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About the Nantucket Regional Tranist Authority

The Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA) was created by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 161B in 1993, although operations did not begin until 1995.  The NRTA is a body politic and corporate and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The affairs of the Authority are handled by the Administrator appointed by the Advisory Board.  The Administrator of the NRTA is Paula Leary.

The NRTA began providing seasonal fixed route service in 1995 and year round demand response service in 2001. Year round service began in the spring of 2018. Currently the NRTA owns 19 fixed route and four demand response vehicles.

Per statute, the NRTA contracts with a private contractor, VTS of MA, Inc. for the operations and management of its fixed route and demand response public transit services. 

The NRTA provides island wide seasonal fixed route public transit service, The Wave - connecting Madaket, Siasconset (Sconset), the Mid-Island area, Nantucket Memorial Airport, Surfside and Jetties Beaches and points in between to and from downtown Nantucket.  Demand Response service, Your Island Ride, is provided weekdays, year round to eligible seniors 65 years of age and older and individuals with disabilities.

Funding sources for the NRTA include local assessment, state contract assistance and federal operating assistance.  Capital funding is provided through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation through its RTACap Program, from time to time capital funds from Federal Programs are available to the NRTA.  Additional sources of funding include, transportation revenues (fares, pass sales and brokerage services), and advertising.

The NRTA and VTS of MA, Inc. are proud to service the community of Nantucket.
The Wave • Nantucket Regional Transit Authority • 20-R S. Water Street • Nantucket, MA 02554 • 508.228.7025