MBTA Discounted Semester T-PassThe Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or the "T") is the public transportation system (subways, buses, trains, and boats) in the state. The MBTA Semester Pass is a benefit where you can get 11% off the MBTA monthly fare prices and unlimited rides for four months on the pass type that you choose, such as bus, LinkPass (bus/subway), express bus, commuter rail, and boat. Current Newbury College students can purchase a semester T-Pass for the Fall (September to December) and Spring semesters (Januaryy to May) through the College.
How to Order
If you would like to purchase a semester pass for the Spring 2016 Semester (valid January 1 to May 31) you can use one of the following online order forms. Payment is accepted by major credit card, cash, check, or money order.
The order deadline for Spring 2016 semester passes has passed.
When will I get my pass?
When you place your order online you will have the option of having your order held for you to pick-up or to have it mailed to your address. Orders usually take a couple weeks to arrive from the MBTA. Once passes are delivered to Newbury College you will receive an email confirming your pass has arrived and if you want to pick it up or have it mailed to you.
Passes can be picked up from the Office of Residence Life, Student Center Room 105, Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, excluding holidays.
Semester T-Passes (excluding Commuter Rail and Boat passes) will be issued on a hard plastic CharlieCard and will be valid for the semester it was purchased. Commuter Rail or Boat passes will need to be picked up at the Office of Residence Life prior to the first day of each month.
Alternatives to the Semester Pass
CharlieCardA good alternative for bus or subway is to get a hard, plastic CharlieCard and add a cash "value" to the card. CharlieCards can be picked up at most MBTA stations and pass sales offices, and are free. Or, find a retail vendor near you that also sells CharlieCards.
Values can be added to the card at any MBTA station vending machine or added electronically through the MBTA'sMyCharlieAccount option, which will also protect the card if it is lost or stolen.
Keep in mind that a single fare cost using a paper CharlieTicket is more expensive than adding a value to a reusable CharlieCard.
Get a CharlieCard Discount Book to find out where you can get discounts at stores, restaurants, health and fitness services, or arts and entertainment.
Monthly PassesPrior to purchasing a monthly pass, consider the frequency and type of public transportation that you may need. A monthly pass is an excellent value, but first determine if the use will be equal to or greater than the monthly fee. For example, a popular pass for students is the LinkPass (unlimited bus and subway) which, at the current fare of $75 (one-way fares are $2.10), means you would need to ride the subway 36 times per month to justify the $75 fare. Monthly passes are valid for one month only while the cash value that you add to a CharlieCard can be used anytime.
MBTA WebsiteThe MBTA website is a great resource to use. There is a trip planner feature under the "Rider Tools" folder that will help you know how to get to your destination, how much it will cost and how long it will take you.
Check it out at www.mbta.com!