$10 weekend passes accepted on all three days of federal holiday weekends
Midweek Holidays are eligible for special $10 Holiday Pass
BOSTON – May 23, 2023 – The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, today announced a six-month pilot program which will expand the $10 Weekend Commuter Rail Pass to include federal holidays. Starting on Memorial Day weekend, $10 weekend passes will be accepted for trips on all three days of federal holiday weekends. For federal holidays that are observed mid-week, passengers will now be able to purchase a $10 Holiday Pass for that day. $10 weekend passes for Memorial Day weekend are now available for purchase at ticket offices, on board trains, or on the mTicket app. Visit MBTA.com/WeekendRail for a full list of holidays and more information.
“We are pleased the public will have even more opportunities to travel at a discount on the MBTA’s commuter rail system on weekends and federal holidays because of the expansion of the $10 Weekend pass,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Gina Fiandaca. “The pass is a great way to introduce people unfamiliar with commuter rail to how convenient and enjoyable it is to travel by public transportation whether they’re taking a trip to points of interest, heading to an event, or traveling just for the sake of exploring what other areas have to offer for recreation, restaurants, and culture.”
“The Commuter Rail reaches many recreational areas throughout the Commonwealth, and expanding the $10 Weekend Pass to include federal holidays allows more riders the opportunity to choose Commuter Rail for their travels during three-day weekends,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng. “We hope riders will consider taking the Commuter Rail to their family gatherings and other celebratory activities during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, and we thank our partners at Keolis for continuing to improve the customer experience by piloting this expansion.”
“The $10 Weekend pass makes it more affordable to visit the people and places across the Commuter Rail network on the weekend and we are excited to expand this program to include federal holidays,” said Abdellah Chajai, CEO of Keolis Commuter Services and General Manager of the MBTA Commuter Rail. “From beaches and museums to hiking trails and visits with friends and family, the Commuter Rail is a reliable and greener way to get where you want to go.”
First piloted during the summer of 2018, the $10 weekend pass was created to increase weekend ridership. The program saw early success, making up 23% of weekend sales in that first pilot. The program became permanent in 2019 and has grown steadily. In 2022, the $10 weekend pass was 41% of all weekend fares.
$10 Weekend passes are not eligible for use on Special Event Trains to Gillette Stadium or on the Cape Flyer. For more information about Special Event Trains visit MBTA.com/destinations/gillette-stadium. For more information about the Cape Flyer visit capeflyer.com.
Passengers can stay connected with Commuter Rail by calling customer service at 617-222-3200, following @MBTA_CR on Twitter or signing up for T-Alerts at www.mbta.com/alerts.
Keolis Commuter Services operates and maintains the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail system, the sixth largest commuter rail operation in North America. KCS is a subsidiary of Keolis North America (KNA), both headquartered in Boston, and employs approximately 2,500 people throughout the region. KCS and KNA are part of Keolis Group, an innovative global leader in transit services with more than a century of passenger transportation experience and operations in 13 countries.