The Best Reason to Take the T is All Around You
MBTA Orange Line 30-day shutdown
From Friday, August 19 until Sunday, September 18, the MBTA expects to shut down the entire Orange Line to perform upgrades to improve rail safety and train reliability. More details available here.
- Free, accessible shuttle buses will replace Orange Line service during the shutdown.
- Enhanced Commuter Rail options during the shutdown will enable riders to access the Commuter Rail in Zones 1A, 1, and 2 by showing their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket to a conductor.
- Note that most Cambridge-campus MIT employees’ ID cards are embedded with the “Charlie INSIDE” chip (the Access MIT Pass) and function as CharlieCards; locate the “Charlie INSIDE” logo on the back of your MIT ID, and show this to the conductor.
- Any subsidized monthly T-pass or Link Pass purchased by a Cambridge-based MIT student will continue to work as usual for bus and subway services and will also enable access to the Commuter Rail in Zones 1A, 1, and 2 during the shutdown.
MBTA commuter and local lines update
- The MBTA has adjusted its subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry services for the summer months and to support new travel patterns and behaviors. Review the details of these changes on their website.
- In addition, be sure to check the MBTA schedules pages for day-to-day updates or alerts.
- Learn about the Ride Safer program and explore links to real-time crowding data.
- Face coverings are no longer required for MBTA riders except on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit and asks that riders respect their fellow passengers’ decisions.
- Full details are available at mbta.com/covid19.
How to cancel a Commuter Rail Pass or LinkPass
To cancel or suspend your MBTA public transit pass:
- Visit Atlas by noon on the 15th day of the month before the month you want to suspend or cancel (i.e., by August 15 to suspend September, etc.)
- Click “About Me” in the top navigation bar, and then click “Commuting Benefits” in the left-hand navigation
- In the MBTA T-Pass Subsidy block, click “Manage Account”
- Choose 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.”
- Note: The “suspend” option through Atlas can only be used for three months. If you suspect that you will not be returning to campus for three months or longer, consider canceling your LinkPass or Commuter Rail Pass. When you are ready to reactivate your pass, you will need to place the order at least one month and one day in advance of the month you need. You can also email Robynn Cruz-Walker for assistance.
Please note that the Access MIT chip embedded in most employee’s MIT IDs enables free, unrestricted use of the local bus and subway systems, and there is never any need to cancel it. However, if you are canceling or suspending a monthly T-pass, but you still want access to the local bus and subway systems, you will need to get a new MIT ID card with an activated Access MIT chip. See the T-pass FAQ for more details.
To resume your Commuter Rail pass or LinkPass
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.
Kendall Square is a flourishing innovation hub that attracts start-ups and global enterprises from around the world. Each year, new researchers, technologists, scientists, students and entrepreneurs join the ranks of these organizations to make profound new discoveries and build technologies that are changing the world. However, the vibrancy and changes within our community also have an impact on our environment, infrastructure and transportation systems.
The Institute's Access MIT program provides Cambridge employees with a variety of affordable, low-carbon transportation options designed to inspire a change in the way the MIT community thinks about commuting. By connecting programs, education, decision-making, and modes of transportation, Access MIT strives to create a new awareness and shared understanding of transportation choices and their impacts.
Public transit is a vital low-carbon mode of transportation, and Access MIT is just one of the ways MIT encourages its use through subsidies for students, faculty, and staff. Find out more about how you can save by taking the T:
MBTA information and pricing for students
MBTA information and pricing for Cambridge campus faculty and staff
MBTA information and pricing for Lincoln Lab employees