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***NEW 30 MINUTE SERVICE***
Starting Tuesday September 6, 2022, all buses out of Lawrence operate every half hour, with departures out of the Buckley Transportation Center on the hour & half hour,
Due to changing commuting demand and unsustainable cost increases, MVRTA is permanently cancelling the Boston Commuter bus from Methuen, Lawrence and Andover effective Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
In appreciation of our loyal riders, we will be offering FARE-FREE service on the route starting August 15, 2022 until the last day of service.
Alternative communizing options include:
- Commuter Rail: MBTA Haverhill Line Commuter Rail, which runs 13 daily round trips between Lawrence, Andover and Boston. See https://www.mbta.com/schedules/CR-Haverhill/timetable or call 617-222-3200 for schedule and fare information.
- Van Pool: MVRTA is working with current Boston Commuter riders, with support from the Van Pool program at MassDOT, seeking to establish a Van Pool with a donated MVRTA van. See Please contact us at 978-469-6878 if you would like to take part in this van pool program.
The following changes will be implemented on July, 2022.
- As of July 5th, all of the Haverhill based routes will run every hour, on the hour on Saturday except for route 51, which will continue to run every hour and 10 minutes.
- As of July 5th, all of the Lawrence based routes will run every hour, on the hour, Monday – Friday, except for routes 01, 41 & 85 which will continue to run every 30 minutes.
Route 13: This bus will no longer utilize Main St. from Cushing Ave. to North Ave. on the Inbound but will serve Walmart and Market Basket on Saturday as well.
Route 18: This bus will no longer utilize Mill St. to Boardman St. or Lincoln Ave. from Keeley St. to Brown St., but will serve Groveland Housing.
Route 51: This bus will no longer utilize Welcome St. or Winter St.
Route 15: This bus will no longer utilize Essex St. or Locust St., it will serve Welcome St. and Winter St., will go directly from Lafayette Square to Hilldale Ave. (See route 16 for High St. service)
Route 16: This bus will no longer utilize Washington St. from Washington Ave. to High St., it will serve Essex St. and High St.
Route 83 (Beach bus): This will be an express run from Lawrence to Salisbury Beach/Hampton Beach and will only run on Saturday from July 9th – September 3rd.
Route 75 (IRS & Raytheon): For this run we will be utilizing a van. There are no changes to routing, pick up/drop off times or locations.
The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) board voted unanimously to go fare-free for all local fixed routes and EZ Trans paratransit services starting March 1, 2022 for at least 2 years. Fares will still be collected on the Boston Commuter bus.
August 22, 2022
MVRTA INCREASES SERVICE FREQUENCY IN LAWRENCE
Lawrence, MA. For the first time in the history of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA), all Lawrence-based bus routes will operate every 30 minutes, all day long, starting September 6, 2022. Historically, MVRTA buses in Lawrence only ran every 30 minutes during peak hours, with hourly service at all other times. For many riders, this proved to be confusing, as they were unsure when buses were running every half hour and when they were running hourly. Keeping a consistent 30-minute service all day long not only makes the schedule easier to understand, it also better reflects the reality that riders need the bus throughout the day and are not likely operating on a banker’s 9-5 schedule.
Since July, all service was only running hourly except for routes #1 and #41, due to a national driver shortage. Thanks to an aggressive recruitment campaign and a top salary of $27.61/hour, MVRTA has been able to overcome the driver shortage and add new operators over the summer who will be deployed in September. Buses will operate every half hour out of the Buckley Transportation Center on Common Street from 5:00 AM until 7:00 PM on weekdays. Saturday service will continue to run hourly, from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
With this service improvement, people living, working or visiting Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, Andover and North Andover will have more flexibility when using public transportation. MVRTA Communications Director Niorka Mendez noted that “Adding more frequency will not only make our system more reliable, it will also improve the rider experience. Riders will no longer need to check the schedule to make sure they don’t miss the bus and wait for an hour for the next bus—they will know that the bus will show up every half hour.”
Rider Ana Salinas added that “Having the half hour pulse extended for longer hours helps with my time management and makes it that much easier and faster to get around.”
In planning this change, MVRTA worked closely with Lawrence Mayor Brian De Peña, who was very enthusiastic about the improved schedule, noting that the more frequent service will be a great benefit for area businesses: “I applaud the decision that MVRTA made to provide a more efficient and faster bus service in our city. This determination will definitely have a positive impact in our community by making our transportation system even more reliable.”
The new schedule is part of a larger campaign to make MVRTA service more responsive to riders’ travel needs, and be more visible and accessible. Back in March, all MVRTA buses went fare free, resulting in a 71.48% ridership increase. Starting in April, MVRA began optimizing routings, starting with routes 35, 36 and 37, by making routes simpler and more direct. As Administrator Noah Berger observed, “the 37 bus used to literally travel in a figure eight, which meant that in many instances, you couldn’t return to where you initially got on the bus. And since travel times are decreased, we are better respecting our passengers’ time.” MVRTA will also be introducing bus stop signs and, through a grant from MassDOT’s Shared Streets Program, bus shelters, which will remove the intimidation of waiting for a bus. Finally, later this fall, MVRTA will introduce a new colorful bus design and logo that will add to the visibility and attractiveness of riding system.
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The TSA is no longer enforcing its mask mandate on public transportation and in transportation hubs, therefore, the MVRTA has adopted the same policy.
Masks are no longer required on the buses, commuter bus, STS vans, or while in MVRTA transportation centers. In following CDC guidelines, we still strongly recommend that you continue to wear your face masks. If the TSA once again enforces a mask policy, please remember the MVRTA will have as well.
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority has established its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for the next 3 years. The goal states 4.5% of contracts for goods and services procured over the next time period will be awarded to registered DBE firms. If you have any comments regarding our policy, please forward them to [email protected] by May 4th, 5 PM. To register as a DBE, information is found at: Apply for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification | Mass.gov
If you are interested in being added to the list of DBE vendors with MVRTA, please send your company’s information to Kathleen Lambert, Deputy Administrator and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liason Officer (DBELO) for MVRTA at [email protected]. It is MVRTA’s practice to post all solicitations on our website under “Doing Business with MVRTA”. Feel free to check this page frequently for information. We look forward to doing business with you!