A strong transportation network provides alternatives to single occupancy automobile usage for moving people efficiently throughout the region. In the Northern Middlesex region, the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) provides fixed route bus service in Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, and Westford. The LRTA also provides paratransit service for elderly and disabled passengers throughout the region.
The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) is engaged in all aspects of transit planning within the region through contracts with MassDOT and the Lowell Regional Transit Authority. The NMCOG transit planning staff maintains data and is responsible for compiling information to meet FTA reporting requirements for both fixed route and paratransit operations. Additionally, project-specific planning initiatives include the safety and security program, drug and alcohol program, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program, National Transit Database (NTD) program, and other transit initiatives.
NMCOG transit planning staff coordinates with other transit services within the state, including the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA), Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART), Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) commuter rail, Boston Express, Peter Pan Bus and most recently, the UMass Lowell Roadster bus service. Transit planning documents include: