Spring MBTA Student Semester Pass
The application deadline to purchase Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Semester Passes for the 2014 spring semester is 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 2nd. As previously announced, no applications, cancellations or refunds will be accepted after the MBTA’s Spring Semester deadline has passed. These are policies set by the MBTA and are not subject to University change or influence.
Note: MBTA Spring semester passes will be valid during each of the following months:
Semester Link, Local Bus, Inner Express and Outer Express passes will be loaded on a Charlie Card and will be valid from February 1 – May 31.
A Semester Pass Charlie Card has the following advantages over Charlie Tickets:
- Easy tap and go use on the bus or subway
- Can be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged within 3-4 business days
- Use your Charlie Card for the entire semester after picking it up on or after January 27th from: the Parking & Transportation Office or your mail room
All other pass types will be provided on Charlie Tickets which are valid for a month. Charlie Tickets must be picked up on or after the 27th of the each preceding month (e.g., your February Ticket would be available for pickup on January 27th). Charlie Tickets will be available for monthly pick up from the Parking & Transportation Services office, which is located on the first floor of 1019 Commonwealth Avenue, unless on-campus mail room delivery is specified.*
* Eligible campus residents can choose to pick up their monthly passes from their residence hall mail rooms but they must apply for their Semester Passes on-line and live in an eligible University housing facility to take advantage of the residence hall mail room pick up option. Note: You must provide the mail room attendant with positive identification (Terrier Card) and sign for your pass upon pick up—the passes will NOT be placed in your mailbox.
If you only need to use the Green Line services and not any of the commuter rail stops, we recommend the Link Charlie Card instead of the Zone 1A Charlie Ticket.
From a cost benefit perspective, you may consider getting a Charlie Card through the MBTA; load it with a cash balance to pay for fares if they will be infrequent. If you believe you will be using the MBTA services daily then the Semester Pass Program is probably right for you. The semester pass program offers an 11% discount off of the regular monthly “T” pass price.
If you are uncertain of which pass is best for you, more information is available online or you can call (617-353-2160) or email (email@example.com) a member of the PTS staff and request assistance.
You must be an enrolled full-time student to charge the Semester Pass to your student account; all other students must pay for the Semester Pass Program at the Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) office using cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express). Law students are unlikely to meet the full-time class registration deadline and will therefore be required to pay to enroll in the Student Semester Pass Program at the PTS office.
To apply on-line, go to and select “MBTA Semester Pass” from the express link menu.
login using your Boston University login name and Kerberos password, and then follow the on-screen instructions. If you do not have a BU login name and Kerberos password, select the Student Link’s “Basics” tab and then select “Read Me First/Getting Started” for instructions.
If you wish to complete a transaction in person, please complete this Spring 2014 T Pass Order Form and bring it with you to the Parking & Transportation Services office with your payment.
Remember, the deadline to apply for a 2014 MBTA Spring Student Semester Pass Program is 4pm on Thursday, January 2nd.
Applications, cancellations or refunds cannot be accepted after this MBTA deadline.
The Parking & Transportation Services office is located on the first floor of 1019 Commonwealth Avenue and is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
Note: Charlie Cards issued for the Semester Pass Program are only valid for the time period specified. DO NOT add a monthly pass or fare value to your Charlie Card as the card will expire when the program ends. Fall Semester Pass Charlie Cards expire on December 31 and Spring Semester Pass Charlie Cards expire on May 31.