Lowell Regional Transit Authority

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

Fare Information

Fixed Bus Route Fare Rates

City / Local / Shuttle

Full Fare $1.25
Reduced Fare $0.60


Full Fare $1.85
Reduced Fare $0.90


Request Transfer Before Paying

  • Issued on Inbound Routes Only
  • Accepted on Outbound Routes Only
  • FREE to the Downtown Shuttle Outbound
  • FREE from the Downtown Shuttle Inbound to Local Routes


Full Fare $0.25
Reduced Fare $0.10


Full Fare $0.50
Reduced Fare $0.25

LRTA Monthly Passes Stored on Your CharlieCard

Ride Systemwide Unlimited

Adult Pass for Adult CharlieCard $44.00
Student Pass for Student CharlieCard $25.00
Senior Pass for Senior CharlieCard $25.00
Persons with Disabilities Pass for Persons with Disabilities/TAP CharlieCard $25.00

CharlieCard Information
Stored Value Minimum First Time Purchase: $5

Registration Fee for Senior CharlieCards and
CharlieCards for Persons with Disabilities: $5 


Fare Categories

Full Fare – Persons from 13 to 59 years of age

Students: Elementary, Middle and High School students up to and including Grade 12 can purchase an LRTA Monthly Pass at a discounted rate. Students without the LRTA Monthly Pass pay Full Fare

Reduced Fare

-Senior Citizens 60 years of age or older with I.D.

-Persons with Disabilities with Statewide Transportation Access Pass (TAP) or Medicare Card.

-Children from 6 to 12 years of age.

-Children 5 and under ride free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Where to Get Your New Charlie Card
& Purchase LRTA Monthly Passes

You must be issued a CharlieCard before you can purchase any LRTA Monthly Passes.

LRTA Gallagher Terminal (115 Thorndike Street, Lowell)
All LRTA Monthly Passes can be purchased on the last 5 days of each month until the 18th day of the following month at the following locations:

Ticket Vending Machine (Inside Lobby)
Also Issues Adult CharlieCards.

Rider Information Booth (Kennedy Center)
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 4 PM
Extended Hours last 2 and first 2 business days of each month­:
Monday – Friday: 6 AM to 6 PM

Also Issues Adult & Student CharlieCards. To Get Your Student CharlieCard bring a valid Student ID or Class Schedule from your school.

Lowell High School Cafeteria
LHS Students can go to the LHS Cafeteria the last and first school day of each month
from 10:40 AM to 1:40 PM during the school year.
Issues Student CharlieCards and Purchase Student Passes

LRTA Road Runner Office (978-459-0152)
113 Thorndike Street, Lowell (Located next to the Kennedy Center)
Monday – Friday: 9 AM to 4 PM
Only Issues Senior CharlieCards & CharlieCards for Persons with Disabilities/TAP.
Monthly Passes cannot be purchased at this location.

To Get Your Senior CharlieCard:

  • Bring Photo ID that includes Date of Birth (Must be 60+ years)
  • Must Fill Out an Application.
  • Senior CharlieCard Registration Fee: $5  

To Get Your CharlieCard for Persons with Disabilites/Transportation Access Pass (TAP):

  • First time applicants for the TAP ID, or applicants with expired TAP ID Cards need to fill out an application. Click Here to Download the Transportation Access Pass (TAP) CharlieCard Application.
  • The LRTA will process your application within 14 days of receipt.
  • Once approved , you will need to bring a photo ID to the Road Runner Office.
    Free round-trip 
    transportation will be provided to you for this process.

  • CharlieCard Registration Fee: $5  

Paratransit (Roadrunner)


In-Town $2.00
Travel between Communities $3.00
Boston Area Medical Facilities (Wednesdays) $25.00
Bedford Veterans Administration Facility (Wednesdays) $12.50

Rider Value Purchase:

Purchase 10, $2.00 “Ticket-to-Ride” cards, riders will receive a 20 percent discount at the time of purchase. Frequent rider will get a $20 value for $16.

Purchase 10, $3.00 “Ticket-to-Ride” cards, riders will receive a 20 percent discount at the time of purchase. Frequent rider will get a $30 value for $24. 

Road Runner will not accept personal checks under $20.

Road Runner does not make change; exact fare is required for each trip.

For Paratransit questions, please call (978) 459-0152


Gallagher Intermodal Parking Garage (Thorndike St., Lowell)

Daily $8.00  (Cash only)
Overnight $16.00 (Cash only)
Monthly $65.00 (effective 7/2/2018)

Parking at North Billerica Train Station

Daily $4.00
Billerica Residents $2.00


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