Massachusetts Public Transportation

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and 15 Regional Transit Authorities help residents and visitors navigate Massachusetts using public transportation.
Commuter rail
Massachusetts offers public transportation by train, subway, bus, or boat for navigating the Bay State

For car-less Massachusetts residents and visitors, public transportation is an excellent and cost-efficient way to get around the Bay State. In addition to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) , which serves the Greater Boston area, 15 regional transit authorities take people where they need to be throughout the Commonwealth.

For real-time updates on all Massachusetts transit schedules and advisories, check MBTA Service Alerts.

Regional Transit Authorities

Regional Transit Authorities are responsible for overseeing and coordinating local public transportation, including services for the elderly and those with disabilities.

Greater Boston

red line mbta subway train
The Red Line runs from Cambridge, through Boston, to Braintree

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) primarily serves the Greater Boston area with a combination of subway, light rail, ferry, bus, and commuter train service. Overall, the MBTA system serves more than 175 Massachusetts cities and towns. Service highlights include:

The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) aims to provide public transportation that delivers convenient and dependable service which enhances mobility, environmental quality, and economic vitality in the region. Service highlights include:

  • Bus service to Framingham, Natick, Newton, and Marlboro
  • Full system map
  • Shuttles to medical facilities in Boston via Framingham
  • Connecting service to the MBTA Commuter Rail at Framingham, West Natick, and Natick Center
  • Connecting service to the MBTA Green Line via Newton

Southeastern Massachusetts

The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) provides service to 28 communities from Southern Norfolk County and Northern Bristol County to Plymouth County and the South Shore. Service highlights include:

The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) provides service to 10 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts. Service highlights include:

  • Bus service to Fall River, New Bedford, Swansea, Somerset, Freetown, and Mattapoisett
  • Boston Hospital Shuttle
  • Connecting service to Vineyard Haven/Tisbury ferry in New Bedford
Plymouth & Brockton charter bus
The Plymouth & Brockton bus connects Boston to the South Shore

The Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT) provides public transportation services to communities in the South Shore and Greater Brockton. Service highlights include:

Cape Cod and the Islands

The Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority (VTA) provides year-round and seasonal public transportation to the six towns of Martha's Vineyard: Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury. Service highlights include:

  • Full system maps
  • Connecting service to Chappaquiddick Ferry via Edgartown
  • Connecting service to ferry to Woods Hole via Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven/Tisbury
  • Connecting service to ferry to Hyannis and Falmouth via Oak Bluffs
  • Connecting service to ferry to New Bedford via Vineyard Haven/Tisbury
  • Seasonal connecting service to Nantucket ferry via Oak Bluffs

The Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NTRA) or “the WAVE” provides island-wide public transportation services on Nantucket. Service highlights include:

  • Bus service to Madaket, Sconset, downtown Nantucket, the Mid Island area, and local beaches
  • Full system map links to PDF file
  • Connecting service to Hyannis ferry in downtown Nantucket
  • Seasonal connecting service to Martha’s Vineyard and Harwich Port via downtown Nantucket

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) manages public transportation for all 15 Cape Cod communities. Service highlights include:

  • Bus service to Falmouth, Hyannis, Yarmouth, Eastham, Orleans, and Provincetown
  • Full system map links to PDF file
  • Shuttles to medical facilities in Boston via Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Harwich, Barnstable, and Sagamore
  • Connecting service to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven/Tisbury ferries in Woods Hole
  • Connecting service to Oak Bluffs ferry in Hyannis and Falmouth
  • Connecting service to Nantucket ferry in Hyannis
  • Seasonal connecting service to Nantucket ferry in Harwich Port
  • Seasonal connecting service to Boston ferry in Provincetown
  • Seasonal connecting service to the Commuter Rail via Buzzards Bay and Hyannis

Northeast Massachusetts

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) serves 13 communities in northeast Massachusetts, reaching the New Hampshire border. Service highlights include:

The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) provides service to 17 communities in the Greater Lowell region. Service highlights include:

The Cape Ann Transit Authority (CATA) provides public transportation services in the Cape Ann and North Shore regions. Service highlights include:

Worcester Union Station, public transit hub
Union Station is a public transit hub in downtown Worcester

Central Massachusetts

The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) provides public transportation services to 21 cities and towns in northern Worcester and western Middlesex counties. Services include:

WRTA bus
The WRTA is the second largest Bay State regional transit authority

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) serves 35 communities in Worcester County. Service highlights include:

  • Bus service to Worcester, Auburn, Webster, Leicester, and Shrewsbury
  • Full system map
  • Connecting service to the MBTA Commuter Rail in Worcester

Western Massachusetts

The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) serves 40 cities and towns in Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties, providing coverage to the most rural area of the state. Service highlights include:

PVTA bus to University of Massachusetts
The PVTA transports students to and from UMass Amherst

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) provides service to 24 cities and towns within Hampshire and Hampden counties. Service highlights include:

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) manages public transportation for 24 communities in Berkshire County. Service highlights include:

  • Bus services to Pittsfield, Lenox, Williamstown, North Adams, Great Barrington, and Lee
  • Full system map links to PDF file
  • Service runs Monday – Saturday