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Getting Around Town is Easy in Worcester, MA

From planes, trains and automobiles, residents and companies have access to a robust transportation network in the Worcester area.

By Kevin Litwin on December 12, 2022

Worcester MA Public Transportation station

It’s easy to get to and get around the Worcester region, with five interstates and two state routes among its infrastructure assets.

A prime location in the middle of Massachusetts puts residents within an hour’s drive of major cities like Boston, Springfield and Providence, Rhode Island.

For companies that ship cargo by rail, Worcester is the headquarters of the Providence & Worcester Class II railroad that serves companies throughout southern New England.

Commuters can also ride the rails by boarding passenger trains at Union Station, including a Framingham/Worcester Line that stops at 17 stations between Worcester and Boston. UnionStation also serves as an Amtrak stop from Boston to Chicago.

For bus travelers, Union Station terminal is also home to Greyhound Lines, Peter Pan Bus Lines and a WRTA (Worcester Regional Transit Authority) Hub that serves city residents. In addition, WRTA is offering fare-free travel throughout 2022. 

Exterior of a train in Worcester, MA.
Jason Ouellet

Spreading Their Wings

Another quality-of-life transportation asset for residents is Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), which has service from carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue and flights to New York City and Fort Lauderdale. In 2022, a new capital enhancement plan was announced at the airport, highlighted by upgrades to the main 7,000-foot runway.

As airports continue to rebound after COVID-19, Worcester Regional officials say the airport could soon see an economic impact of nearly $100 million annually. In 2019, before the pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation estimated that the economic effects of ORH was $96.7 million.

Worcester Regional has three on-site car rental companies, six passenger gates, can accommodate up to 250,000 passengers a year, and the airport employs 300 people.

Want to know more?

To learn more about the Worcester area, check out the latest edition of Livability Worcester, MA

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