MTA announces 90-minute free transfers with new app

Posted at 2:50 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 15:05:50-04

Taking public transportation in Maryland is about to become much easier, and cheaper.

On Thursday the Maryland Department of Transportation launched their new app, CharmPass, a mobile transit pass app that helps transit riders statewide purchase fares for MARC Train and Commuter Bus services as well as MDOT MTA Local Bus, Light RailLink, and Metro SubwayLink. Also, if you use the app you can transfer between the bus, subway, and light rail within a span of 90 minutes without any additional cost. 

“This new mobile ticketing app is another way we’re working to improve our customers’ experience on transit,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “CharmPass is an innovative tool that will eliminate the need for people to fumble with cash, which will help speed the boarding process and improve reliability.” 

On your smartphone you can now buy Local Bus, Light RailLink and Metro SubwayLink one-way, 1-day, 7-day and 31-day passes; MARC Train one-way, 5-day, 7-day and 31-day tickets; and one-way and 31-day passes for all Commuter Bus routes. 

Tickets can be bought using a credit or debit card as well as your PayPal account. When you get on the bus just show the operator, conductor, or station attendant your screen to show you purchased a ticket. Officials may ask you to tap your screen to verify a valid ticket, causing it to change colors.