Lowell Regional Transit Authority
|Headquarters||145 Thorndike St.|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
All of the routes serve Monday through Friday and most provide Saturday service.
|3||South Lowell||via Woburn Street to North Billerica (MBTA station)|
|4||Highlands via Stevens|
|5||Westford Street/Drum Hill||Market Basket, Drum Hill|
|6||Broadway/UMass Lowell||University of Massachusetts Lowell South|
|7||Pawtucketville/UMass Lowell North||University of Massachusetts Lowell North|
|9||Lowell Circulator||University of Massachusetts Lowell East|
|11||IRS/Raytheon||via Rte. 133 - No Saturday Service|
|12||Tewksbury||via Rte. 38/Wilmington (MBTA station)|
|14||Burlington/Lahey||Burlington Mall and Lahey Clinic|
|15||Chelmsford/Westford||via Rte. 129/110|
|16||Chelmsford||via Chelmsford Street/Drum Hill Plaza|
|17||North Chelmsford||via Middlesex Street|
|18||Downtown Shuttle||via John Street and Merrimack Street|
|19||Pheasant Lane via Middlesex Street||seasonal route|
Fixed route service
Fixed-route fares are noted below.
|City/Local/Shuttle - Regular||City/Local/Shuttle - Reduced||Suburban - Regular||Suburban - Reduced|
Free transfers are available to and from the Downtown Shuttle.
|In-Town - Regular||In-Town - Reduced||Suburban - Regular||Suburban - Reduced|
CharlieCard Monthly Passes
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|
|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|
- "Lowell Regional Transit Authority (Fixed Route)". First Transit. Retrieved 2008-05-07.[dead link]
- "LRTA Paratransit Services". Lowell Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
- "Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Regional Transit Authorities Coordination and Efficiencies Report" (PDF). Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
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