Lowell Regional Transit Authority

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Lowell Regional Transit Authority
LRTA simple logo.png
Founded 1974
Headquarters 145 Thorndike St.
Locale Lowell, MA
Service area Greater Lowell
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 18 (In addition to a seasonal line during the holiday season)
Destinations Lowell, Chelmsford, Billerica, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Burlington, Dracut, Tyngsborough, Westford, Littleton
Fleet Gillig, Blue Bird
Fuel type Diesel, CNG, Hybrid
Operator First Transit
Website lrta.com

The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) is a public, non-profit organization in Massachusetts, charged with providing public transportation to the Greater Lowell area. This primarily includes the city of Lowell and the towns of Billerica, Burlington, Dracut, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford and Wilmington. The LRTA provides fixed route bus services and paratransit services within this area, although some fixed lines do extend beyond these towns.[1][2]

The LRTA was created in September 1974 under Chapter 161B of the Massachusetts General Laws, the law that impacts all transit authorities in the state of Massachusetts. Since 2004, operation of the LRTA has been subcontracted to First Transit, a subsidiary of the United Kingdom based FirstGroup.[1][3]

The area served by the LRTA is within the commuter rail service area of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). At the Gallagher Transit Terminal in Lowell, LRTA buses provide connection to each other, to trains on MBTA's Lowell Line, and to various intercity bus routes.[1][3]


All of the routes serve Monday through Friday and most provide Saturday service.

No Name Notes
1[4] Christian Hill
2[5] Belvidere
3[6] South Lowell via Woburn Street to North Billerica (MBTA station)
4[7] Highlands via Stevens
5[8] Westford Street/Drum Hill Market Basket, Drum Hill
6[9] Broadway/UMass Lowell University of Massachusetts Lowell South
7[10] Pawtucketville/UMass Lowell North University of Massachusetts Lowell North
8[11] Centralville
9[12] Lowell Circulator University of Massachusetts Lowell East
10[13] Dracut/Tyngsborough
11[14] IRS/Raytheon via Rte. 133 - No Saturday Service
12[15] Tewksbury via Rte. 38/Wilmington (MBTA station)
13[16] Billerica via Edson
14[17] Burlington/Lahey Burlington Mall and Lahey Clinic
15[18] Chelmsford/Westford via Rte. 129/110
16[19] Chelmsford via Chelmsford Street/Drum Hill Plaza
17[20] North Chelmsford via Middlesex Street
18[21] Downtown Shuttle via John Street and Merrimack Street
19[22] Pheasant Lane via Middlesex Street seasonal route


Fixed route service[edit]

Fixed-route fares are noted below.[23]

City/Local/Shuttle - Regular City/Local/Shuttle - Reduced Suburban - Regular Suburban - Reduced
$1.00 $0.50 $1.50 $0.75


Free transfers are available to and from the Downtown Shuttle.

In-Town - Regular In-Town - Reduced Suburban - Regular Suburban - Reduced
$0.25 $0.10 $0.15 $0.25

CharlieCard Monthly Passes[edit]

Passes can be purchased at the Kennedy Transportation Center (145 Thorndike St, Lowell), at Lowell High School (Kirk Street, Lowell; sold to students on the first and last day of the month in both cafeterias), or by sending a check or money order to: Lowell Transportation Management, Inc.; Attn: Monthly Bus Passes; 100 Hale St, Lowell, MA 01851.

Adult Student Senior Persons with Disabilities
$35.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00

Fare categories[edit]

Regular Reduced Children
Persons from 13 to 59 years of age 60 years or older with I.D. (Statewide Transportation Access Pass or Medicare Card) From 6 to 12 years of age; children 5 and under ride free and must be accompanied by an adult


  1. ^ a b c "Lowell Regional Transit Authority (Fixed Route)". First Transit. Retrieved 2008-05-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "LRTA Paratransit Services". Lowell Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Regional Transit Authorities Coordination and Efficiencies Report" (PDF). Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route1/
  5. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-2/
  6. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-3-south-lowell/
  7. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-4-highlands-via-stevens/
  8. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-5-westford-streetdrum-hill/
  9. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-6-broadwayumass-lowell/
  10. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-7-pawtucketvilleumass-lowell-north/
  11. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-8-centralville/
  12. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-9-downtown-circulator/
  13. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-10-dracuttyngsboro/
  14. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-11-irsraytheon-via-rte-133/
  15. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-12-tewksbury-via-rte-38wilmington-train-station/
  16. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-13-billerica-via-edson/
  17. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-14-burlington-malllahey-clinic/
  18. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-15-chelmsfordwestford-via-rte-129110/
  19. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-16-chelmsford-via-chelmsford-street/
  20. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-17-north-chelmsford-via-middlesex-street/
  21. ^ http://lrta.com/schedules/route-18-downtown-shuttle/
  22. ^ http://lrta.com/route-19-pheasant-lane-mall-via-middlesex-street/
  23. ^ http://lrta.com/fare/

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