MBTA Board Approves Rate Changes

Several fare changes have been approved by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Board of Directors that are intended to improve fairness by closing gaps in existing fare structures for discount passengers, minimizing implications on pandemic-related revenue and budget uncertainties while increasing ridership where possible and simplifying fare rules as MBTA’s fare transformation progresses.

These price changes come into effect on July 1, 2022, with the exception of the 5-day Flex Pass which becomes permanent and comes into effect immediately.

“We are grateful to the Board of Directors for approving these fare changes, which prepare us for upcoming technology updates through fare transformation, increase fairness through LinkPass enhancements, especially for our passengers at reduced fare and make the 5-day FlexPass permanent for commuter trains. riders,” said MBTA general manager Steve Poftak. “These fare updates allow us to continue to meet passenger needs while minimizing revenue implications during this time of continued uncertainty.”

5-Day Permanent FlexPass on mTicket for Commuter Rail

First introduced as a pandemic fare pilot in June 2020, the 5-Day FlexPass available on mTicket for Commuter Rail is a bundle fare valid for five days of travel within a 30-day period. Vouchers for unlimited travel within a 24-hour period, these five passes are available for 10% off the cost of 10 one-way tickets. An attractive option for passengers whose travel habits have changed due to hybrid work schedules and the availability of remote working options, the 5-day FlexPass on mTicket is now permanent and takes effect immediately.

Decreasing price of LinkPass 1 day

Effective July 1, 2022, and to help increase ridership by encouraging more passengers to purchase passes and to increase fairness for low-income and minority passengers who often purchase this fare product, the One-day LinkPass cost will drop from $12.75 to $11. . An $11 LinkPass pays for itself with five subway rides completed in 24 hours.

Extension of second connections on buses, express bus lines and/or metro

Currently the MBTA only allows one transfer between bus and/or metro with a recent addition – CharlieCard users can transfer from bus to metro to bus. To simplify the complexities of the T transfer policy, the transfer process will be standardized to allow for all combinations of second transfers involving buses, express bus lines and/or metro, including bus-bus-metro, metro -bus-bus and express-express bus. bus. This second transfer on metros and buses and transfers between express lines comes into effect on July 1, 2022.

Changes for reduced fare passengers

Some passengers are eligible for reduced fares, including people with disabilities and Medicare cardholders, people 65 and older, some middle and high school students, and low-income people 18-25. Three fare changes aimed at improving fairness by closing gaps in existing fare structures for discount passengers will come into effect on July 1, 2022:

  • The 7-Day LinkPass: In an effort to increase fairness by increasing the benefits of buying bulk fares for discounted passengers, a 7-Day LinkPass will be available for $10, which breaks even after nine metro journeys. This product is designed to meet the needs of people who may not have enough cash on hand to afford a monthly pass, but qualify for discounted fare programs.
  • Commuter Rail, Ferry and Express Bus Monthly Passes: To increase fairness by filling gaps in the T’s product offering for discounted passengers, monthly commuter rail passes suburbs, ferries and express buses will be made available. This update offers a full set of monthly passes at approximately 50% off the price of full price passes.
  • LinkPass for Zone 1A and Inner Harbor Ferry commuter trains: Currently, a LinkPass for discounted passengers is only available on CharlieCard fare carriers instead of a printed CharlieTicket “flash pass” that conductors of trains from commuter and ferry staff can see to visually validate a fare. Going forward, as further updates take place as part of the fare transformation, customers will be able to use redeemable tickets as well as Charlie Cards to travel on commuter rail and ferries. As such, and to increase access and fair pricing of discounted passes, the LinkPass will be extended to be valid for commuter rail travel in Zone 1A and on the Charlestown Ferry.

Melvin Z. Madore