Worcester Regional Transit Authority

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Worcester Regional
Transit Authority
WRTA logo.png
WRTA bus garage, April 2016.jpg
WRTA buses at the old garage in April 2016. The building was built as a trolley carbarn for the Worcester Consolidated Street Railway, one of the WRTA's predecessors. In 2016 WRTA moved to their new building.
Founded 1974
Headquarters 42 Quinssgumond ave,
Locale Worcester, Massachusetts
Service type bus service, paratransit
Operator Central Mass Transit Management
Website therta.com

Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) is a public, non-profit organization charged with providing public transportation to the city of Worcester, Massachusetts and the surrounding towns. The WRTA was created in September 1974 under Chapter 161B of the Massachusetts General Laws. This act also created several other regional transit authorities in Massachusetts, including the Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority among others.


The WRTA currently provides fixed route bus service to Auburn, Boylston, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Webster, West Boylston and Worcester. In addition to its fixed route bus service, the WRTA provides Community Shuttle Flex Van Service (limited shuttle service) to Grafton, Northbridge, Paxton, and Westborough.[1] The WRTA also provides paratransit service to a total of 37 communities in Central Massachusetts.

The WRTA will be receiving 39 million dollars of federal grant money to build a new greener and more energy-efficient maintenance facility for its busses. The money will also be used to convert the city's existing bus fleet to electric. A location for the new facility has yet to be identified.

Detailed schedules are available on the WRTA website.

Fixed Route Bus Service[edit]

Route # Route Name
1 Union Station Hub - Mount St. Ann via Providence St.
2 Union Station Hub - Tatnuck Square via Pleasant St.
3 Union Station Hub - Worcester State University via Highland St.
4 Union Station Hub - The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley via Millbury St.
5 Union Station Hub - Southwest Commons via Grafton St.
6 Union Station Hub - West Tatnuck via Chandler St.
7 Union Station Hub - Washington Heights Apts.
9/9A Union Station Hub - Worcester State University via Pleasant St.
10 College Route - Assumption to Worcester State to Hub
11 Union Station Hub - The Fair Plaza via Vernon Hill and Greenwood St.
14 Union Station Hub - Showcase Cinemas/Holden via Burncoat St.
16 Union Station Hub - Lincoln Plaza via Hamilton St. & Lake Ave.
19 Union Station Hub - Webster Square – Clark University via Main St.
22 Union Station Hub - Shoppes At Blackstone Valley via Millbury Center
23 Union Station Hub - East Mountain Street via Lincoln St.
24 Union Station Hub - UMass Medical Center via Belmont St.
25 Union Station Hub - Auburn Industrial Park via Canterbury & Southbridge St.
26 Union Station Hub - Great Brook Valley via Lincoln St.
27 Union Station Hub - Auburn Mall via Main St.
29 Union Station Hub - Southbridge - Charlton.
30 Union Station Hub - W. Boylston Wal-Mart via Grove St. & W. Boylston St.
31 Union Station Hub - Lincoln Plaza via Grove St. & West Boylston St.
33 Union Station Hub - Spencer - Brookfield via Main St. & Rt. 9
34 Union Station Hub - George Booth Apts. Via Belmont & Plantation Street (Sunday Only)
42 Union Station Hub – Oxford – Webster via Southbridge St. & Rt. 12

Community Shuttle Flex Van Service[edit]

Route Route Name
Route A Northbridge Walmart - Shoppes at Blackstone Valley via Fisherville
Route B New Village - Rockdale - Stop & Stop - Grafton MBTA Station
Paxton Shuttle Anna Maria College - Union Station Hub via Paxton Center and Tatnuck Square
Westborough Shuttle Westborough MBTA to Computer Drive (Commuter) / Westborough Local


One way[edit]

Fare Type Cash
Adults (14 and up) $1.50
Reduced Fare (Elderly and Disabled) $0.75
Children 5-13 Accompanied by an Adult $0.75
Children Under 5 Accompanied by an Adult Free
Children 9 years of age not accompanied by an adult $1.50


Pass Type Cash
One Day Pass $3.50
Reduced One Day Pass (Elderly/Disabled, Children) $1.75
31 Day Pass $48.00
Reduced 31 Day Pass $24.00
College Semester UPASS $100.00


The Worcester Regional Transit Authority maintains a fleet of 52 buses, including six (6) electric, 17 diesel-electric hybrid buses, and 29 Clean Diesel buses.[6]


  1. ^ "Worcester Regional Transit Authority Schedules". therta.com. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Worcester Regional Transit Authority Schedules". therta.com. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Worcester Regional Transit Authority Schedules". therta.com. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Worcester Regional Transit Authority Fare Information". therta.com. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Worcester Regional Transit Authority Fare Information". therta.com. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Worcester Regional Transit Authority Fleet and Service Areas". therta.com. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 

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