Charlie Card + Passes

LRTA Monthly Passes Stored on Your CharlieCard

You must be issued a CharlieCard before you can purchase any LRTA Monthly Passes.

CharlieCard Purchase Information

Stored Value Minimum First Time Purchase: $5
Registration Fee for Senior CharlieCards and CharlieCards for Persons with Disabilities: $5

Where to Get Your Charlie Card and Passes

LRTA Monthly Passes can be purchased on the last 5 days of each month until the 18th day of the following month.

LRTA Gallagher Terminal – 115 Thorndike Street, Lowell

  • Lobby Ticket Vending Machine
  • Products: Issues CharlieCards and Monthly passes
  • Kennedy Center Rider Information Booth
  • Products: Issues CharlieCards and Monthly passes
  • Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Extended Hours: Monday – Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM, First two and last two business days of each month­.

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LRTA Dispatch Office – 100 Hale Street, Lowell

  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Products: Issues Adult and Student CharlieCards and Monthly Passes
  • Cash Only

Lowell High School Cafeteria – 50 Father Morissette Blvd, Lowell

  • Products: Issues Student CharlieCards and Student Passes
  • Dates, times, and location within the school to be determined by Lowell High School and LRTA, Lowell High School will notify students when scheduled

LRTA Road Runner Office – 100 Hale Street, Lowell

  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Phone: (978) 459-0152
  • Products: Only Issues Senior CharlieCards & CharlieCards for Persons with Disabilities/TAP. Monthly Passes cannot be purchased at this location.

CharlieCard Purchase Requirements

To Get Your Student CharlieCard

  • Bring a valid Student ID or Class Schedule from your school.

To Get Your Senior CharlieCard

  • Bring Photo ID that includes date of birth (Must be 60+ years)
  • Must fill out an application.
  • Senior CharlieCard registration fee: $5

To Get Your CharlieCard for Persons with Disabilities/Transportation Access Pass (TAP)

  • First time applicants for the TAP ID, or applicants with expired TAP ID Cards need to fill out an application.
  • Click Here to Download the Transportation Access Pass (TAP) CharlieCard Application. (PDF)
  • The LRTA will process your application within 14 days of receipt.
  • Once approved , you will need to bring a photo ID to the Road Runner Office.
  • Free round-trip transportation will be provided to you for this process.
  • CharlieCard Registration Fee: $5

Using your CharlieCard

  • Use in-station fare vending machines to add stored-value or monthly passes to your CharlieCard.
  • Just touch your CharlieCard on the orange card target on any fare box. The money will be deducted automatically.

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