Youth Pass

Youth Pass

On June 6, 2016, we won our nine-year campaign for a Youth Pass!

Starting this September, young people ages 12 to 25 will be able to purchase a reduced-price monthly MBTA pass. The pass will be available to all youth ages 12 to 18, along with low-income youth ages 19 to 25, making our Youth Pass one of the most inclusive in the country.

We also won a two-month extension of our pilot program, which was set to end on June 30. This allows current participants to continue on the program until September, when the permanent Youth Pass will be available on Charlie Card machines.

This victory is made possible by nearly a decade of powerful, youth-led organizing. Thousands of young people took part in this campaign, launching Youth Way on the MBTA in 2007, writing the Opportuni(T) report in 2011, forming the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition in 2013, sitting in at the transportation building in 2014, leading thousands of young people in marches and rallies, participating in the MBTA Youth Pass working group and more.

Along the way, we won key improvements to the existing Student Pass that opened transit access for tens of thousands of students as well. Nine years ago, the pass stopped working at 8:00 p.m., and wasn't valid on weekends, holidays, school vacation or the summer. We routinely heard stories from young people who were forced to walk home after being stranded by the 8:00 p.m. cut-off time. 

Today, the Student Pass can be used anytime the T is running, as well as on weekends and days off. Starting next year, the pass will also be available during summer months. 

These comprehensive Youth and Student Passes support young people in the transition from adolescence to adulthood, a crucial time for learning and exploring opportunities. Affordable public transportation removes barriers to education, work, healthcare, extracurricular activities and more. We applaud the determination and courage of the many youth leaders who have fought to make this vision a reality.

A heartfelt thank you to members, supporters and allies for your support in accomplishing this tremendous victory!

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July 1, 2015

Our Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) and partners have been fighting for a Youth Pass since 2007 through the Youth Way on the MBTA campaign and the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC), a coalition run by REEP. Our primary campaign has been to win a Youth Pass. This pass is our solution to the youth rider affordability crisis in which one-third of Boston youth regularly miss out on opportunities because of unaffordable fares.

Our vision: The monthly pass would be affordable, have no time or day restrictions and would be available to all youth from 12 to 21 years old. Accessible public transportation will prevent young people from getting stranded, increase opportunities for jobs and extracurricular activities, and make sure youth have equal access to everything from education to healthcare.

On July 1, 2015, the MBTA officially launched a pilot program of our Youth Pass! The Youth Pass pilot will run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, with weekly ($7) and monthly ($26) passes available to 1,500 youth ages 12 to 21 in Boston, Chelsea, Medford and Somerville. Find out if you are eligible to participate and sign up today!

Learn more...

See more on the Youth Pass pilot programYouth Pass pilot: On July 1, 2015, the Youth Pass pilot program opens to 1,500 young people in Boston. For eight years, leaders of the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) have fought for an affordable and unrestricted MBTA Yass. Last year, the MBTA agreed to implement a one-year pilot program of our Youth Pass. Read more...

 

Young people begin sit-in for a Youth Pass at Secretary Richard Davey's office

Sit-in for Opportuni(T): In 2014, 30 youth and supporters from the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) held a Sit-in for Opportuni(T) in the office of Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey. Boston-area youth have worked since 2007 to make the MBTA more affordable by creating a Youth Pass. Read more...

Learn more about YAC!

Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition: YAC fights for an affordable Youth Pass for everyone 12-21 available all year with no time or day restrictions. The Youth Pass is a solution to the youth rider crisis that strands a third of Boston's youth riders from school, work, extracurriculars, healthcare and safe travel because they can't afford the T. Read more...

Learn more about the Youth Pass pilot

Youth Pass pilot information [pdf]: Learn more about the Youth Pass pilot, how it works, and the history behind the campaign. Read more...

Learn more about eligibility for the Youth Pass pilot

Youth Pass pilot eligibility [pdf] Are you eligible to participate in the Youth Pass pilot? Read more and find out! You can still sign up for rolling registration.

Read Hakim's story

Hakim Sutherland, YAC member profile: "I’m from Boston. I like to make music, I like to draw, I like bike riding and enjoying the city. I got involved with ACE when REEP Director Dave Jenkins was teaching a history class at my high school when I was a freshman. I asked my teacher about a picture on the wall of teens rallying – there were three REEPers, one holding a bullhorn, and I was like, what is that? She said Dave was there at the rally and introduced me and I became a youth organizer." Read more...

Read Trae's story

Trae Weekes, Youth Organizer profile: "I’m from Dorchester, I’m 16 and I’m a youth organizer and also a writer. I got involved with ACE when I met [ACE staff] David Noiles at the Summer Leadership Program (SLP), and he got me into REEP. I work on all three REEP campaigns." Read more...

Read Kenisha's testimony

Kenisha Allen, Youth Organizer testimony: "I’m Kenni and I’m the Work Superhero of the Youth Justice League, and I represent the two-thirds of Boston’s youth population who ride the T every day. The MBTA is a lifeline for youth, because of our age and income we rely on it for everything in our lives." Read more...