Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
October/November 2017

MVTMA Fall Municipal Roundtable
Wednesday, November 8th, 9:00-10:30 AM
Join the Merrimack Valley TMA with special guests  Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan and  Planning Director Paul Materazzo for an engaging discussion including:
 An update on the status of a variety of town projects
 Anticipated property/water & sewer tax rates
 Your opportunity to discuss issues that are important to you and your company

Wednesday, November 8 th
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Putnam Investments
7 Shattuck Road, Andover
Please RSVP by November 1 st
Guaranteed Ride Home With Uber 
Have to leave work unexpectedly early to care for a sick child or family member? Unscheduled overtime got you staying late and missing your carpool, bus, or train home? We've got you covered with our new Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program through UBER debuting November 1st.  The Merrimack Valley TMA GRH program provides a free ride home in the event of an emergency or unplanned overtime to member employees/tenants commuting to work at least 2 days per week using an alternative to driving alone.  
Current GRH members will receive an invitation to set up an UBER account with a Merrimack Valley TMA GRH profile or establish a Merrimack Valley TMA profile for their existing UBER account.   Those who are not currently enrolled in the program but would like to join can learn more and register at our website.

Methuen Rotary Reconstruction: New Off-Ramp Now Open!

Methuen Rotary 10.17
I-93 - Methuen Rotary:   With a spring 2018 finish date still on the horizon, the new off-ramp Exit 46B from I-93 northbound is now open! The new exit will allow northbound traffic to access Route 110/113 westbound.  The current northbound Exit 46 will be re-labeled Exit 46A and will provide access to Route 110/113 eastbound only.  This marks a significant milestone in the rotary construction project.   Visit the  Methuen Rotary website  for project updates or sign up to get direct notices..

Greater Boston: MassDOT offers daily traffic advisories for major roadways in greater Boston such as I-90, I-93, I95, The Tobin Bridge, Sumner/Callahan/Williams Tunnels.  Always be in the know about where you want to go! Sign-up to receive daily traffic alerts from MassDOT to your email inbox.
Work Begins to Replace Busy Rt.28 Bridge in Andover
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has started work on a $7 million project to completely replace the Rt.28 bridge that spans commuter railroad tracks in Andover. The project has been broken into two phases so that a portion of the bridge can remain open during reconstruction and limit the impact on residents and commuters. The project is one of the last in MassDOT's accelerated bridge replacement program. Read more

New Zoning Taskforce For Dascomb Road, Andover
At the Andover Town Meeting in May, residents expressed both support and concern for zoning articles that would allow some limited residential development in the Dascomb Road ID2 Zoning District.  Both articles were withdrawn on the floor of Town Meeting and the developer has indicated a desire to move forward with the project under existing zoning.  At the end of September, the Andover Board of Selectmen approved the convening of a task force to facilitate public engagement to identify if housing within the Dascomb Road ID2 district is in the best interest of the Town of Andover.  Learn more about the Dascomb Road Zoning Task Force  and the charge to the task force by the Board of Selectmen.

Congrats to Our Fall NuRide Promo Winners!
We wrapped up our week-long Fall into a NuCommute with Nuride promo with many new members to our NuRide ridematching/trip tracking database.  To thank our participants - the first 20 new member who joined Nuride during the promo week will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card.  Grand prize winner Gerard Font  Raventós, Schneider Electric won a $200 gift card of his choice and first prize winner Nancy Benoit-Melanson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise won a $50 Dunkin Donuts gift card!   Winners were drawn randomly from the names of everyone in our database who logged a trip during the week of Sept. 20th - 27th.  Congratulations to all!

Don't forget - finding a commute buddy, transit connection, shared ride or active commute option and logging your trips has never been easier! Visit our website or  Download the mobile app
HR Professionals: We Want You! 
Join the New MVTMA Transportation Working Group
Has a lack of transportation options prevented talented candidates from accepting a job at your company or perhaps contributed to an employee leaving your business?  Are you looking to recruit interns for Boston/Cambridge-based or local universities but having trouble getting those students to your facility?  The Merrimack Valley TMA is forming an HR working group to discuss and help solve recruitment/retention challenges related to transportation.  We plan to meet 2-3 times a year to identify issues and develop collaborative solutions. We'll have interesting guest speakers from the HR community who have a unique perspective and have had success on solving various transportation-related concerns.  Stay tuned to our website and to your email for details of our first meeting coming soon!
Survey: Access & Mobility
We 're looking to identify solutions for commuting issues to upper Merrimack Valley TMA businesses.  Help us to help you!  Please consider taking our 2 minute, 10 question survey  

We'll be reviewing the results of the survey later this fall to develop recommendations for enhanced transportation resources for commuters to our Merrimack Valley businesses.