The MWRTA can help get you where you want to go.

‘Go where you want to go’


The MWRTA can help get you where you want to go.
You have places to go. The MWRTA can help you get there. (Photo/Courtesy)

REGION – Are you looking for an affordable, easy way to get around the MetroWest area?

The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) can help. The organization – formed in 2006 to serve the 32 towns in the I-495-MetroWest corridor – runs busses, shuttles and vans to dozens of destinations throughout Central Massachusetts. With roughly 20 fixed routes, and myriad other programs and shuttles, one thing is clear: The MWRTA can get you where you want to go.

“Public transit is huge. We can connect you to the MBTA – from there, you can go into Boston or Worcester. You can go to a game, to a show, or commute to work. You don’t have to drive into Boston and get stuck in traffic and sit there angrily. It’s a lot less expensive as well. You don’t have to worry about parking, you don’t have to worry about getting to your car and getting gas. You can just use the MWRTA and go where you want to go,” MWRTA Director of Fixed Route, Intermodal and Marketing Emily VanDewoestine said.

The MWRTA gives MetroWest residents the flexibility and freedom to travel throughout the region, including Framingham, Natick, Hopkinton, Ashland, Wellesley, and, of course, Marlborough and Hudson. VanDewoestine said that locals, including many transit-dependent users, use the service to get to supermarkets, offices, the mall, the park, the movie theater and much more. The MWRTA is reliable and significantly cheaper than possible alternatives – an adult ticket on a fixed route clocks in at $1.50 cash.

“We’re very reliable and we’re only striving to do better,” VanDewoestine told the Community Advocate. “We really want to hear more from the community on what we could be doing better to make service better for them. We want to hear feedback from existing riders, but also from people who don’t ride the services and don’t know anything about it – we want to know how we can help them.”

In 2022, the MWRTA, with the support of Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow), started a service of particular interest to Hudson residents, with some areas of Marlborough included. CatchConnect, a curb-to-curb micro-transit service, brings public transit to every area in Hudson. With the MWRTA’s CATCH app, customers can get almost on-demand transit service from any Hudson address.

“CatchConnect is really nice, specifically for Hudson residents. It’s the public-transit version of Uber or Lyft is what we call it. It’s very flexible, but it still offers public transportation: It’s a shared-ride service, it will get you where you need to go, but it’s not an individual ride. People can make an account, go in, put in their address in Hudson, put in where they want to go, and the next available vehicle will come pick them up at their door and take them where they want to go,” said VanDewoestine.

Plus, the MWRTA is for everyone. The service offers 65-plus residents reduced fares on the authority’s ADA-accessible vehicles, giving people who may not be able to reliably drive the freedom to independently move around the state. Children and active-duty servicemembers ride free, and the TryTransit promotion allows people to try the service for free through June 30.

The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) can be found at For more information, please contact the MWRTA office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except for holidays), at 508-935-2222.

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