Discounted Semester T-Passes
Spring 2015 passes are on sale now! The deadline is December 12th, 2014.
Wentworth participates in the Semester T-Pass Program through the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The Semester T-Pass is available to all Wentworth students. The semester pass is valid for 4-months (Sep-Dec or Jan-Apr) and includes unlimited rides on the transportation system that you choose. Many types of passes are available including the subway, bus, LINK (subway/bus combination), express buses, commuter rail and boat passes. Passes go on sale in July (fall) and November (spring). The deadlines are roughly August 1 (fall) and December 1 (spring). Announcements are always sent directly to students to their Wentworth email address.
- In Person. Order and pay for your pass at the Info Hub desk in the Flanagan Campus Center located in the ground floor of Beatty Hall. Accepted forms of payment: debit/credit cards, Fenway cash and personal check. No cash accepted.
- By Mail. Mail a Spring 2015 order form and a personal check made out to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mail the check to Wentworth Institute of Technology, Commuter Student Programs, 550 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. Order form and check must be postmarked by December 8th, 2014.
- By Phone. Pay by phone using a debit/credit card by calling Commuter Student Programs at 617-989-4487 or the Info Hub Desk at 617-989-INFO (4636).
For students not planning on using the MBTA system frequently, it is recommended to load money on to a Charlie Card and pay as you go. Students may also obtain a plastic Charlie Card from the Charlie Card store at Downtown Crossing or order a Charlie Card with any denomination online at www.mbta.com.
Q: When do I receive the pass I ordered?
A: Passes are mailed to Wentworth approximately 10 days before they are activated. Fall t-passes generally arrive on August 22nd (Spring passes arrive December 22nd). Students will receive an email letting them know where and when to pick-up their passes. Students are responsible for claiming their pass at the Info Hub desk (ground floor of Beatty Hall) and must have photo ID. If a student needs a pass mailed home, they should contact Mallory Pernaa at email@example.com or 617-989-4487.
Q: How long do the passes last?
A: Passes are good for the entire semester, September 1st-December 31st (fall) and January 1st-April 30th (spring).
Q: Do we need to prepay for the entire semester or may we submit monthly payments?
A: Prepayment for the entire semester (4 months) is required to receive the 15% discount.
Q: When is payment due?
A: Payment and order forms must be turned in no later than Friday, December 12th, 2014 to the Info Hub in the Flanagan Campus Center in the ground floor of Beatty Hall. Mailed payments should be postmarked no later December 8th, 2014.
Q: Do the commuter rail, outer/inner express bus and ferry passes include the subway lines too?
A: Yes, each pass is all-inclusive from your zone all the way into the city without time, day or usage restrictions (unlimited). For example, if you purchase a Zone 3 pass, you will have access to commuter rail, bus lines and the subway from Zone 3 all the way into the center of Boston.
Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: You may prepay for your semester t-pass with a credit/debit card, personal check made out to Wentworth, or Fenway Cash. Cash is not accepted. Personal checks can be mailed to Wentworth Institute of Technology, Commuter Student Programs, 550 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. You may pay with a card in person by visiting the Flanagan Campus Center Info Hub desk in the ground floor of Beatty Hall or by calling Mallory Pernaa directly at 617.989.4487. Card payments may be processed over the phone.
Q: I do not know what pass I need. Who can I contact?
A: Click here to view the Zone Map for the MBTA's website to find out which pass (zone) you will be commuting from or you may contact Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs at 617.989.4487 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another way to find out which zone you are commuting to/from is to view the list provided here.
Q: How much are passes without the 15% discount?
A: The order form includes the 15% discounted pricing.
Q: I live on campus. Do I need a semester t-pass?
A: Not necessarily. If you are only planning on using public transportation once or twice each week you are better off picking up a free, plastic Charlie Card from Ruggles Station near campus (orange line station on Ruggles St.). You may load money on to this card and pay per ride. Having the plastic Charlie Card ensures that you will receive rides at a discounted rate as it costs more when you pay cash on board. If you do plan on taking using public transportation regularly for an off-campus job (3-4x/week) then you would benefit from purchasing the semester pass. Read more about Charlie Cards at http://www.mbta.com/fares_and_passes/charlie/.
Have a question? Email Mallory Pernaa at email@example.com or contact her directly by phone at 617-989-4487.
The MBTA's website provides the following resources:
The deadline to order a discounted t-pass for Spring 2015 is 12PM on Friday, December 12th, 2014. Contact Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs with any questions or concerns at 617.989.4487 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.