System Alert: Service updates

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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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  • We are running a Sunday schedule on Saturdays until further notice.
  • Office hours are between 9 am and 12 pm Tuesday or Thursday.
  • Passengers have to board/deboard using the rear doors of the buses, unless needed, and space their seating accordingly.
  • We highly recommend all passengers wear a medical or cloth mask to cover mouth and nose.
  • Passengers must be traveling to an essential destination such as clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and work. Multiple or consecutive round trips are not permitted.

 

We will be closed Sunday, April 12, 2020 in observance of Easter Sunday. There will be no bus or van service on this day. We will be running our modified Saturday schedule on April 11 and a normal schedule on Monday April 13, 2020.

The main office will be closed on April 12, 2020 in observance of Easter Sunday.

Our Main Office at 85 Railroad Ave will have reduced office hours do to COVID-19.  Fixed Route Bus & STS Van Ticket sales, employment applications, and other transactions handled at the reception desk must be conducted between 9 am and 12 pm Tuesday or Thursday.  All other visitors to the main office must schedule an appointment with a manager.  Phone lines will remain open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday for both Fixed Route and STS calls.

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.

 

In line with CDC and DPH guidelines on social distancing, the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority has made changes to protect our frontline employees.  Effective immediately, the MVRTA will begin rear door boarding.   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.  This change has been made to protect the health and safety of our essential employees and customers.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.  We will keep you informed of any further updates.

As of Saturday, March 28th, 2020 we will be running a Sunday schedule on Saturdays until further notice.  We will continue to run a regular schedule from Sunday through Friday.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.  We will keep you informed of any further updates.

Check here, check Twitter, the Transit App or contact us at 978-469-6878 for updates.

There is new routing for the Route 37 (Beacon Street) starting Monday March 9, 2020, as we will service Marriott Springhill before servicing Courtyard Marriott. Time points 6 & 7 have changed.

 After servicing the Lawrence Technical School:  Right onto Minuteman Rd. to service Marriott Springhill, back out onto Minuteman Rd; Left onto River Rd; Left onto Old River Rd; Right onto Campanelli Dr. to service Courtyard Marriott; Left onto Old River Rd; Left onto River Rd to regular routing.

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Starting Monday, March 9, 2020, the following time points have been adjusted: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9.

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Starting Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the following time points will be different: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11.

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Starting on Tuesday February 18, 2020, we will service Walmart and Market Basket in Plaistow, NH, Monday – Friday ONLY.  Click here for schedule.

As of December 10, 2019 we will be servicing the Andover Senior Center now located at the Ballard Vale United Church on 23 Clark Rd., Andover.

The route change will be as follows for the trips that go to the Senior Center:

OUTBOUND: From Chestnut Court

  • Left onto Morton St.
  • Left onto Chestnut St.
  • Left onto Central St. to regular routing

INBOUND: From Chestnut Court

  • Left onto Morton St.
  • Left onto Chestnut St.
  • Left onto Central St.
  • Right onto School St.
  • Left onto Essex St.
  • Left onto Redspring Road / Andover St.
  • Right onto Hall St.
  • Left Ballard Vale United Church
  • Left onto Clark Rd
  • Left onto Andover St./ Redspring Road.
  • Right onto Essex St.
  • Right onto School St.
  • Left onto Central St.
  • Right onto Chestnut St. to Chestnut Court

The route will be as follows for the trips that DO NOT GO to the Senior Center:

INBOUND: From Chestnut Court

  • Left onto Morton St.
  • Left onto Chestnut St.
  • Left onto Central St.
  • Right onto School St.
  • Left onto Essex St.
  • Right onto Railroad St. to regular routing

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There is new routing for the Route 54 starting Friday November 22nd, 2019 for the Outbound:

From High Street:

  • Right onto Summer St.
  • Resume regular routing

***WE WILL NOT BE USING MARKET STREET AS OF 11.22.2019***

Effective Monday October 7th, 2019 we will be providing limited service to the James Steam Mill on the Route 54, Outbound and Inbound, 7 days a week.  The time points are as follows: 10:09 AM (IB), 12:57 PM (OB), 2:49 PM (IB), 4:27 PM (OB). Please note that the James Steam Mill will be serviced at these times ONLY.

 The routing will be as follows:

OUTBOUND and OUTBOUND from MVRTA Garage:

  • Straight on Merrimac St./Water St. to James Steam Mill
  • Right onto Bromfield St.
  • Right onto High St.
  • Right onto Federal St.
  • Left onto Water St.
  • Left onto State St. to regular routing

All of the highlighted time points will be in effect Monday, September 30, 2019.

Rt. 21 changes

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

Starting Sunday, September 01, 2019, the following routes will be interlined differently:

  • Route 33 will continue as Route 35 once it arrives to Buckley
  • Route 35 will continue as Route 33 once it arrives to Buckley
  • Route 39B will continue as Route 40 once it arrives to Buckley
  • Route 40 will continue as Route 39B once it arrives to Buckley

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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.

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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.