If you’re a Massachusetts resident aged 65 or older, you’re eligible for a reduced fare MBTA Charlie Card.
As of July 2016, you can ride the bus for 85 cents, the T for $1.10, and the commuter rail for half price. If you’re a frequent rider, it’s worth adding a monthly pass to your reduced fare Charlie Card for only $30. You can visit the MBTA website for details.
Ready to get your own reduced fare Charlie Card? You have 2 options.
- Go to the Downtown Crossing MBTA station with your picture ID showing your birthdate. A drivers license, passport, or Massachusetts state ID are accepted. Downtown Crossing is on the Orange and Red lines but can also be accessed by an underground walkway from the Park St station on the Green line. If you use this option, it’s my understanding that you will be given a temporary card that day.
- Come to a Charlie Card event at your local Senior Center or other community center. You will need to bring your picture ID showing your birthdate. Your cards will be mailed to you 6-8 weeks after the event. If your local senior center doesn’t sponsor one, ask them to and refer them to the MBTA website for advice on how to do it!
Lost your Senior Charlie Card?
We’ve had some questions about what to do if you’ve lost your Senior Charlie Card. Here’s the advice we were given:
- Call the Charlie card store at 617-222-2070.
- Choose 1 for English or 2 for Spanish.
- Choose option 2 to speak to a Subway, Bus, or Ferry representative.
- Choose option 2 (again) for information on The RIDE or reduced fare Charlie Cards.
- Choose option 2 (again) for reduced fare cards.
- Provide the agent with your Charlie Card number or, if you don’t have it, your name, date of birth, etc. They’ll deactivate your lost card and mail you a new one. Your new card should arrive within 7-10 business days.