Lowell Regional Transit Authority

LRTA Fixed Route Bus Service: 978-452-6161
Road Runner ADA Paratransit: 978-459-0152

Welcome to the LRTA…

Your Regional Transit Authority!


Sunday Bus Service will be Suspended


LRTA Sunday Service Suspension Notice

As of Sunday, April 5, the Lowell Regional Transit Authority is suspending its Pilot Sunday Bus Service in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

The reason for Sunday service suspension is to protect the safety of LRTA customers and its employees.

Once the timing permits a safe operation, the LRTA will reactivate its full Sunday service.

We ask for your cooperation and support as we make prudent decisions to safeguard operations and combat COVID-19.





LRTA COVID-19 Flyer 320The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) continues to serve riders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following along with Governor Baker’s guidelines and to ensure the safety of our passengers and bus operators, we ask that the bus and Gallagher Terminal be used for essential travel only and that if you are feeling unwell, do your due diligence to the community by not riding the bus.

LRTA has taken other measures to ensure the safety of our passengers and bus operators such as rear-door loading and unloading, and leaving the front section of the bus available to the elderly and disabled only.

LRTA thanks you for your cooperation during this time.

Click Here for a downloadble pdf of this notice




LRTA Modified Saturday Schedule for Weekdays Monday – Friday


 For the safety and well being of our Passengers and Drivers, the LRTA will be operating a modified Saturday Schedule for weekdays, Monday through Friday. The LRTA Saturday and Sunday Bus Schedules will remain the same. The LRTA thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this COVID-19 crisis.

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As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) has made systemwide service changes to protect our frontline employees and those members of the public who must travel as essential workers, i.e., hospital staff, emergency responders and safety personnel.

Beginning immediately, customers should board at the rear doors of buses, and space their seating according to recommended social distancing protocols (6 feet). Seniors and people with disabilities can still board at the front door if needed.

LRTA facilities and buses are being cleaned and sanitized with increased frequency each day.

These decisions are based on guidance from public health professionals and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

To learn more about how the LRTA is adjusting in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, please keep visiting our website for the latest updates. The LRTA appreciates your cooperation during this time of national crisis.

James H Scanlan
Administrator, LRTA



COVID-19 Update from
Response Command Center
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 

Click Here for the Situation Update as of April 1, 2020



LRTA Disinfectant Routine & Schedule for Coronavirus – COVID-19 

Click Here to read the LRTA Disinfectant Routine & Schedule implemented during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Stay Informed About Coronavirus – COVID-19  

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide updated information about the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Click Here for information about coronavirus

Click Here for info about coronavirus cases, quarantine and monitoring
updated daily at 4 pm



The LRTA is being proactive in keeping our riders and employees as safe as possible during the Coronavirus situation by disinfecting all surfaces on all fixed-route buses daily.
We are also treating high traffic areas in our facilities.
The best way to keep yourself protected is to wash your hands regularly.

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To read the Coronavirus fact sheet from the MA Dept. of Public Health Click Here
To read how to stop the spread of germs from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Click Here




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To Better Serve Our Customers
Going to the Lowell Courthouse

LRTA Route 18 Downtown Shuttle
will now stop 
at the corner of
Middlesex Street & the Lord Overpass Circle

(In front of the Durkin Building)  


We want to know
what you think!

LRTA is updating their Regional Transit Plan in order to create a vision for the next five years and prioritize service improvements.

As a valued LRTA customer, your feedback is essential to our service and is a key ingredient in our recipe for success. Please take five minutes to complete this survey to help us make LRTA the best service it can be!

Click Here to take the Survey!



Take our new Sunday service to exciting destinations across the region!

Click Here to Download the New Sunday Bus Schedule!




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A Great New Benefit That Gives LRTA Riders
Two Ways to Get Real-Time Bus Information

View Interactive GPS Bus Route Maps
On Your Computer or Tablet 

Click on the LRTA Bus Tracker logo below


Track Buses on All 18 LRTA Bus Routes
in Real-Time on Our Regional Map

Select a Bus Stop to Get Live Departure Times

Click Here For More Details

Get Real-Time LRTA Bus Stop Arrival & Departure Times
On Your Smart Phone 

Click for more information about RouteShout

Download the Free Smart Phone App

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View RouteShout in the Apple App StoreView RouteShout in the Google Play Store

Find Times by Your Location,
Address or LRTA Bus Route

Click Here For More Details

Explore Statewide Transportation Options

Click for statewide Ride Match directions

A one-stop searchable directory of public, private and
accessible transportation options in Massachusetts

Click Here For More Details



Please visit our “Public Information” page to view the LRTA’s Regional Transit Plan (Chapter 7)


The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) is located at 115 Thorndike St. Lowell, Ma 01852.

The LRTA Can be Reached at:

Fixed Route Bus Information (978) 452-6161, 100 Hale Street, Lowell, MA 01851

Road Runner Office (978) 459 – 0152,  113 Thorndike Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Main Admin Office  (978) 459-0164, 115 Thorndike Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Parking Office (978) 459-0164 (ext. 206), 115 Thorndike Street, Lowell, MA 01852

The LRTA provides fixed route bus services and paratransit services to the city and 14 surrounding communities. These connect at the Gallagher Intermodal Center to the Lowell Line of the MBTA commuter rail system, which connects Lowell to Boston. The terminal is also served by several intercity bus lines.

The LRTA offers commuter parking at the Gallager Intermodal Center and at the North Billerica Train Station.

We hope you enjoy riding with us!


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