photo of SRTA bus

High-quality medical providers operate in cities and towns across Massachusetts. In particular, the Boston area is known for having some of the best hospitals in the country. When local facilities refer patients to Boston, getting to the appointment can be a challenge. To help residents access these long-distance appointments, many of the state’s Regional Transit Authorities offer medical shuttles from regions outside of Greater Boston into hospitals and medical facilities on a daily or weekly basis.

For example, the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) became the ninth transit authority to offer a long-distance shuttle into Boston when it launched its Boston Hospital Shuttle (pictured above). The shuttle goes to Boston-area hospitals twice a week, departing from New Bedford on Tuesdays and Fall River on Thursdays. Seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who live in the ten towns in the SRTA service area are eligible to ride the shuttle.

Some transit authorities also provide shuttle service to specialized facilities outside of the Boston area. The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) runs a shuttle from Fitchburg to hospitals in Worcester, and the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority runs a shuttle to the Lahey Clinic in Peabody. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA)'s shuttle offers rides to South Shore Hospitals as well as to Boston, and GATRA’s Miles for Health and MedWheels shuttles each serve many regions. The Lowell Regional Transit Authority and MART shuttles to Boston have a stop at the VA Hospital in Bedford on their way into the city.

To see whether a transit authority near you offers long-distance transportation to medical facilities, visit our medical transportation webpage.

This information is provided by the EOHHS Human Service Transportation Office.