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BM5 via Woodhaven

Transit Views from Massachusetts, Part 1

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I went a few weeks ago with other family members to the Boston area. It wasn't such a long trip, so I didn't get to explore as much as I wanted to.

 

All Buses arrive at Boston South Station. 

 

27769393980_faf7c9f02d_b.jpg2013 MCI D4500CT 7760 operating for Peter Pan Lines at Boston South Station by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

Here's some other pictures of buses in the Boston area

 

27436113333_e6c678c36b_b.jpg2004 NABI-40LFW CNG 2265 on the 11 (MBTA) at Atlantic Avenue/Essex Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

28050155425_916f94239e_b.jpg2004 Neoplan US AN440LF 448 on the 553 (MBTA) at Federal Street/Franklin Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27972750081_513ca10c2f_b.jpg2004 NABI-40LFW CNG 2248 on the 7 (MBTA) at Federal Street/Franklin Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

We went to North Station to catch a train. It wasn't an easy walk, since it was pretty hot. 

 

Here's some shots for the commuter on my way towards Lowell.

 

27947777852_1b0fcf2bae_b.jpg1989 Bombardier CTC-1B 1636 operating for MBTA Commuter Rail at Boston North Station by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27947777452_0c9b70a18b_b.jpg1975 General Motors Diesel GP40MC 1132 Not In Service by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

Lowell is a city situated along the Merrimack River, about 30 miles north of Boston. The Lowell line ends at the Lowell Train Station, which serves as an intermodal facility. Intercity buses stop once or twice a day, as well as several regional transit authorities. The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) provides service within the city of Lowell and in the suburbs. Most routes run weekdays from about 5:45 AM to 9:30 PM. On Saturdays, several routes are combined into one route in order to serve areas adequately. Service runs from 7 AM to about 7:15 PM. There's no bus service on Sundays. If you need the bus, you're outta luck, because it sucks to rely on the bus up there (It was impossible to do so in the first place). LRTA operates 18 bus routes, from 1-18. The 18 is the only route which does not have any number on the destination sign, just DOWNTOWN, and then SHUTTLE.

 

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority operates a bus route from nearby Lawrence, to Lowell. Service operates everyday. However, within Middlesex County (which is the span of the LRTA service area), the bus operates on a closed-door policy, similar to NICE buses in Queens. Once again, if you live in the LRTA area, you're screwed during evenings and Sundays. 

 

Here's some pictures from Lowell:

 

28062171015_cd69893e95_b.jpg2008 Gillig LF 35' 809 on the 18 (LRTA) at Dutton Street/Merrimack Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27781694810_cae02e5049_b.jpg2008 Gillg LF HEV 35' 814 on the 1 (LRTA) at Dutton Street/Market Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27985119671_2267da685d_b.jpg2015 Ford F-450 Coach and Equipment Phoenix 1509 on the 18 (LRTA) at Merrimack Street/John Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

28062180875_bf4666a29d_b.jpg2008 Gillig LF 35' 807 on the 1 (LRTA) at Merrimack Street/Palmer Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

28062179775_7bb075ded3_b.jpg2015 Ford F-450 Coach and Equipment Phoenix 1512 on the 6 (LRTA) at Dutton Street/Merrimack Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27781691650_c0227dab75_b.jpg2005 Gillig LF 29' 509 on the 7 (LRTA) at Merrimack Street/Dutton Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27781691100_119a0d92e7_b.jpg2009 Gillg LF HEV 35' 902 on the 41 (MVRTA) at Middlesex Street/Gorham Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

28062179215_56610424e7_b.jpg2008 Gillig LF 35' 807 on the 1 (LRTA) at Arcand Drive/Father Morrissette Blvd by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27448134823_15a96b7ed2_b.jpg2005 Gillig LF 29' 511 on the 8 (LRTA) at Dutton Street/Merrimack Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

28062182925_b1a69d31f4_b.jpg2005 Gillig LF 29' 509 on the 1 (LRTA) at Dutton Street/Market St by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27448132963_503d0bee6e_b.jpg2007 Gillig LF 35' 703 on the 7 (LRTA) at Duton Street/Merrimack Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27448614364_c2b0fb8eb7_b.jpg2015 Ford F-450 Coach and Equipment Phoenix 1509 on the 18 (LRTA) at Merrimack Street/Palmer Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27781701340_9f0d0b8486_b.jpg2008 Gillig LF 35' 811 on the 7 (LRTA) at Duton Street/Market Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27448123183_3654ace375_b.jpg2007 Gillig LF 35' 703 on the 10 (LRTA) at Duton Street/Merrimack Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27985175591_b59aa52254_b.jpg2007 Gillig LF 35' 712 on the 8 (LRTA) at Merrimack Street/Arcand Drive by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

28062172465_9c55a3299c_b.jpg2013 Ford F-450 Starcraft Allstar 1301 on the 8 (LRTA) at Merrimack Street/Central Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

I managed to get around the Lowell Trolley Museum, but I did not take the trolley tours due to a lack of time. They have Boston and Main Locomotive which they managed to overhaul after being left abandoned for some time. The National Park Service operates the trolley.

 

27448125433_f07787a6ba_b.jpgBoston and Maine Railroad Switcher Locomotive 410 at National Streetcar Museum by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27448619344_92f1b3d26e_b.jpgBoston and Maine Railroad Switcher Locomotive 410 at National Streetcar Museum by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27448616174_a327214ddf_b.jpgNational Park Service trolley 1601 at Dutton Street/Market Street by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

27985104181_ae621c16c3_b.jpgNational Park Service trolley 1601 at Lowell Trolley Museum by BM5 via Woodhaven, on Flickr

 

Well, this is the end of Part 1. I expect to post Part 2 up soon. Be on the look out for it.

 

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