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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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Starting Tuesday, February 16, 2021 the MVRTA will be providing transportation to the COVID-19 vaccination site located at South Lawrence East Elementary School (165 Crawford St., Lawrence, MA 01843).  All Route 39B buses leaving Buckley between 7:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Saturday, will be servicing this location.  The routing will be as follows:

OUTBOUND:

  • From – Phillips Street
  • Left on Boxford St.
  • Right on Osgood Street
  • Right on Exeter Street
  • Left on Phillips Street

The time points will be as follows:  7:12am, 7:42am*, 8:12am, 9:12am, 10:12am, 11:12am, 12:12pm, 1:12pm, 2:12pm, 2:42pm*, 3:12pm, 3:42pm* & 4:12pm.

INBOUND:

  • From – Phillips Street
  • Right on Exeter Street
  • Left on Osgood Street
  • Left on Boxford St.
  • Right on Phillips Street

The time points will be as follows:  7:28am, 7:58am*, 8:28am, 9:28am, 10:28am, 11:28am, 12:28pm, 1:28pm, 2:28pm, 2:58pm*, 3:28pm, 3:58pm* & 4:28pm.

*This trip will run on weekdays only.

** This route will service the inside of Plaza 114 on the 10:15 & 11:15 trips only.

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We will not be servicing Osgood Landing until further notice, due to construction, starting Friday, January 8, 2021.  The routing will be as follow:

Outbound:  From South Main St / Rte. 125

  • Left onto Boston Rd. (At TD Bank to service Cedardale)
  • Bear right onto Oxford Ave.
  • Right onto Knipe Rd. / Rte. 125
  • Immediate left at set of lights onto Ward Hill Connector
  • Right onto Ward Hill Avenue
  • Right at Stop sign to Rogers Rd.
  • Left onto Ward Hill Avenue
  • Straight to Industrial Ave.
  • Right to service BJ’S

Inbound:  From BJ’s

  • Left onto Shelley Rd.
  • Onto Industrial Ave. back to Ward hill Connector
  • Left onto South Main / Rte. 125 to continue to regular routing

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There is new routing a the Route 37 (Beacon Street) starting Monday December 7, 2020, as we will service service Springhill Marriott.

  •  From Minuteman Rd., left to service the hotels (Residence Inn & Springhill @ 500 Minuteman Rd.).
  • Back out of the hotels onto Minuteman Rd.
  • Left onto River Rd. to regular routing

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Due to remodeling project, the bus will not be able to service Stop & Shop at The Loop, until further notice.  Our only stop will be at AMC theatre.

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.

What you need to know to ride

Effective February 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control will enforce guidance requiring that all “persons” riding on or operating public transit and at transit stations must wear a mask.

To effectively comply with this Order, MVRTA will implement the following policy system-wide effective February 11, 2021.

  1. All “persons[1]” (including MVRTA employees) who are onboard a vehicle or at a transit station are required to wear a mask
  2. MVRTA will continue to enforce the requirement to wear masks while waiting at bus stops, shelters, or in public areas in any MVRTA facility.

As defined in the Order, a mask must;

  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly
  • Be secured to the head either with ties or ear loops
  • Should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures

The following are not acceptable under CDC guidelines, and riders and others may not be allowed on vehicles or in facilities if they are using a mask composed of the following: Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, neck gaiters, or bandannas; Shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the mouth and nose. Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass through, Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic, or leather), masks containing slits, exhalation valves, or punctures or masks that do not fit properly.

The Order also requires operators to “use best efforts” to ensure compliance at all times, including boarding, disembarking, and at all times onboard the vehicle or in transit stations.  To ensure compliance, operators and employees must;

  • Refuse to board passengers who are not wearing a mask.
    • If the unmasked person is waiting for a bus, the operator should stop and inform the passenger that a mask must be worn before boarding.
    • If the passenger refuses to comply, the trip may be denied.
    • A passenger with a known history of non-compliance who is not wearing a mask may be bypassed.
  • Ensure compliance when onboard
    • Passengers who remove their masks once onboard must be reminded to wear the mask properly. If they refuse, the operator must require them to disembark as soon as it is practical to do so. If the passenger refuses, a supervisor must be consulted for guidance.   The Supervisor will decide if law enforcement assistance is needed.
    • Service should not be delayed due to concerns regarding a passenger without a mask. However, if non-compliance with the mask policy creates an unsafe situation, service may be delayed, and a supervisor must be notified immediately.
    • While the operator is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance on board, it is equally important to ensure safe vehicle operation; the operator is not expected to monitor compliance at the expanse of safely operating the vehicle.
    • Repeated incidents of non-compliance may result in the person’s suspension of riding privileges.

Facility specific:

  • No person may be allowed entry to any MVRTA facility without wearing an appropriate mask as outlined above.
  • Persons who remove a mask or cease to wear it appropriately once in a MVRTA facility must be asked to wear the mask properly or leave.

Masks may be removed in the following situations

  • While taking medication
  • While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
  • In a medical emergency
  • To verify one’s identity

Exemptions:

This Order provides limited exemptions;

  1. The Order exempts children 2 and under from the requirement
  2. A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask “because of the disability.
  • Supervisors may impose requirements, or conditions for carriage, on persons requesting an exemption from the requirement to wear a mask, including medical consultation by third party, medical documentation by licensed medical provider.

[1] The order defines “persons” to include travelers (including passengers and crew), “conveyance operators and any workers of service providers “

Mask Exemption Card

Customers who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition that prevents them from wearing it, need to have proof of that condition and should obtain an exemption card from the MVRTA.

Customers interested in getting an exemption card need to:

  • Bring proper medical documentation by licensed medical provider to one of our Transit Centers (Buckley, Lawrence or Washington Square, Haverhill)
  • Bring and ID

Customers will be required to show the exemption card to the driver when boarding.

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. 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.

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

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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.