Seniors participating in an MTA outreach event in Hooksett.
MTA Outreach in Hooksett

The Manchester Transit Authority (MTA) was established by the State of New Hampshire on May 1, 1973. The MTA operates Fixed Route, StepSaver, Demand Response (Goffstown, Hooksett and New Boston), CART Demand Response Service, and student transportation for the City of Manchester. MTA’s bus service travels throughout Manchester, providing connections to Nashua and Concord for commuters.

The Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART) was established by the State of New Hampshire on August 14, 2005. It is a public transportation system serving the towns of Chester, Derry, Hampstead, Londonderry and Salem (with limited service to Plaistow and Windham also available).

CART merged with the MTA on September 30, 2019 in order to provide long-term staffing and organizational stability and gain the efficiencies of working with a larger organization. CART will retain its identity and service structure, working with MTA and Easterseals New Hampshire staff to ensure a smooth transition for riders. The CART Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each CART member community, including Derry, Salem, Londonderry, Hampstead and Chester. It will continue to function as a committee of the MTA Board, and will have authority over all local and Federal funds that support CART and all decisions regarding CART service.

A group of happy seniors on the bus

MTA Short Range Transit Plan

The Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) provides a five-year program for the continuing development of the MTA’s fixed-route bus and ADA complementary paratransit services. The document has been designed to provide MTA and SNHPC with the necessary information to review all aspects of operation. The SNHPC Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) includes funding for updates to the SRTP and the work is completed according to a September 26, 1995 agreement between SNHPC and MTA to maintain and update the SRTP. The SRTP includes a description and evaluation of existing transit service and formulates recommendations. The recommendations included in the SRTP will be re-assessed during the each subsequent version of the Plan.

SNHPC staff assisted MTA by writing the FY2018-2022 SRTP; it was adopted by the MTA Commission on August 29, 2017.

The SRTP update process began in July 2022 with an anticipated completion date of December 2022.

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