M7 Pass Expansion

  • As you may know, Boston Public Schools (BPS) announced that we will be expanding the MBTA pass program for the next school year. Starting in September of 2019, all Boston students in grades 7-12 living and attending school in Boston will receive an MBTA “M7” pass through their school.

    These passes are identical to the passes many high school students receive today: they can be used at any time during the day for transportation on the MBTA and on select Commuter Rail trips within Boston.


    This expansion will enable 10,000 more students to take the MBTA to and from school and to explore the City of Boston.


    The following is an update for those students who have an MBTA M7 pass through BPS and are planning to use the MBTA during the summer:

    • On July 1st your CharlieCard will automatically switch from an M7 Pass to a Student CharlieCard. That means that you can continue using your pass, but you will no longer be able to use it to ride the MBTA free of charge.
    • However, we encourage students to continue using their Student CharlieCards because they will automatically receive a discounted fare by using it. There are two options for students to continue using their Student CharlieCards:
      • Option 1: Like a regular CharlieCard, you can add money to the card at any MBTA fare vending machine. If you use your Student CharlieCard, you will automatically receive a 50% discounted fare on all MBTA rides.
      • Option 2: You can also purchase a monthly pass at any MBTA Fare Vending Machine by tapping their Student CharlieCard on the machine. Purchasing a monthly pass on your StudentCharlieCard is less expensive than buying a regular pass ($30 a month for students versus $90 a month for adults).
    • On August 31st, these cards will expire. If you have added money to your card, the value of that will go down to zero. As a result, if you add money to the card you should plan to spend the entire amount by August 31.
    • For those students returning to BPS next year, you will get a new M7 pass on your first day of school.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Rosalie West in the BPS Department of Transportation at rwest@bostonpublicschools.org.