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Salem, MA
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taking a trip into boston on commuter rail from salem to get to south station. i am hearing the T is automated now with some pass, is that right? can i still buy a token?

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YES they still have tokens, you can view info on www.mbta.com. They also have visitors' passes which you can read about here from their site:

A visitor's pass allows unlimited travel on all subway lines, the Silver lines, local and Crosstown (CT) buses, and inner harbor ferries. It also allows travel within commuter rail zones 1A and 1B (about five miles from downtown Boston).


1 day pass


3 day pass


7 day pass


The Boston Visitor Pass is valid for unlimited travel on the subway, local bus and inner harbor ferry. For group sales print out the appropriate order form below or further questions, contact Sorrenia Dillon at (617) 222-6117.

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Hi ColleenCollect,

It's the Charlie Pass that you're referring to, here's info on it from their site:

A stored value CharlieTicket will have your fare deducted from it each time you ride the T, allowing you to pay as you go on the subway and bus. For example, a $5.00 stored value CharlieTicket will last for $5.00 worth of travel at stations/vehicles with our new fare collection equipment, or 4 subway rides. Our existing fare collection equipment cannot process stored value CharlieTickets, and patrons will need to continue to use tokens at stations without the new fare equipment.

For customers who frequently use the T, the MBTA recommends buying a CharlieTicket pass. All MBTA CharlieTicket passes (such as Monthly and Weekly) are not only discounted but are also accepted at all applicable MBTA stations/vehicles. That means that customers only need to carry only 1 piece of fare media regardless of whether they are using old or new fare equipment (as opposed to having to carry both stored value CharlieTickets and tokens).

To use a CharlieTicket at a subway station with our new fare equipment, simply insert the ticket into the new fare gate (Charlie side down, with arrow pointing forward).

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At the moment the Charlie Pass is only exclusive on the Blue Line. Everywhere else tokens are fine. The new machines are being phased in a little at a time.

Now, you know that you won't be able to get from Salem to South Station in one fell swoop. When you disembark at North Station, you'll need to get on either the green or orange line and transfer to the red line. Probably the Orange line is easier - then transfer at Downtown Crossing for a Braintree/Ashmont outbound train and go one stop to South Station.

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Also, if you're going to South Station to catch a train, it's worth checking into whether that train is one of those that also stops at Back Bay... in which case, you can hop on the Orange Line at North Station (Forest Hills train), which does also stop at Back Bay.

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When you get to North Station you will connect to both the Orange & Green lines which are now located next to each other. You can use the Orange line inbound to Downtown crossing as was noted by an earlier post but if an inbound Green line trolley is available take it to Park Street and transfer to the Red Line Ashmont or Braintree train to South Station.

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