Lawrence eliminates fares on 3 bus routes

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IN A BID TO BOOST public transit ridership, Lawrence on Monday started allowing residents to ride three downtown bus routes for free.

The city is providing $225,000 to the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority to offset the fare losses from the bus routes for the next two years. The routes – 34, 37, and 85 – are three of the busiest in Lawrence, with stops including Lawrence General Hospital, the technical school, the senior center, the industrial park, and the Essex Street business district. The route of the 37 bus extends slightly into Andover, serving some hotels there.

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