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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

Monday, September 28, 2020 will be the last day for the Route 56 – NECC Express until further notice.

Riders can take either the Route 01 from Lawrence or the Route 51 from Haverhill to go to the NECC Campus in Haverhill.  Students with a valid ID can ride for free.

Starting Monday, September 28, 2020, there are changes on time point 2 (Outbound) and new routing for the Route 57, as the Commuter Rail will not be serviced.

The portion of the route that was changed will be as follows:

From State Street

  • Right onto High Street
  • Left onto Pond Street/Low Street
  • Right into Heritage house to regular routing

Schedule

Starting Monday, September 28, 2020, there are changes on time point 2 (Outbound). for the Route 51.

Schedule

Starting Monday, September 28, 2020, there are changes on the following time points for the Route 54, Outbound and Inbound (Weekdays ONLY): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (OB) 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22.

Schedule.

Starting Monday, September 28, 2020 the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority will start collecting fares again.
***Routes 34, 37 & 85 remain free**

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.

Starting Sunday, September 6, 2020, Route 51 and Route 54 will run every 60 minutes, Monday – Friday ONLY, weekend service remains the same.Click on the links below for schedules.

 

 

Starting Sunday, September 6, 2020 the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority will resume regular service for both fixed routes and EZ Trans:

  • Weekdays: 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sundays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Passengers will board using the rear doors of the buses and space their seating accordingly. Passengers with disabilities and the elderly will still be allowed to use front door entrances when needed. The no standee policy remains in effect until further notice.

*** Fares will be collected starting Monday, September 28, 2020.***

Thank you for your patience as we work together for a common goal of resuming normal service.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all passengers are REQUIRED to wear a nose and mouth covering on-board ALL MVRTA VEHICLES AND WAITING AREAS starting Wednesday, May 6,2020.

Governor Baker issued an order requiring EVERYONE TO WEAR A FACE COVERING IN PUBLIC – including on Public Transportation.  Passengers are responsible for having a nose and mouth covering which can range from a medical mask to a bandanna, scarf or t-shirt to a homemade or painters mask, etc.

Thank you for your patience as we work together for a common goal of resuming normal service.

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 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.

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.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

In an effort to limit the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID 19, the Boston Commuter service will be cancelled until further notice.  We appreciate your patience and your understanding, and we will keep you informed of any further updates.

 

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

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.

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***