Please note! If you need help with your MBTA reduced fare Charlie Card or have questions about these cards, please call (617) 222-3200.
TTY users can call (617) 222-5854 or (617) 222-5146.
|Who can use this option?||
|How much does it cost?||Seniors (65+) can use their ride local buses for 85 cents, subways for $1.10, inner express buses for $2.50, and outer express buses for $3.50.
Seniors can also travel on commuter rail or ferry services for 50% off the regular full fare.
In addition, seniors can purchase a monthly pass (good for unlimited travel on local buses and subways) for $30. No discounts apply to express bus passes, commuter rail passes, or boat passes.
|When is this option available?||The T and buses run from approximately 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. seven days a week. Weekend and holiday schedules feature less frequent buses and trains.
Approximate schedule periods for the T:
|How far ahead do you need to plan?||No advance planning is required for travel. However, you must have a Senior CharlieCard or TAP card in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.
If you have never had an MBTA Senior CharlieCard, you may go to Downtown Crossing to the CharlieCard Store to get one. You need to bring government-issued photo ID showing proof of age (e.g., a passport, Massachusetts RMV ID, or drivers license). Your picture will be taken and you will receive a temporary CharlieCard. Your permanent card will arrive in the mail shortly thereafter.
The card itself is free, but to use it you must use a fare vending machine to "load" it up with money before you can use it.
Seniors can also add value to their Senior CharlieCard at any of the following convenient sales locations:
Senior Centers also hold CharlieCard Events occasionally, where you may apply for a new card, renew an expired or expiring card, or apply for a replacement card. You must bring in a government-issued photo ID with proof of age. You will get your picture taken, and your Senior CharlieCard will be mailed to your home by the MBTA in 6-8 weeks.
Senior CharlieCards and TAP cards have an expiration date. To replace your expired card, you may go to the Downtown Crossing CharlieCard Store to replace your expired Senior CharlieCard. You can also call 617-222-5976 to ask if you are eligible to renew over the phone. If so, the MBTA will reuse your old CharlieCard photo. The new card will then be mailed to your home address in 6-8 weeks.
When replacing a lost, damaged, stolen or expired Reduced Fare CharlieCard at the CharlieCard Store, you will receive a temporary CharlieTicket valid for 30 days. Your permanent Senior or TAP CharlieCard with a photo will be mailed to your home address.
|What accommodations are available?||
|Notes||The MBTA has an electronic fare system on ALL buses, subways, and commuter rail lines. All seniors (65 or older) must have a Senior CharlieCard/TAP ID in order to be eligible for the discounted senior rate when using public transportation.
Blue Line Subway services are available to and from Downtown Boston with free Silver Line high-speed bus service from all Logan Airport terminals to South Station.
The Providence Line Commuter Rail at South Station also offers weekday service to and from T.F. Green Airport.
|Contact Details||Customer service:
617-222-5146 (TTY)Senior / TAP card dedicated TTY line:
617-222-5854Website: mbta.comCharlieCard Store
Downtown Crossing Station
7 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA 02111
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.