Regional Transit Authority Facts

PVTA_union_station.jpgMassachusetts has fifteen Regional Transit Authorities providing local bus service throughout the Commonwealth, with more than 34 million rides in 2016. RTAs run bus service on fixed routes, along with "demand response" (on-demand service for seniors and people with disabilities), and other services like commuter shuttles. All RTAs were established by the State Legislature, and are funded by rider fares, advertising, local government, federal grants and, critically, state assistance.

The 2013 Transportation Finance Act required all RTAs to provide a Comprehensive Services Assessment with a plan to better serve the needs of their regions. These plans were completed between 2014 and 2016. This Act also proposed regular funding increases to RTAs from the Commonwealth Transportation Fund of 2.5% per year. Funding has been level for the past four years, but for FY 2019 has increased to a base of $82 million, with $6 million authorized subject to agreements between individual RTAs and MassDOT, and to the recommendations of a new Task Force on RTA Performance and Funding.

Regional Transit Authority Annual Riders (2016)   Service Plan
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)  547,597   2016 Regional Transportation Plan
Brockton Regional Transit Authority (BAT)  3,036,299   2015 Regional Transportation Plan
Cape Ann Transit Authority (CATA) 216,231   June 2015 Regional Transit Plan
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) 1,292,452   December 2015 Final CSA
Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) 166,680   August 2015 Regional Transit Plan
Greater Attleboro Taunton Transit Authority (GATRA) 1,121,512   Sept. 2015 Regional Transit Plan
Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) 1,624,959   Sept. 2015 Regional Transit Plan Recommendations
Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) 1,379,948   October 2015 Regional Transit Plan
Merrimack Valley Transit Authority (MVRTA) 2,419,958   June 2015 Final CSA
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) 706,374   December 2015 Final CSA
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) 1,101,875   August 2015 Regional Transit Plan
Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA) 300,459   June 2015 Regional Transit Plan
Pioneer Valley Regional Transit Authority (PVTA) 13,384,555   June 2014 Final CSA
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) 2,793,139   November 2014 Final CSA
Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) 4,240,488   June 2015 Final CSA

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