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T offers free rides — and more — on Friday as a goodwill gesture

Crews shoveled snow from MBTA Red Line tracks. Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Interested in a no-frills harbor cruise? A day trip to Providence? Or just some coffee and doughnuts to jump-start your day?

They could be yours for free Friday, as the MBTA seeks to make amends with customers for the indignities suffered using the T during winter. For one day only, it will cost nothing to ride on the public transit system, whether on the subway, buses, harbor ferries, or commuter rail.

In addition to offering the free rides, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has partnered with 16 corporations to provide Customer Appreciation Day freebies and discounts for people with CharlieCards.

Riders can flash their CharlieCards to save money at Boston attractions and restaurants. Customers can save $2 at the Franklin Park Zoo, New England Aquarium, John F. Kennedy Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts, for example.


A CharlieCard can also get a free morning doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts; free morning coffee from Alltown, a convenience store; and a free coffee or tea at Cumberland Farms, with a coupon.

For details, go to the T’s website.

Riders can also get a 15 percent discount on weekly and monthly passes for May. (The offer does not include one-day and semester passes.)

In March, the Department of Transportation board voted to offer the free rides and discounted passes as a goodwill gesture after a winter of transit debacles. The measure is expected to cost the agency $5 million.

Rebecca Fiore