Discounted MBTA Semester Passes
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.
- Pay Online. (no need to download the Order Form for online payments- the online form includes all the information we need)
- 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 an Order Form and a personal check made out to Wentworth Institute of Technology.
When do passes go on sale?
Passes for the Fall semester go on sale June 1st. Passes for the Spring semester go on sale November 1st.
When is payment due?
Payment must be complete no later than August 10th for the fall semester and December 10th for the spring semester. Mailed payments should be postmarked no later than the deadline. If mailing a check, please use the following address:
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Is there a discounted pass for the summer semester?
The MBTA does not offer a discounted pass during the summer semester.
When do I receive the pass I ordered?
Semester passes generally arrive at Student Engagement in the second to last week of the month before it is activated. You will receive an email letting you know that your pass is available for pickup. Students are responsible for claiming your pass at the Info Hub desk (ground floor of Beatty Hall) and must have your WIT ID.
Can I have my pass mailed home?
We strongly prefer not to mail passes, as they are quite expensive to risk getting lost in the mail or arriving late. Wentworth is not responsible for passes lost in the mail or for replacing missing passes. Link Passes and Bus Passes have serial numbers and the capability to be assigned to specific students and can be replaced. Commuter Rail (zone) passes, however, do not have this capability. If September’s pass is lost, for example, the MBTA requires you to wait until your October pass comes in (without exception). If you are willing to accept this risk please email Alex McGillivray with your permanent mailing address to have your pass mailed to you.
NOTE for spring passes: Wentworth is closed for winter break when passes arrive to campus in late December. The staff returns in early January, organizes and activates the passes, and prepares them for pickup. The earliest your spring pass would be mailed is late in the first week of January. Please keep this in mind when making your decision, based on your need for the use of your pass that first week.
How long do the passes last?
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.
Do I need to prepay for the entire semester or may we submit monthly payments?
Prepayment for the entire semester (4 months) is required to receive the 15% discount. If you can benefit from this program, but are concerned about your ability to pay the full sum, please contact Alex McGillivray.
Do the commuter rail, outer/inner express bus and ferry passes include the subway (T), too?
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 the commuter rail, bus lines and the subway from Zone 3 all the way into the center of Boston.
What form of payment do you accept?
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. Purchase your pass online.
I do not know what pass I need. Who can I contact?
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 Alex McGillivray, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, via email, or by phone at (617) 989-4890.
What if I lose my Semester Pass?
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.
I live on campus. Do I need a Semester Pass?
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.
I have a disability. How can I apply for the MBTA’s TAP (Transportation Access Card)?
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 Alex McGillivray at email@example.com or by phone at (617) 989-4890.