Reduced Fare Passes and fares can only be used by the Elderly and Disabled showing a valid id that must be presented to the driver at the time of boarding. Fares for children are as follows:
- Children under age 5 accompanied by an adult ride free.
- Fare for children age 5 to 13 years of age accompanied by an adult is $.75, cash fare only.
- Fare for children 9 years of age not accompanied by an adult pay full fare of $1.50.
Children are not eligible for the reduced fare pass unless they have a validated disability.
Fare and Pass Media Price Options – Effective 4/30/12
Fixed Route Bus Service
*Please note: Effective January 1, 2012, the WRTA no longer accepts pennies as payment in fareboxes.
***The Federal Transit Administration permits transit systems to set a minimum age limit for children riding without a parent or guardian. The WRTA has set this age limit at Nine (9) years old. In order to ensure compliance with this age limit, operators may question a child seeking to board a bus who appears, in the operator’s opinion, to be Eight (8) years old or younger. If an operator is not satisfied with a child’s answer, the operator may call for assistance from a WRTA supervisor and/or public safety personnel. This policy applies to Paratransit Service as well.
To be eligible to ride the bus at a discounted fare, one of the following valid identification cards must be shown to the driver each time you board:
Elderly – Massachusetts Statewide Access Pass ID Card OR City of Worcester Commission on Elder Affairs Senior Identification Card
Disabled – Massachusetts Statewide Access Pass ID Card
Medicare – Medicare Card with a photo ID
ID cards may be obtained at the WRTA’s Customer Service Center, located at 60 Foster Street, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.
The Charlie Card is available to either purchase a monthly pass or add stored value (cash). The stored value gives you discounted fare with the WRTA. Stored Value can be used on the WRTA, MBTA, and other participating RTAs in Massachusetts. You can obtain a Charlie Card at the Customer Service Center located at the WRTA Hub, 60 Foster Street [ map ] or WRTA operations facility at 287 Grove St. map.
Employee Pass Program
The WRTA Employee Pass Program can be provided by your employer. It’s a great way to make commuting easier. If your company is currently paying for employee parking, a bus pass program could save money – there are tax benefits as well. Instituting the Employee Bus Pass Program satisfies MDEP’s Rideshare Regulation 310 CMG 7.16. Please contact us with questions on this program: 508-791-WRTA (9782).
College Semester UPASS
College students can ride the WRTA all semester long for a flat fare rate of $100 per semester. Valid college ID is required when purchasing the Semester UPASS and also when boarding any WRTA bus with the Semester UPASS.
The Semester UPASS is sold at the following ticket locations:
WRTA Customer Service Center, 60 Foster Street, Worcester [ map ]
WRTA Operations Facility, 287 Grove Street, Worcester [ map ]