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Discounted MBTA Semester Passes

Discounted MBTA Semester Passes for Fall 2018 are on sale now. The MBTA does not offer discounted passes in the summer.

Wentworth participates in the Semester Pass Program through the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). All Wentworth students have the option to pre-pay for a 4-month pass to save 15% overall. Students must order in advance through Wentworth to obtain the discounted price. For students using the MBTA less frequently (1-2x/week), it is recommended to load money on to a Charlie Card and pay as you go. You can get a plastic Charlie Card at the Charlie Card Store at the Downtown Crossing station.

Payment Options

  1. Online. (no need to download the Order Form for online payments)
  2. 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.
  3. By Mail. Mail an Order Form and a personal check made out to Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Mail the check to:
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Student Engagement
550 Huntington Ave

*Order form and check must be postmarked by order deadline

In the past, we had taken orders over the phone, but will no longer be doing so. Miscommunication over the phone resulted in incorrect passes being ordered. We have decided to move forward with the requirement that students always fill out the Order Form on their own.


Q: When is payment due?

A: Payment and order forms must be turned in no later than August 10 for the fall semester and December 10 for the spring semester to the Info Hub in the Flanagan Campus Center in the ground floor of Beatty Hall. Mailed payments should be postmarked no later than form due dates above.


Q: When do I receive the pass I ordered?

A: Semester passes generally arrive at Wentworth in the second to last week of the month before it is activated. 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 Rebecca Ryan at or 617-989-4890.


Q: Can I have my pass mailed home?

A:  Yes, but we strongly encourage you to pick it up instead. Passes are quite expensive, and we’re not responsible for replacing it if it’s lost in the mail. All purchasers will receive an email after the order deadline with a form to provide your mailing address if you so choose.·       


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). Students who purchase a Commuter Rail pass (Zone 1A-10) will receive a new one every month, though it will have already been paid for. Link Passes and Bus Passes last the entire semester.


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: 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 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, Student Engagement, 550 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. You may pay with a card in person by visiting the Info Hub on the ground floor of Beatty Hall.


Q: I do not know what pass I need. Who can I contact?

A: Click here to view the Zone Map from the MBTA's website to find out which pass (zone) you will be commuting from or you may contact Rebecca Ryan, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at 617-989-4890 or by email at


Q: What if I lose my Semester Pass?

A: Link Passes and Bus Passes have serial numbers and the capability to be assigned to specific students, which means they can be replaced if lost.  Commuter Rail Passes, however, do not have this capability. If September's pass is lost, the MBTA requires that you wait until your October pass comes in without exception.


Q: I live on campus. Do I need a Semester 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.


Q: I have a disability. How can I apply for the MBTA’s TAP (Transportation Access Card)?

A: You may apply using the application located on the MBTA’s Reduced Fares Website. Please keep in mind that this application takes 4-6 weeks for MBTA approval. Additional information can be found on the application. 


Have a question? Contact Rebecca Ryan at or by phone at 617-989-4890.

Additional Resources

Using the MBTA: A beginner's guide

The MBTA's website provides the following resources: