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MBTA Student Passes

Getting to CRLS
As an urban community with well-resourced public transportation, students attending CRLS have many options for getting to school.  In addition to arriving by bike, on foot, or by car, a large number of students ride an MBTA bus or take the Red Line to Harvard Square and walk from there, through Harvard Yard and along Broadway. Use the "Rider Tools" at MBTA.com to determine the best bus route for your student.

Although CPS does not provide transportation for high school students (with the exception of students with disabilities who qualify for door-to-door transportation through the Office of Student Services), CRLS students are entitled to receive discounted fares through the MBTA using MBTA “CharlieCards”.

Student Stored Value Charlie Card
The Student Stored Value Charlie Card, or S-Card, will be offered to CRLS students. This pass does not have a value assigned to it. Students may request and pick-up this pass at the CRLS Main Office at any time during the month.  When loading fare money onto the pass, two pass options will be available for students to purchase:

  1. As in previous years, a half-fare pass option will be available. Under this option, students can elect to load a dollar amount of their choice onto the pass. This pass will allow students to travel on the local bus, subway, express bus and commuter rail at a "pay as you go" 50% discounted fare. For example, if riding a local bus, the cost of a single ride is $1.70. With the S-Card, the cost of a single ride will be $0.85. This pass may be used throughout the school year and summer (September 2016 through August 2017). Passes can be loaded on a local or express bus and at a MBTA fare vending machine at any time during the month. The same pass may be used continuously throughout the year.

  2. New this year, students may also elect to add a monthly 7-day student pass to the S-Card at the fare vending machine. The price of this monthly pass is $30. This pass will allow students to travel on the local bus, subway, and express bus unlimited. Please note that the monthly student pass is not valid on any commuter rail zones, including 1A. This pass may be used throughout the school year and summer (September 2016 through August 2017).  Passes can be loaded at a MBTA fare vending machine between the 1st and 14th of each month. After the 14th, if the student adds a monthly 7-day student pass, the pass will be available at the start of the following month. The same pass may be used continuously throughout the year. 

Monthly 7-Day Student Pass
For the past few years, the monthly 7-day student pass has been available for purchase at the CRLS Main Office. Students arrive at the Main Office with the fare in-hand, and the clerical staff provide a monthly 7-day student pass that has been pre-loaded with the fare. This pass will allow students to travel on the local bus, subway, and express bus unlimited. For the month of September, this pass option will be available. Students can either elect to bring $30 to the CRLS Main Office and purchase a monthly 7-day pass, or they can elect to receive a Student Stored Value Charlie Card (and add a monthly 7-day pass to the S-Card at a MBTA fare vending machine). After September, we will be phasing out this pass option and have elected to only offer the Student Stored Value Charlie Card. 

Lost or Stolen Passes
If a student misplaces either the Student Stored Value Charlie Card or a Monthly 7-Day Student Pass, s/he should head to the CRLS Main Office and report his/her pass lost or stolen. 

For the S-Card half-fare pass option, a student will be given a replacement S-Card pass. There will be no value on the pass. Only ONE replacement pass will be given to a student during a single month.  

For the S-Card monthly 7-day student pass, the CRLS Main Office staff will report the pass lost/misplaced to the MBTA. The MBTA will mail a replacement monthly pass to the school. The student will be notified when the pass is received. The pass will have the $30 monthly 7-day value. A replacement pass with the full $30 value will only be given if the pass is reported lost or stolen prior to the 15th of each month. Only ONE replacement pass will be given to a student during a single month. If the pass is lost after 16th, a student will be given a replacement S-Card pass without value. The student can elect to use the half-fare pass option for the remainder of the month. 

For the Monthly 7-Day Student passes, the CRLS Main Office staff will report the pass lost/misplaced to the MBTA. The Main Office staff will provide the student a replacement monthly pass. Only ONE replacement pass will be given to a student during a single month. Beginning October 1st, all Monthly 7-Day student passes will be deactivated. Students who would like to purchase a monthly 7-day pass, will need to head to the CRLS Main Office. The staff will provide the student with a Student Stored Value Charlie Card. They will need to head to a fare vending machine to purchase the monthly pass.