January-February 2018
Save the Date: MA ECO Awards 4/18/18

2018 ECO Awards
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
State Street Pavilion, Fenway Park

Join  MassCommuteMassRIDES and MassDOT at the 8th annual Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards. The annual event, hosted at historic Fenway Park, recognizes companies for their outstanding achievements and efforts in supporting green and active transportation in the Commonwealth.

The nomination survey and RSVP information will follow in the coming weeks, and will be sent via email to our member contacts at each company. All TMA/TMO members employers and MassRIDES partners are eligible for nomination!
Introducing Bay State Commute: The New NuRide
Massachusetts' commuter resource and reward program, formerly NuRide, is now  Bay State Commute! Join over 44,000 Bay State commuters who are using this free program (and app) to find rideshare buddies, join a vanpool, plan a transit or bike/walk commute & more, while earning great rewards at local businesses.  

Join today and  download the app (iOS only)
Winter's Here! Commute Tips to Keep You Moving
Don't let winter weather keep you from getting where you need to go - whether on two wheels or four! Biking to work through the winter needn't be reserved for the heartiest among us. Here are a few quick tips to keep you rolling all winter long:

1.  Invest in thick mittens, socks & boots
2.  Dress in layers, focusing on hands, head, and toes
3.  Install fenders to avoid the splash
4.  Wear a thin, wind proof hat under your helmet
5.  Wear reflective clothing and bright lights  

And when you're driving in winter weather,  take this advice from AAA: 
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. 
  • Drive slowly. 
  • Know your brakes. 
  • Don't stop if you can avoid it. 
  • Don't power up hills. 
  • Don't stop going up a hill.

It Pays to Commute Green! Congrats Holiday Promo Winners

Gregory Retros from Pfizer was the lucky winner of the Junction TMO's  2017  Holiday Promotion! Gregory was rewarded for signing up for our  new Guaranteed Ride Home program with Uber with a free round trip ride. All TMA member employees who commute via carpool, public transit, bike or other alternative to driving alone at least 2 days per week are eligible to participate in the  Guaranteed Ride Home program!

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 our website  or  Download the NuRide mobile app

Coming Soon: Automated, Cashless MBTA Fare Technology

The MBTA recently announced that its new fare payment system - known as  AFC 2.0, will make paying for transit easier and more convenient. With AFC 2.0, you'll be able to tap and board at any door with a fare card, smartphone, or contactless credit card. Reload using cash or credit card at vending machines at all stations and some bus stops, or go online to manage your account 24 hours a day. 

While Charlie Cards will no longer be accepted, the T expects to keep the Charlie theme when it introduces the new system in the next few years.  More