Starting Thursday, middle and high school students will be able to ride the MBTA at less than half-price.
The program, effective Sept. 1, lets students buy discounted monthly bus and subway passes even if their schools do not purchase the Student Pass for them, the state transportation department said Tuesday.
The MBTA offers two ways for students to take advantage of the reduced fares —
Previously, the passes had only been available to students when their schools purchased them, officials said. But after hearing that many students did not have sufficient access to the reduced fares, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted in March to expand the program.
Students will also now receive the discounted fares year-round.
“This change will increase access to opportunities for thousands of middle and high school students in the Boston region,” Fiscal and Management Control Board member Brian Lang said in a statement. “An unlimited year-round affordable T pass decreases barriers for low-income students to reach school, jobs, and community activities.”Olivia Quintana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.