Now available on the mTicket app, $10 all-weekend fares valid on all Commuter Rail lines and all zones, June 9 – September 2, 2018
BOSTON – June 7, 2018 – Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the MBTA’s operating partner for commuter rail, announced today that special $10 summer weekend fare on the Commuter Rail are now available on the mTicket app. These special fares are valid for unlimited travel through all zones on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning this Saturday June 9, 2018. This pilot program will be offered every weekend through September 2, 2018.
“Our reduced summer fare initiative begins this weekend, giving customers a convenient and affordable option to visit destinations from historic towns and museums to farmers’ markets and beaches,” said David Scorey, General Manager and CEO, Keolis. “With so many places to visit in Boston and around the region we hope customers will take advantage of this summer promotion with their friends and families.”
Beginning Saturday, June 9, the $10 weekend fare will be valid for all Commuter Rail zones from the first scheduled Saturday trip through the last scheduled Sunday trip. The $10 fare will be available on mTicket, onboard trains, and at ticket windows at North, South, and Back Bay Stations. The special fare applies to customers age 12 and above; paying adults can bring 2 children under 12 for free.
Compared with weekdays, Commuter Rail weekends service has higher capacity for riders. This $10 summer weekend fare is a pilot program designed to test the market and encourage people to try Commuter Rail service on weekends when ample seating is available. During the summer pilot, MBTA and Keolis officials hope to learn more about weekend Commuter Rail ridership demand, receive customer feedback, and evaluate the pilot’s impact on overall ridership and revenue balance through data collected from mTicket and retail windows. Customers are encouraged to email comments and inquiries about the special fare pilot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the exception of the CapeFlyer, operated through a partnership with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and special event trains, this pilot applies to all MBTA Commuter Rail services.
In July 2017, the MBTA and Keolis expanded their partnership to include a marketing and ridership initiative, the first of its kind in the United States. It encourages investment through a revenue-sharing agreement to grow Commuter Rail ridership, particularly on under-utilized trains, and the deployment of technologies that help to improve the passenger experience.
Passengers may visit MassByTrain.com to explore destinations around the greater Boston area accessible with the Commuter Rail.