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The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) is your public transportation service. The MVRTA serves the northeast corner of Massachusetts with over 1 million miles of scheduled bus routes, and elderly and disabled transportation.

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Transit Alerts

We will not be servicing Osgood Landing until further notice, due to construction, starting Friday, January 8, 2021.  The routing will be as follow:

Outbound:  From South Main St / Rte. 125

  • Left onto Boston Rd. (At TD Bank to service Cedardale)
  • Bear right onto Oxford Ave.
  • Right onto Knipe Rd. / Rte. 125
  • Immediate left at set of lights onto Ward Hill Connector
  • Right onto Ward Hill Avenue
  • Right at Stop sign to Rogers Rd.
  • Left onto Ward Hill Avenue
  • Straight to Industrial Ave.
  • Right to service BJ’S

Inbound:  From BJ’s

  • Left onto Shelley Rd.
  • Onto Industrial Ave. back to Ward hill Connector
  • Left onto South Main / Rte. 125 to continue to regular routing

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There is new routing a the Route 37 (Beacon Street) starting Monday December 7, 2020, as we will service service Springhill Marriott.

  •  From Minuteman Rd., left to service the hotels (Residence Inn & Springhill @ 500 Minuteman Rd.).
  • Back out of the hotels onto Minuteman Rd.
  • Left onto River Rd. to regular routing

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There is new routing for the Route 35 starting Monday, November 2, 2020 for the Outbound and Inbound, weekdays only,  as we will service the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Methuen.

OUTBOUND – Merrimac Plaza:
Right onto Burnham Rd.
Left onto Haverhill St. / Rte. 110 / Lowell St.
Right onto Brach St. to Dana-Farber

INBOUND – from Branch St., Dana-Farber:
Left onto Lowell St. / Rte. 110 / Haverhill St.
Right onto Burnham Rd. and resume regular routing.

**The following time points will be different:

  • Outbound: 5.
  • Inbound:  5, 6, 7 & 8.

**Lowell St. / Rte. 110 / Haverhill St. is a NO STOP ZONE**

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Starting Monday, November 2, 2020, there are changes on time point 7, during the week only.  See schedule below.

Schedule Route 57.

There is new routing for the Route 54 starting Monday, November 2, 2020 for the both Outbound and Inbound, as we will service the Salisbury Senior Center.

OUTBOUND – from Bridge Street:

  • Bear left onto Lafayette Rd.
  • Left into Senior Center
  • Right onto Lafayette Rd
  • Left onto Beach Rd and resume regular routing.

INBOUND – from Beach Road:

  • Right onto Lafayette Rd.
  • Left into Senior Center
  • Right onto Lafayette Rd
  • Right onto Elm Street and resume regular routing.

Also note that time points for James Steam Mill have been updated.

Schedule Route 54.

Due to remodeling project, the bus will not be able to service Stop & Shop at The Loop, until further notice.  Our only stop will be at AMC theatre.

Starting Sunday, September 6, 2020 there will be a Shuttle bus (Route 57) that will ONLY provide service to Newburyport.  Click on the link below for schedule:

Newburyport Shuttle schedule.

What you need to know to ride the bus

Riders are required to wear face coverings on public transit, in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible, including enclosed or semi-enclosed such as Buckley Transportation Center in Lawrence and Haverhill Transit Center, and should maintain as much social distance as possible while on MVRTA buses.

Riders must be traveling to an essential destination such as clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and work.

Riders are required to exit the bus at the end of its route and may not re-board the same vehicle for return trip.  Multiple or consecutive round trips are not permitted and riders who appear to be loitering on the bus will be asked to deboard.

No standees are permitted on buses.

Please know that we take our responsibility to keep Massachusetts safe very seriously.  Be assured we have taken the following steps to comply with state mandatory safety standard for workplaces

  • Workers are wearing face coverings and we’ve put social distancing measures in place.
  • We provide hand washing capabilities and we are regularly sanitizing high-touch areas.
  • Our staff has received training regarding social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • We have established thorough cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

We ask you to do your part as well by wearing your face mask and maintaining social distance.

Regular service for both fixed routes and EZ Trans resumed on Sunday, September 06, 2020

Main Office at 85 Railroad Ave hours

Main office is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

We are following the procedures and guidelines recommended to all agencies from the US DOT and the CDC

  • The MVRTA Maintenance Team is sanitizing all vehicles each night.
  • Operators and supervisors have all been provided training on how to protect themselves from the virus. The training was mandatory.
  • New and updated memos from the CDC continue to be posted on how everyone can protect themselves. These memos and updates will be posted at MVRTA transit centers, Buckley, McGovern, Washington Sq. Haverhill and Amesbury.
  • MVRTA’s Operations team has developed procedures should staff become infected; how to protect themselves and others from spreading infection.
  • All bus and van drivers carry pocket size hand sanitizer since soap and water is not available on the road. Sanitizer products are available to all staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in the MVRTA administration office lobby and transit centers. These are available to the public.
  • Finally use common sense, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, seek medical attention if your symptoms become severe.

We will update this page as conditions change.

Documents

Face cover required – EFFECTIVE: MAY 6, 2020 (PDF)

If you are sick and have a cough, cold, fever, or having symptoms of Covid-19, do not take MVRTA transit service.  If urgent medical care is needed, use a personal vehicle or call an ambulance to get to the provider’s location.

Starting Monday, September 9, 2019, thanks to a grant from the taxpayers of the City of Lawrence, the following routes will be FREE OF CHARGE:

  • Route 34 (Prospect Hill)
  • Route 37 (Beacon Street)
  • Route 85 (Lawrence Downtown Shuttle)

You will see the “FREE” sign next to the bus route information on the destination sign, on the front and side of the bus.

***NO TRANSFERS WILL BE GIVEN OUT FROM ANY OF THESE ROUTES***

For additional information call 978-469-6878

Latest News

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means many of us will be making purchases online to avoid large crowds and busy mall traffic looking for a safer way to shop due to COVID-19.  However cyber criminals take advantage of this opportunity to steal your sensitive information.

There are a few simple steps we all can take to be more secure before and after we shop.

Starting Monday, April 6, 2020, the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority highly recommends all passengers wear a medical or cloth mask to cover their mouth and nose as recommended by the CDC while on board the MVRTA.  Visit cdc.org for a tutorial on making your own cloth face cover and important information on how to wear a face cover.

Riders must be traveling to an essential destination such as clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and work. All riders are required to exit the bus at the end of its route and may not re-board the same vehicle for return trip.  Multiple or consecutive round trips are not permitted and riders who appear to be loitering on the bus will be asked to deboard.

If you are sick and have a cough, cold, fever, or having symptoms of Covid-19, do not take MVRTA transit service.  If urgent medical care is needed, use a personal vehicle or call an ambulance to get to the provider’s location.

MVRTA Takes Recommended Precautions against the spread of Corona Virus:

We are following the procedures and guidelines recommended to all agencies from the US DOT and the CDC

  • The MVRTA Maintenance Team is sanitizing all vehicles each night.
  • Operators and supervisors have all been provided training on how to protect themselves from the virus in the last two weeks. The training was mandatory.
  • New and updated memos from the CDC continue to be posted on how everyone can protect themselves. These memos and updates will be posted at MVRTA transit centers, Buckley, McGovern, Washington Sq. Haverhill and Amesbury.
  • MVRTA’s Operations team has developed procedures should staff become infected; how to protect themselves and others from spreading infection.
  • All bus and van drivers carry pocket size hand sanitizer since soap and water is not available on the road. Sanitizer products are available to all staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in the MVRTA administration office lobby and transit centers. These are available to the public.
  • Finally use common sense, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, seek medical attention if your symptoms become severe.