Public transportation in Massachusetts

The MBTA and 15 Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) provide fixed-route and paratransit service in communities across Massachusetts.

Use this page to learn about the types of services that transit authorities offer and which municipalities are members of each transit authority. Then visit your transit authority's website - or contact them directly - to learn what specific services they may offer to your city or town.

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Jobs and Careers in Public Transit

Apply to drive for a Regional Transit Authority or the MBTA.

Introduction to Public Transit Services

The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally:

Fixed Route

  • All transit authorities offer some fixed-route services that have a regular route and schedule (such as bus or subway)
  • Fixed-route transit is open to anyone! There is no eligibility process - just get on board
  • For help learning to ride fixed-route services, look for a travel trainer
  • Older adults and people with disabilities may qualify for discounted fares when riding the fixed route - contact your transit authority and ask about senior discounts, Senior Charlie Card, the Transportation Access Pass (TAP), or other discounts

Paratransit

  • An origin-to-destination service. Routing varies depending on who requests a ride and where they are going
  • Sometimes called "demand-response" or "dial-a-ride"
  • Rides are shared. Other riders may be on the same vehicle, and you may make stops along the way
  • Transit authorities are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide paratransit service under certain circumstances. ADA paratransit is an eligibility-based service for people whose disabilities sometimes or always prevent them from using the fixed route, and who are traveling in an area served by fixed-route service. However, some transit authorities also provide additional paratransit services above and beyond what is federally required
  • Contact your transit authority to find out how to apply for paratransit. Riders usually need to apply - and be deemed eligible - before they can book trips. Riders usually also have to book trips in advance (before the day they want to travel)

Other Services

What's Available in Your Area?

  • Scroll down to find out which transit authority serves your area. Visit their website or call them to learn what services they offer and how to ride

Map of Transit Authorities in Massachusetts

Map of transit authorities in MA. Scroll down for a list of transit authorities and their member municipalities.

The map (and list below) show which cities and towns are within the service areas of each Regional Transit Authority, as well as which cities and towns are served by the MBTA.

MBTA Services

MBTA fixed route service serves the Greater Boston area.

  • Visit www.mbta.com for more information about bus, subway, light rail, and ferry service
  • Seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income youth may be eligible for reduced fares
  • MBTA accessibility resources - information about accessibility features for riders with disabilities, as well as guides for how to ride the bus, subway, commuter rail, or ferry

MBTA Commuter Rail

  • Lines serve Eastern Massachusetts north, south, and west of Boston, with lines running to Fitchburg, Franklin, Haverhill, Kingston, Lakeville, Lowell, Needham, Newburyport, Plymouth,  Rhode Island, Rockport, Scituate, Stoughton, and Worcester
  • The Cape Flyer provides seasonal train service between Boston and Cape Cod

THE RIDE (paratransit for the MBTA)

  • Service area - Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Chelsea, Cohasset, Concord, Danvers, Dedham, Everett, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Lexington, Lincoln, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marblehead, Medfield, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, Milton, Nahant, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Peabody, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sharon, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wenham, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn
  • In addition, partial RIDE coverage is available in Abington, Avon, Billerica, Brockton, Stoughton, and Wellesley
  • The RIDE's on-demand paratransit pilot allows RIDE customers to sign up for subsidized trips on Lyft, Uber, and Curb

Regional Transit Authorities

Regional Transit Authorities serve urban, suburban, and some rural areas across the Commonwealth from the Berkshires to the Islands. Find which transit authority serves your area and then visit their website or call them to learn more about what they offer and how to ride.

Regional Transit Authority and Contact Information

Member Cities and Towns

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)

berkshirerta.com

(413) 499-2782

Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Washington, Williamstown, Windsor

Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT)

www.ridebat.com

(508) 588-1000

Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Hanson, Rockland, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Whitman

Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA)

www.canntran.com

(978) 283-7916

Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Rockport

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA)

www.capecodrta.org

(800) 352-7155

Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth

Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA)

www.frta.org

(413) 773-8090

Ashfield, Bernardston, Blandford, Buckland, Charlemont, Chester, Chesterfield, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hatfield, Hawley, Heath, Huntington, Leyden, Middlefield, Montague, Montgomery, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston (also a member of MART), Plainfield, Rowe, Russell, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Southampton, Southwick, Warwick, Wendell, Westhampton, Whately, Worthington

Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA)

www.gatra.org

(800) 483-2500

Attleboro, Bellingham, Berkley, Carver, Dighton, Duxbury, Foxborough, Franklin, Hanover, Kingston, Lakeville, Mansfield, Marshfield, Medway, Middleborough, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Pembroke, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Rehoboth, Scituate, Seekonk, Taunton, Wareham, Wrentham

Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA)

www.lrta.com

bus info: (978) 452-6161

paratransit info: (978) 459-0152

Acton, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Maynard, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford

Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA)

www.mvrta.com

(978) 469-6878

Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)

www.mwrta.com

(508) 935-2222

Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston

Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART)

www.mrta.us

(978) 345-7711

Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre (also a member of WRTA), Bolton, Boxborough, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hardwick, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Phillipston (also a member of FRTA), Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, Winchendon

Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA)

www.nrtawave.com

(508) 228-7025

Nantucket

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

www.pvta.com

(413) 781-7882

Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Hampden, Holyoke, Leverett, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton, Palmer, Pelham, South Hadley, Springfield, Sunderland, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield, Wilbraham, Williamsburg

Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA)

www.srtabus.com

(508) 999-5211

Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Somerset, Swansea, Westport

Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA)

www.vineyardtransit.com

(508) 693-9440

Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury

Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA)

www.therta.com

(508) 791-WRTA

Auburn, Barre (also a member of MART), Berlin, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Grafton, Holden, Holland, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Worcester

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