Winthrop Joins MBTA Youth Pass Program

The MBTA and the Town of Winthrop are pleased to announce that Winthrop has joined the T’s Youth Pass program, which helps provide affordable transit access for young people with low-income.

“We’re excited to see Winthrop partner with us on the Youth Pass program, and join our growing list of participating municipal partners in offering the Youth Pass’s benefits to so many eligible young people,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “The Youth Pass provides discounted fares to eligible young people with half-off one-way fares and monthly passes for just $30. Better access to transit is a critical component in increasing broad access to jobs and educational opportunities, and we’re so glad to see this option now provided to young adults in the Winthrop community.”  

“Winthrop is excited to join this program and offer this valuable service to our eligible youth,” said Winthrop Town Manager Tony Marino. “Having this service makes it easier for our young people to get to work and other programs offered in the surrounding Cities and Towns. Special thanks to the MBTA and all involved for making this a reality!”

The Youth Pass is a card that can be used by eligible young adults with low incomes to purchase roughly 50% reduced one-way fares and/or $10 7-Day LinkPasses or $30 monthly LinkPasses for the bus, subway, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A stations at MBTA Fare Vending Machines, the CharlieCard Store, fare boxes on buses and trolleys at street-level stops, or at retail sales locations. Youth Pass cards can also be used to purchase half-price one-way fares and monthly passes for Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry.

Young people residing in Winthrop who are interested in applying to the reduced fare Youth Pass program should complete the Youth Pass online application available at mbta.com/youthpass/apply. Approved applicants will receive their cards in the mail or can pick up their card at Winthrop’s Department of Public Health & Clinical Services located at 45 Pauline Street in Winthrop.

In order to qualify for the Youth Pass, a young person must live in a participating city or town and either:

  • Be between 18 and 25 years old and enrolled in at least one of the following  Youth Pass partner programs (college and university students may be eligible for Semester Passes):
    • Alternative education program (e.g., high school equivalency degree programs);
    • Job training or professional development program (e.g., Year Up, Roca);
    • State or federal benefit program (e.g., MassHealth, SNAP, fuel assistance);
  • Be between 12 and 17 years old and not enrolled in middle or high school (students enrolled in middle or high school may receive a Student CharlieCard through their school).

The MBTA is excited for the Town of Winthrop to join the growing list of municipalities and community partners participating in the Youth Pass program. Other participating communities include:

  • Abington (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Arlington
  • Attleboro
  • Avon (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Boston
  • Bridgewater (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Brockton
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
  • Chelsea
  • East Bridgewater (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Easton (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Everett
  • Framingham
  • Hanson (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Lexington
  • Malden
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • Newton
  • The North Shore
  • Quincy
  • Reading
  • Revere
  • Rockland (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Somerville
  • Stoughton (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Wakefield
  • Watertown
  • West Bridgewater (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Whitman (through Brockton Area Transit)
  • Worcester

For more information, visit mbta.com/youthpass-eligibility, or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook /TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.