $340.00 $136.00
Zone 7 $360.00 $144.00
Zone 8 $388.00 $155.20
Zone 9 $406.00 $162.40
Zone 10 $426.00 $170.40
Inner Express Bus $136.00 $54.40
Outer Express Bus $168.00 $67.20
Hingham/Hull Commuter Ferry $329.00 $131.60
Charlestown Inner Harbor Ferry $90.00 $36.00

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 tpass@mit.edu to request a letter.

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

 RELATED LINKS
 Your Commuting Benefits (Atlas)
 T-pass Subsidy Terms & Conditions (pdf)
 Amtrak
 Commuter Rail Zones
 Massport
 MBTA
 CONTACT INFO

Facilities

Department Directory

Parking & Transportation Office

Atlas Service Center
Street Address: 40 Ames Street
Building: E17-106
Hours: M - F, 8AM - 6PM

parking services

Email: mitparking@mit.edu
Tel: 617-258-6510

t-pass services

Email: tpass@mit.edu
Tel: 617-253-9701

other commuter connections

Email: commuting@mit.edu


Tom Giannino
Manager

Robynn Cruz-Walker
Commuter Program Administrator

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