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Fall 2022 MBTA Semester Pass Program

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The entire Orange Line will be shut down for service work starting at approximately 9pm Friday, August 19th through September 18th with service resuming Monday, September 19, to improve service, safety, and reliability on a faster timeline. Learn more and find alternative travel options here:

Please be aware that there is a $5 service fee for each pass.  To review our service fees for ticketed events, please refer to the main page.

Whether you are taking the light rail known as the “T” or the commuter rail, many students take advantage of the public transportation options offered by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). MCPHS University participates in the MBTA Semester Pass Program offered for the Fall and Spring semesters only for students. In order to register for the Semester Pass Program, you must be enrolled as a full-time MCPHS University student. Students may only purchase one pass for themselves.

No cancellations or refunds can be processed once the specified registration deadlines have passed. These are policies set by the MBTA and are not subject to change.


Below you will find information regarding the MBTA Semester Pass Program. This program is a joint effort between the Center for Campus Life and the MBTA to provide students with discounted MBTA passes. Please read all the information below carefully to learn more about the program and choose the pass that will be best for you.

Fall Semester Pass Registration Period: June 1st until August 7th at 11:59 PM.

Fall semester passes will begin on September 1, 2022, and will remain active through December 31, 2022. 

Pass distribution will take place from Tuesday, August 30 - Thursday, September 1 from 9 AM - 6 PM in conjunction with Move-In Day and Welcome Nest events. The Center for Campus Life will notify students via their MCPHS email regarding pass pick-up once we receive all passes from the MBTA.

The amounts below reflect the MBTA Semester Pass prices and the additional discount provided by the Center for Campus Life at MCPHS University. The Center for Campus Life provides students with an additional 9% discount in addition to the MBTA 11% discounted rate (20% savings). 

CharlieCard Passes
LinkPass, Local Bus, Inner Express, passes will be loaded onto a CharlieCard, which will remain valid for the Spring Semester.CharlieCards issued for the Semester Pass Program are only valid for the time period specified. Please do not add a monthly pass or fare value to your CharlieCard as the card will expire when the program ends. CharlieCards that have been lost, stolen, or damaged, can be replaced within 3-5 business days. To report a lost pass, please e-mail

Local Bus $153.60
Any MBTA Bus or Trackless Trolley
Silver Line from Dudley to Downtown Crossing/South Station

LinkPass $256.00

All Subway lines: Blue, Orange, Green, Red, and Silver Line
All Local Bus and Trackless Trolley routes

Inner Express Bus $387.20

Valid on Inner Express Bus PLUS Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A
Routes: #170, 325, 352, 355, 326, 351, 424, 426, 428, 434, 448,449, 450, 455, 459, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 553, 554, 555, 556 & 558
All Subway lines: Blue, Orange, Green, Red, and Silver Line
All Local Bus and Trackless Trolley routes

      Commuter Rail and Boat Passes
      Commuter Rail and Boat Passes (Zone 1A-Zone 10 and Boat Pass) are distributed each month for the time period specified. Please know that lost, damaged, or stolen Commuter Rail and Boat Passes cannot be replaced. No exceptions.

      Zone 1A $256.00
      All Subway lines: Blue, Orange, Green, Red, and Silver Line
      All Local Bus and Trackless Trolley routes
      Commuter Rail Zone 1A: Chelsea • Forest Hills • JFK/UMASS • Malden Ctr. • Morton St. • Porter Square • Ruggles • Uphamas Corner • West Medford • Yawkey
      Inner Harbor Ferries

      Zone 1 $608.00

      All Subway lines: Blue, Orange, Green, Red, and Silver Line
      All Local Bus and Trackless Trolley routes
      All Zone 1A services plus: 
      Commuter Rail Zone 1: Bellevue • Belmont • Fairmont • Highland • Hyde Park • Melrose- Cedar Park • Melrose Highlands • Newtownville • Quincy Center • Roslindale Village • Waverley • Wedgemere • West Roxbury • Winchester • Wyoming Hill

      Zone 2 $659.20

      All “Zone 1” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 2: Anderson (Woburn) • Auburndale (Newton) • Braintree • Brandeis-Roberts • Dedham Corporate Ctr. • East Weymouth • Endicott • Greenwood • Hersey • Lynn-Central Square • Mishawum • Needham Center • Needham Heights • Needham Junction • Reading • Readville • River Works • Route 128 • Wakefield • Waltham • West Newton • Weymouth Landing/East Braintree

      Zone 3 $742.40

      All “Zone 1 & 2” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 3: Canton Center • Canton Junction • Hastings • Holbrook - Randolph• Islington • Kendal Green • North Wilmington • Norwood Central• Norwood Depot • Salem • Silver Hill • South Weymouth • Swampscott• Wellesley Farms • Wellesley Hills • Wellesley Square• West Hingham• Wilmington

      Zone 4 $800.00

      All “Zone 1-3” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 4: Abington • Ballardvale • Beverly Depot • Brockton • Cohasset • Lincoln• Montserrat • Montello • Nantasket Junction • Natick • Plimptonville• Sharon • Stoughton • Walpole • West Natick • Windsor Gardens

      Zone 5 $883.20

      All “Zone 1-4” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 5: Andover • Beverly Farms • Campello • Concord • Framingham • Hamilton-Wenham • Norfolk • North Beverly • North Billerica• North Scituate • Prides Crossing • West Concord • Whitman

      Zone 6 $966.40

      All “Zone 1-5” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 6: Ashland • Bridgewater • Forge Park • Franklin • Greenbush • Hanson • Ipswich • Lawrence • Lowell • Manchester • Mansfield • South Acton • Southborough

      Zone 7 $1,024.00

      All “Zone 1-6” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 7: Attleboro • Bradford • Gloucester • Halifax • Haverhill • Littleton-495 • Rowley • South Attleboro • West Gloucester • Westborough

      Zone 8 $1,104.00

      All “Zone 1-7” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 8: Ayer • Fitchburg • Grafton • Kingston-Route 3 • Middleborough-Lakeville • Newburyport • North Leominster • Plymouth • Providence • Rockport • Shirley • Worcester (Union Station)

      Zone 9 $1,155.20

      All “Zone 1-8” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 9:T.F. Green Airport

      Zone 10 $1,212.80

      All “Zone 1-9” services plus:
      Commuter Rail Zone 10: Wickford Junction

      Boat Pass $934.40

      All “Zone 1-4” services plus:
      Commuter Boats:• Hingham Ship Yard • Inner Harbor Ferries • Pemberton Point, Hull • Quincy Fore River Shipyard
      The Boat pass is accepted for Zone 1A through Zone 4 on Commuter Rail. Commuter Rail passes Zones 5-8 are accepted on the Boat.

      NOTE: Please know that these passes do not work in the Worcester area: LINK, Local Bus, and Inner Express Bus.


      Is getting the MBTA Semester Pass right for me?
      From a cost-benefit perspective, you may consider purchasing a CharlieCard through the MBTA; load it with cash to pay for fares if they are infrequent. If you believe you will be using MBTA services daily, then the Semester Pass Program is most likely right for you. The Semester Pass Program offers discounted rates of the regular monthly pass price.

      If you only need to use the Green Line and other Subway lines, along with Local Bus routes, and not any of the commuter rail stops, we recommend the LinkPass instead of the Zone 1A pass. 

      Which pass is right for me? 
      We recommend you use the MBTA's Trip Planner tool to find trip suggestions. Based on the information from the Trip Planner you can identify which passes offer the services you may need (Subway, Bus, Commuter rail, etc.). 

      You can also learn more about various passes and fare information on the MBTA's College and University Student Guide page. More information is available on the MBTA website.

      Contact Us

      Do you have any further questions or concerns? Please contact the Center for Campus Life by email at or by calling 617-732-2086

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