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Washington Square Closing – Thursday, July 9, 2020

On Thursday June 18, 2020 Washington Square will be closed.

ALL MVRTA buses will be servicing the downtown area from Bailey Boulevard, from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please refer to the list below for departure locations for all routes:

  • Route 01 (Lawrence)-Bailey Blvd. facing Emerson St.
  • Route 13 (Main St./North Ave.)-Bailey Blvd. alongside Boy’s Club
  • Route 14 (Bradford/Ward Hill)- Bailey Blvd. alongside Boy’s Club
  • Route 15 (Hilldale)-Bailey Blvd. facing Emerson St.
  • Route 16 (Washington St.)- Bailey Blvd. facing Emerson St.
  • Route 18 (Riverside)- Bailey Blvd. alongside Boy’s Club
  • Route 51 (Newburyport)- Bailey Blvd. alongside Boy’s Club

The Haverhill Transit Station will be open from 6:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Beach bus cancellation for August

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to mitigate the spread of the virus, and to protect our passengers and operators, the ROUTE 83 to Salisbury/Hampton Beach  has been cancelled for the month of August, 2020.

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

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, download the Transit App or contact us at 978-469-6878 for updates.

Independence Day

There will be no bus or van service on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.  The Boston Commuter service remains canceled due to COVID-19. We will continue to run a reduced schedule on Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6, 2020.

The main office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.

State Street Closing

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 3:00 PM, for the next 2 weeks 6/18 – 6/20 and 6/25 – 6/27, 2020 State Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Due to this, the Route 54 will not be able to service State Street.  You will be able to get the bus on Pond Street in front of the CVS Pharmacy at the same time you would get it on State Street.

The detour will be as follows for both the Outbound and Inbound:

When bus services James Steam Mill:

  • From Bromfield St.
  • Right on High St.
  • To regular routing

When bus DOES NOT service James Steam Mill:

  • From Water St.
  • Right on Federal St.
  • Right on High St.
  • To regular routing

Memorial Day – May 25, 2020

We will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no bus, van service on this day and the Boston Cummuter service remains canceled due to COVID-19.  There will be no service on Sunday, May 24 and we will be running a normal schedule on Tuesday May 26, 2020.

The main office will be closed on May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Face cover required starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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.

Patriots Day – Monday, April 20, 2020

We will be closed Monday, April 20, 2020 in observance of Patriots’ Day. There will be no bus, Boston Commuter bus or van service on this day. There will be no service on Sunday, April 19 and we will be running a normal schedule on Tuesday April 21, 2020.

The main office will be closed on April 20, 2020 in observance of Patriots’ Day.

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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 have to board/deboard using the rear doors of the buses, unless needed, and space their seating accordingly. Passengers with disabilities and the elderly will still be allowed to use front door entrances when needed.

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.

We will update this page as conditions change.

Service reductions

Weekday service:

  • The last bus leaving Buckley for the routes 01, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39A, 39B, 40 & 41 will be at 6:00 PM
  • The last bus leaving the Robert Kennedy Bus Transfer Center (Lowell) for the route 41 will be at 6:00 PM
  • The last bus leaving Haverhill Transit for the routes 13, 14, 15, 16 & 18 will be at 5:00 PM
  • For the route 21:  the last bus leaving Chestnut Court will be at 5:00 PM and it will end at North Andover Mall at 5:25 P.M.
  • For the route 51/54:
    • The bus that leaves Haverhill Transit at 2:00 P.M. will be ending at Haverhill Transit at 5:24 P.M.
    • The bus that leaves Haverhill Transit at 3:10 P.M. will end at Stop & Shop at 5:50 P.M.
    • The bus that leaves Haverhill Transit at 4:20 P.M. will end at Salisbury Beach at 5:55 P.M.
  • Boston Commuter service has been cancelled.
  • Last scheduled pick up time for ADA will be at 6:00 PM.

Saturday service:

  • Fixed routes and EZ Trans will run on a Sunday schedule (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM).

Sunday service:

  • Fixed routes and EZ Trans Sunday service will be cancelled.

Route 83 to Salisbury/Hampton Beach:

  • Has been cancelled for this summer.

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.

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.