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About the Transit Benefits Program

The City of Somerville and Somerville Public Schools are launching two free public transit programs for the 2022-2023 school year to make public transit more accessible in our community.  

  1. M7 Student Passes for all Somerville Public School students grades 7 to 12 from September 2022 – August 2023). 
  1. 1,200 Monthly passes for Parents and Guardians of Somerville Public School students from October 2022 to September 2023. 

Check out the information below to learn more about the programs and how to apply if you are eligible.

Why is Somerville doing this?

To provide economic relief and expand access to jobs, services, educational and social opportunities to more of our community members, especially young adults and lower-income community members, the City is providing transit passes that allow people an unlimited number of trips for 12 months on subway and buses. These programs align with Somerville’s strategic plans and goals to increase sustainable and equitable transportation options.

Program Goals:

  • Equity: Everyone should be able to get where they need to go regardless of income
  • Access: Access to economic and educational opportunities, social and health services amenities​
  • Environment: Reduce emissions and help meet Somerville’s Climate goal of achieving a non-car mode-share of 75% by 2040

“Funding these passes is one way we are increasing our local investment in youth and families while also advancing our climate action goals. Public transportation is a public good that must be an accessible, reliable resource for all residents, and this is a vital step in that direction. I thank the MBTA, the City Council, and the School Committee for supporting this program and look forward to building on initiatives like these going forward.” - Mayor Katjana Ballantyne
 

Student Pass

Background  

Somerville Public Schools (SPS) is providing free MBTA youth transit passes (“M7”) for all our students in grades 7 to 12 for the 2022-2023 school year. With the M7 Card, students can take unlimited trips on the subway, bus, and Commuter Rail to Zones 1A, 1, and 2. This is an expansion of the program for the 2021-2022 school year that provided 1,400 M7 passes to all students in grades 9 to 12. In the previous school year, students took over 150,000 trips using the passes with 32 percent taken on the subway. The City is excited to continue and expand this program for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Press Release from August 29, 2022. 

Application 

Cards will be distributed to students at school by the end of September. 

Visit SPS’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage to learn more. 
 

Parent and Guardian Pass

Background 

City of Somerville will be distributing 1000 free 12-month MBTA transit passes to eligible households through the Family Liaison program in the Somerville Public Schools. These passes are pre-loaded with monthly bus and subway passes and will be valid from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.   

Application 

Eligibility will be based on need and passes will be distributed through the school's Family and Community Liaisons. Please fill out your Return to School Survey and speak to your local Family and Community Liaisons to find out if you are eligible.

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