NOTE: If you're looking for information about our on-campus shuttle system, the River Hawk Roadster, follow the links to the Shuttle services in the navigation bar on the left. The information below is about the public transit agencies in the area which are not affiliated with the university.
There is one central transit terminal in Lowell for the LRTA, MBTA, and MVRTA . The bus side of the terminal is called Kennedy Center, while the train side of the terminal is called Gallagher Terminal. There is a parking garage on site which has sheltered bicycle racks. All of the bus systems listed below arrive and depart at Kennedy Center. You can see the location of the transit terminal on this Google Map.
All three public transit agencies are integrated with Google Maps. There you can get detailed directions and maps based on either desired departure or arrival time.
The LRTA and the MVRTA both use the CharlieCard to pay for rides and store monthly passes. You can get an unloaded CharlieCard for free at the UCAPS at South Dining or at the Kennedy Center Terminal. The CharlieCard stores value which can be used to pay by the ride on the LRTA, MVRTA, and MBTA subways and buses in Boston (but not the commuter rail, see below).
To the train station and getting around Lowell
You can flag down a bus or be dropped off anywhere along the route where it is safe to do so – just ask the driver to stop, or wave when you see the bus coming.
- The LRTA bus system provides service at each of the UMass Lowell campuses by routes 6, 7, and 9, as well as service to numerous other locations throughout the greater Lowell area, including Burlington Mall (Route 14), Drum Hill Shopping Plaza (Route 5), Stadium Plaza Shopping Center (Route 12), Brunswick Zone Bowling (Route 7), and Showcase Cinemas Lowell (Route 16).
Full schedules and routes are available on the LRTA's website. A timetable is also available for download to help you to coordinate LRTA routes and the commuter rail.
Boston and points between Lowell and Boston
- The MBTA Commuter Rail offers regular service from Lowell’s Gallagher Terminal to Boston’s North Station and numerous points in-between. Tickets must be paid for in cash at Gallagher Terminal prior to boarding or they will be subject to an on-board surcharge. The MBTA plans to implement cell phone ticketing in Fall of 2012. Visit the MBTA's website for additional information.
If you need a ride to or from Gallagher Terminal when the LRTA is not operating, you may call 978-934-2222 for the River Hawk Roadster Silver Line for on-call service. Visit the Silver Line webpage for more information. The River Hawk Roadster does not serve Gallagher Terminal during LRTA operating hours.
Lawrence, Methuen, and points east
- The MVRTA Bus System provides service from Lowell’s Kennedy Bus Terminal to downtown Lawrence via Route 41, which connects at Kennedy Center. The bus departs Lawrence from the Buckley Transportation Center (which can be found on this Google map) and from Merrimack Plaza in Methuen.
When traveling to Lowell, you can get off the bus before it reaches Kennedy Center, at a designated stop at Middlesex Street, walk a couple of blocks to the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, and then take a River Hawk Roadster shuttle to your destination. When leaving Lowell, you must board the Route 41 bus at Kennedy Center, as it does not stop anywhere in Lowell on its way to Lawrence. You can reach Kennedy Center on the LRTA - see above.
You can flag down a bus or be dropped off outside of Lowell, anywhere along the route where it is safe to do so, just like the LRTA, except in designated "no-stop" zones, which are shown on the Route 41 Official Route Map. Note that all of Lowell is a designated "no-stop" zone, so you should only plan on taking advantage of flag-down service on portions of the bus route east of Lowell. Visit the MVRTA website for schedules and information.
Taxi, Livery, and Shuttle Service