An MBTA fare increase will take effect on Jan. 1, 2007. In addition to the fare increases, there will be a change in T pass types. The Subway, Combo and Combo Plus pass types will be replaced by a new, reusable LinkPass card. The LinkPass (also called a "Charlie Card") will expand rider options by providing unlimited travel on the local bus and rapid transit network. Commuter Rail and Commuter Boat riders will continue to pick up a monthly T pass, called the Charlie "Ticket." Although the price of the T passes will go up, MIT staff who purchase their passes through the Parking and Transportation Office will continue to receive the same level of subsidy from the Institute. For more information, visit web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation.