Lowell Mass

Lowell, MA / Manchester, NH - commute via mass transit?

I need to make a fairly regular commute between the two New England cites of Manchester, NH and Lowell, MA, but I don't have a car or access to a car. Is there some kind of a mass transit solution (bus, train, flying horses, reindeer-drawn-sleigh, whatever) for this commute? (I can't seem to find one, but instinct says there must be something I'm missing...)

It's the classic "you can't get there from here." Everything either goes in/out of Boston or locally around a city. The distance is only 40 miles but it's a tough 40 miles by public transit. (Crossing a state line is a big part of the problem.)

The best mass transit option: Take the Lowell MBTA train to Woburn/Anderson, then Flightline (http://www.flightlineinc.com/mhtwoburn.html ) to Manchester airport, then MTA http://www.mtabus.org/ to where ever in Manchester. Probably take 2+ hours each way.

I agree with Melissa E that carpooling is the best way. If you are working in one of the cities, see if your HR department has ideas. If you are going to school, see if there's a ride board. Otherwise, use Craigslist or google Rideshare or Carpool for some other options. Some places to start:

http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/approvals/ridesh02.htm

http://www.nh.gov/dot/nhrideshare/

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