Transportation for Researchers

M2 Shuttle service

The M2 Shuttle provides free service for Harvard students to the Longwood Medical Area and MIT.  Click here for more information and the schedule.

MBTA T Pass Program

The Office of Undergraduate Science Education encourages Harvard undergraduates to pursue research opportunities at laboratories that best suit their interests, regardless of location.  Realizing that the cost of a T pass can quickly add up, we have created a fund to help defray transportation expenses for students who are working in off-campus research laboratories that are not serviced by the M2 shuttle. Eligible laboratories include those located at Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, the Broad Institute, and the Arnold Arboretum. This program supports subway and bus transportation on the MBTA; other transportation options are outside the scope of this program.

How do you participate in the T pass program?

  • If you are currently enrolled in a departmental research course (e.g. MCB 91r,  SCRB 99, Neurobiology 98, etc) and your laboratory is located off campus and not at the HMS quad or Longwood Medical area, you are automatically eligible; however, you need to complete and submit a transportation form (see below) monthly.
  • If you are not currently enrolled in a departmental research course and your laboratory is located off campus and not at the HMS quad, fill out the T Pass Eligibility Form, give to your P.I. to review and  sign if you are eligible, and turn it in to one of the science education offices.
  • All students need to submit eligibility and transport frequency forms need to be submitted each month by the 15th of that month in order for student's expenses to be reimbursed/supported for that month.

Who is eligible for the program?

Any student conducting Fall (September 1 to December 15) or Spring term (February 1 to April 30) science research at an off-campus, MBTA-accessible laboratory is eligible, regardless of year in school or concentration. 

How do I obtain a pass or get reimbursed for my T pass?

You should determine how often you go to the lab. 

  • If you go four times or more per week throughout the semester, you should buy a monthly T pass at any T station for $84.50.  Save your receipt and bring it to Lisa Fountain (Sherman Fairchild Room 195) or James Poolner (BioLabs Room 1082C) for reimbursement. Reimbursement is not possible without a dated, legible printed receipt.
  • If you fewer than four times weekly, visit one of the science education offices (see below) to pick up a prepaid Charlie Card, which will allow you to ride the T  for 30 one-way trips.  When you have used up the Charlie Card for your research trips, you can stop by the office to pick up a new one. Use of these cards is for research-related trips only.

Where should I go to get a T Pass or be reimbursed for a T Pass that I purchased?

There are two offices that can help you with your T pass.  If you have declared a concentration, you should go to the office affiliated with your concentration; non-concentrators may visit either office.

  • The Concentration Office for MCB, CPB, and HDRB is located in Sherman Fairchild Room 195. See map for directions.
  • The Life Sciences Undergraduate Office for IB/OEB, Neurobiology, and HEB  is located in the BioLabs Room 1082C.  James Poolner's regular office hours during term-time are 10AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday.

Can I receive a T pass for summer research?

The T pass program is funded for term-time research only.  We cannot accomodate requests for funding for summer research (mid-May through August)

Questions about the Program?

Contact Margaret A. Lynch, Associate Director of Science Education.  


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