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Our History

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) was established on October 11, 1974.  It was one of the original transit authorities created by Chapter 161B if the Massachusetts General Laws.

MVRTA began service in Fiscal Year 1976 in the City of Haverhill and expanded over the next three years to include the City of Lawrence and the Towns of North Andover, Methuen, and Andover.  Ten neighboring communities (Boxford, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Rowley, Amesbury, Newburyport, West Newbury, Salisbury, and Georgetown) have since joined the Authority.  Presently, the communities of Haverhill, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Merrimac, Amesbury, Newburyport, Boxford, Groveland, Salisbury, Georgetown and West Newbury receive service.

On May 1, 2017 the Town of North Reading joined the MVRTA and receives Ring & Ride service.

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