Buying T Passes Just Got a Little Simpler

The MBTA made a small tweak, but a smart one.

Photo by Olga Khvan

Photo by Olga Khvan

Just because this city is awash with some of the brightest minds in the country doesn’t mean the rest of us should be called upon to do math at a moment’s notice, heaven forbid.

Thankfully, the MBTA at last recognized this, and made a small tweak to its ticket kiosks last month.

When adding value to CharlieCards or CharlieTickets, the T has previously offered three amounts: $5, $10, and $20. But the price of a roundtrip ride with a CharlieCard has climbed in recent years to $2.10, which doesn’t divide so cleanly. Sure, you could manually enter an amount, but who has time for that?

Now, the options reflect the number of roundtrip rides each amount will provide you with: one, four, and 10.

The change is in effect at nearly every subway station in the system, with Government Center and Assembly Row the only exceptions, David Block-Schachter, the T’s chief technology officer, told

The price of a single CharlieCard fare will increase to $2.25 in July, so the kiosks may need to be tweaked again before summer’s over.

[h/t Adam Vaccaro]