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The following are the latest fare rates for our services.
MWRTA uses the "flag down" system. This allows you to wave down a bus in transit anywhere along the route, as well as at noted stops. The bus will stop to pick you up, as long as it is safe to do so. Due to various unexpected conditions, traffic, weather, we recommend to arrive ten minutes before the scheduled stop time, and to wait at least ten minutes after the scheduled departure time.
See below for Fare Information, Pass Information, Transfers, Commuter Checks, Weather Emergencies, and Holidays. If you have further questions, please call us at 1-888-996-9782 or 508-935-2222.
*MWRTA Bus Rates & Pass Information
You may pay with exact fare on the buses, or obtain a Charlie Card to load value on, from either the bus driver, or at the office of the MWRTA, 37 Waverley Street, (Route 135), Framingham, MA 01702, You may also obtain Charlie Cards from the Treasurer's office at Framingham Town Hall, and the Town Clerk's office at Natick Town Hall. Value can be added to Charlie Cards on all MWRTA fixed route buses. Please note: When using a Charlie Card, your fare cost is reduced! See the fare charts below.
|Cash Fares||Cash Rate||CharlieCard Rate|
|Students under the age of 18, or with current school ID||$1.00||N/A|
|Children under the age of six when accompanied by an adult||Free||N/A|
|Senior (65 years or older), with photo ID indicating date of birth / MWRTA Senior Pass||$0.75||$0.70|
|Individuals with disabilities with valid MWRTA Transportation Access Pass, MBTA Transportation Access Pass, or a Medicare Card.
**Blind persons ride free with a Massachusetts Commission for the Blind ID Card.
** Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
MWRTA now accepts the MBTA CharlieCard on all of its fixed route buses. Patrons are encouraged to obtain a CharlieCard, either online at the MBTA Website or at the MWRTA Central Hub, located at 37 Waverly St, Framingham MA, during our normal business hours. Below shows the rates for CharlieCard users. CharlieCards can be loaded directly on any MWRTA bus. Drivers will have available CharlieCards and will assist patrons in loading value.
Students- The MBTA Student CharlieCard is not honored on the MWRTA system. Students may use an Adult CharlieCard and be charged the $1.10 fare or continue to pay $1.00 in cash.
Senior/Disabled- Senior/Disabled patrons must obtain a Transportation Access Pass (TAP) Card from the MWRTA Central Hub or the MBTA Access Pass Office in order to receive the Senior/Disabled CharlieCard fare. Information for obtaining a TAP card can be found below or via the MBTA Website.
CharlieTickets- MBTA CharlieTickets are not honored on the MWRTA system. MWRTA buses only accept the plastic CharlieCards.
MBTA Monthly Passes- The only fare medium on the CharlieCard honored on the MWRTA system is stored value. Any MBTA pass product (i.e. monthly pass) is not honored on the MWRTA system.
10 Ride Passes- MWRTA no longer accepts the older 10 ride pass for fare payment. These have been out of circulation for quite some time.
REDUCED FARE IDENTIFICATION CARDS
SENIOR ID (CHARLIE CARD) TRANSPORTATION PASS
(ANYONE OVER 65 WITH PHOTO IDENTIFICATION AS PROOF OF AGE)
TRANSPORTATION(CHARLIE CARD) ACCESS PASS
(DISABLED UNDER 65 WITH APPROVED APPLICATION, AVAILABLE AT MWRTA OFFICES)
THESE PASSES CAN BE USED TO RECEIVE REDUCED FARE ON ALL FIXED ROUTE BUSES AND TRAINS STATEWIDE. ALL PASSES HAVE “CHARLIE CARD” CAPABILITY.
These Identification Cards may be obtained by visiting the MWRTA administrative offices at 37 Waverly St, Framingham.
Monday - Friday - between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm
Replacement Card Policy:
Card 1&2 - free of charge Card 3 - $5.00 fee Card 4 - $10.00 fee
The MWRTA will not issue more than 4 cards to anyone individual.
MWRTA Payment and Service Information
Transfer coupons are available on all buses and are good for transfers between all route buses. Riders wishing to transfer from one bus to another, free of charge, must ask the driver for a transfer coupon and then present the coupon to the driver of the next bus. The transfer must be used within 30 minutes.
Commuter Checks are vouchers that are redeemed for prepaid Charlie Cards. They are provided tax-free by employers in amounts up to $100 per month. Commuter Checks are an employee benefit. Contact your Human Resources Department to find out if your company offers this service
For more information see www.commutercheck.com or call 800.727.9436.
The service schedule is subject to change during a weather emergency. Any interruption of service will be posted under Service Announcements, located on the Home page, or you can call 508- 935-2222 or 888.996.9782 to confirm the schedule.
There is also no fixed route bus service provided on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Patriot's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day