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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 will be closed Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no bus, Boston Commuter bus or van service on this day. We will be running a Saturday schedule on Saturday, May 28 and a normal schedule on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

The main office will be closed on May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day.

Effective May 9th, 2022 the buses will no longer utilize Highland Street / Wells Avenue.

The routing will be as follows:

  • Outbound from Haverhill Road / Route 110:
    • Left onto Main Street to regular routing
  • Inbound from Main Street:
    • Right onto Haverhill Road / Route 110

The Highland Street and Wells Avenue time point will be named Route 110 and Main Street.

Effective May 2nd, 2022 the buses will no longer enter Essex Plaza, passengers will be able to take the bus either on Essex Street or Margin Street.

The routing will be as follows:

  • Outbound from Essex Street:
    • Left onto Margin Street
    • Right onto Water Street to regular routing
  • Inbound from Margin Street:
    • Right onto Essex Street to regular routing

The following time point has been added both in the outbound and inbound:

  • Melrose & Water Streets

The following changes will be implemented on April 4th, 2022.

Route 36

  • Outbound: will no longer utilize Arlington St./Lawrence St. The routing will be as follows:
    • From Hampshire St.- stay on Hampshire, left onto Lawrence St. to current regular routing.
  • Inbound: will no longer utilize Alder St./Lawrence St./Myrtle St. The routing will be as follows:
    • From Hampshire St.- stay on Hampshire, left onto Elm St. to current regular routing.

The following time points will be different:

  • Outbound: White & Maple, Elm Towers, Rita Hall, Berkeley Home and Holy Family.
  • Inbound: Holy Family, Lawrence & Birchwood, Rita Hall, Elm Towers, White & Maple and Buckley Transportation Center.

Click below for schedule effective April 4, 2022:

 Route 37 

  • Inbound: Will no longer utilize Glenn St./Shepard St. or Mt. Vernon St./Jefferson St./Bowdoin St./Davis St./Amherst St. The routing will be as follows (The bus will come inbound the same way as outbound):
    • From Andover St.- stay on Andover St, left onto Newton St. to current regular routing.

The following time points will be different:

  • Inbound: Vernon St. & North Ave., Andover & Beacon, Andover & Newton and Buckley Transportation Center.

Click below for schedule effective April 4, 2022:

Route 57

  • Frequency: This route will run every 45 minutes.

Click here for schedule effective April 4, 2022.

Route 13

Will no service the Haverhill Medical Center (Primrose St.).  The routing will be as follows:

  • OB: From Main St. – Right onto Marsh Ave. straight onto North Ave. to current regular routing
  • IB: Stay on Main St. to current regular routing.

The following time points will be different:

  • OB: North gas Co. Rd. & Walmart.
  • IB: Market Basket, Stateline Plaza, Monument Sq. & Washington Square Transit Station.

Route 15 

Will no longer utilize Essex St./Locust St. The routing will be as follows:

  • OB: From Washington Square Transit Station – Right onto Washington St., left onto Emerson St., left on Winter St. to current regular routing.
  • IB: From Winter St. – Right onto Emerson St., right onto Washington St. to Washington Square Transit Station.

 Route 32 

Will no longer service Andover Commons or the MBTA Station.  The routing will be as follows:

  • OB: Stay on N. Main St, right onto Central St., left onto School St. to current regular routing.
  • IB: same as current routing.

Route 34 

The routing will be as follows:

  • OB: same as current routing.
  • IB: From E. Haverhill St., right onto Ferry St. to current regular routing.

Route 39A 

Will no longer enter Plaza 114, it will be service it from S. Union St.  The routing will be as follows:

  • OB: Stay on S. Union St. to current regular routing.
  • IB: Stay S. Union St. to current regular routing.

Route 39B 

Will service Plaza 114 in every trip.

Route 54 

Will no longer service James Steam Mill.  The routing will be as follows:

  • OB & IB: same as current routing as when James Steam Mill is not serviced.

Route 99 

Will utilize the shoulder lane from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on I-93 southbound and 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on I-93 northbound when motor vehicle travel in lanes is below 35 m.p.h.

Our Boston Commuter buses will be using the shoulder lane, starting January 3, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on I-93 southbound and 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on I-93 northbound when motor vehicle travel in lanes is below 35 m.p.h., as part of a two-year Bus-on-Shoulder service pilot.

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.

Due to a severe bus driver shortage, that is impacting transit agencies across the country, the MVRTA will TEMPORARILY suspend service on Sundays beginning Sunday, September 19, 2021.  We have elected to make this change in order to be able to provide a reliable service, Monday through Saturday.  Sunday service will resume later in the Fall.

We appreciate your patience as we work very hard to resolve this issue and apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

For any questions or suggestions, call us at 978-469-6878.

Latest News

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!

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