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Learn to ride transit with travel instruction

Find a travel instruction program near you.

Travel instruction is the professional activity of teaching individuals with disabilities, older adults, and others how to use fixed-route public transportation independently and safely to access their environment and community. Find a program near you.

Travel instruction from your transit authority

Many transit authorities in Massachusetts offer travel instruction programs for individuals and/or groups.

Transit Authority Contact information for finding a travel trainer to help you Tools to use on your own
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)

www.berkshirerta.com/traveltraining.php

Videos about paying the fare on the BRTA
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) (508) 775-8504 ext. 201 Videos about riding CCRTA
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) (508) 823-8828, ext. 225  
Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority (VTA) (508) 693-9440  
MBTA https://mbta.com/accessibility/travel-instruction-training MBTA accessibility guides
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) (978) 469-6878  Videos about riding MVRTA
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)

www.mwrta.com/programs/transitions-travel-training

 

Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART)

(offered in partnership with local human service agencies)

www.mrta.us/how_to_ride/travel-training Videos in English or Spanish about riding MART
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) www.pvta.com/traveltraining.php  
Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) www.wrtaparatransit.com/wrta-travel-training.htm  

Travel instruction from a human service agency

Some state agencies, human service agencies, or community agencies that serve seniors or people with disabilities may offer travel instruction as part of their suite of services. If you are interested in learning to ride transit and are currently working with an agency or caseworker, ask them if they offer this service.

Blind individuals can receive Orientation and Mobility training from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, which can include travel instruction among other activities.

Travel instruction from your local school district

Many schools offer some travel instruction or transportation exposure as part of their special education or transition curricula, especially for students who have a goal of independent travel in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Talk to your school to find out what they offer, or to encourage them to incorporate public transit into the curriculum.

Travel training in action

Rider on a small bus
Travel trainee practices riding the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Route 12 Southeast Loop.
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