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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 2017 through August 2018). 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 2017 through August 2018).  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. 

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