Benefits Of Getting Around Town

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Getting Around Town Whether it be because they cannot afford it or they are not able to, there are many people in America who cannot drive. Not only are cars expensive but with high gas prices owning one is often times impractical. One economical alternative to driving is taking public transportation. Both the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) and Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MRTA or MART) are two of the transportation authorities in Massachusetts. Like most things, each transit system has its own flaws and attributes The most important aspect of a transit system is its public access. The WRTA has 26 fixed routes, 4 shuttles and paratransit for the elderly and disabled. The WRTA serves Worcester and its nearby towns including Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Webster, and West Boylston with shuttle services for Grafton, Northbridge, Paxton, and Westborough. The WRTA runs full service Monday through Friday with limited service Saturday and Sunday. Like the WRTA, the MRTA has paratransit. However, the MRTA has less fixed routes and shuttles. The MRTA only has 16 fixed routes and 2 shuttles. The fixed routes serve Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Bolton, Boxborough, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hardwick, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Templeton, Westminster and Winchendon, while the shuttles provide transportation to major medical…
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