President's News & Notes
From Chapter President Eve Stokes
Never a Dull Moment ...
It's been another busy year for the ACT Patriot Chapter, which continues to be a vibrant and growing chapter with many accomplished members! Thanks to all who planned, presented, and participated in the "State of the New England Commute" themed activities this year. And, Congratulations! to all of our 2016 ACT National award nominees and winners, our chapter scholarship recipients, and our member-affiliated milestones, like ABC TMA's 20th Anniversary.
As the "State of the New England Commute" theme continues for 2017, plans for our bi-annual chapter conference have begun. If you're interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Sandy Thibault (email@example.com) or Ed Perzanowski (ed.perzanowski@CTrides.com) - the more the merrier! For members who are unable to attend events in person, we'll be checking out call-in, real-time video, and presentation library options. To help us meet your needs for the coming year, please be sure to complete the online member survey.
Last, but not least, thank you for being an advocate for commuter transportation and TDM throughout New England. Let's continue to build on best practices, share our opportunities, challenges, and experiences, and strive for energy independence, improved air quality, sustainability, urban mobility, and congestion reduction in 2017. Until then ...
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!
ACT Public Policy Summit
April 19-21, Washington, DC
The Public Policy Summit engages ACT members and representatives of the broader TDM and Mobility-on-Demand community in important conversations around policy issues involving regulations and legislation that are critical to the support of transportation demand management strategies and increasing the use of transportation options. This exciting and engaging event is an opportunity to learn, shape, and be heard. ACT is ready to build off its recent success in the FAST Act and the passage of permanent transit benefit parity. It also provides attendees an opportunity to meet directly with policymakers and elected leaders to show the positive impact that our programs and organizations have on individual commuters, employers, and our communities.
The event will focus on polices at all levels of government, from learning about and helping shape Federal regulations down to learning about local ordinances that promote TDM and Mobility on Demand.
2016 Chapter Events Recap
Something for Everyone
The kick-off "The State of the New England Commute" presentation was hosted by the ABC TMA in Boston on June 29. Speakers included Tom Yardley of Nelson Nygaard, Meghan Houdlette of VHB, Anna Stokes of Millone & MacBroom, and our event sponsor, Jodie Hollister of VRide.
Summer: Our Patriot Chapter summer meeting was held concurrently with the ACT International Conference in Portland Oregon on August 1. Thanks to all who attended, including our two scholarship recipients: Mary Daly and Julia Prange Wallerce.
Autumn: The Patriot Chapter hosted the inaugural ACT TDM Forum's Welcome Reception at the Back Bay Social Club on October 10 with great food and relaxed networking. "The State of New England Commuter Toolboxes" was held concurrently with the ACT TDM Forum in Boston on October 12. Featured speakers were Phil Winters of CUTR, Diane Hanson and Ulla Hester representing MassRIDES, Anne Rugg of commuteSMARTseacoast, Rebecca Grover of GO Maine, Jim Gasciogne of Charles River TMA, and Ed Perzanowski of CTrides, who also facilitated the event.
Winter: "The State of New England Commuter Mobility and Benefits" event was held at MassDOT on December 6 with featured speakers Jackie DeWolfe, MassDOT Director of Sustainable Mobility, Parrish Polk of Commuter Benefit Solutions by Edenred, Melissa Zampitella of A Better City TMA, and Ben Hammer of Harvard University. And, of course, a Holiday Happy Hour at the Rock Bottom Brewery.
News from vRide
vRide Awarded RIPTA Commuter Vanpool Contract
On September 26, 2016 at the RIPTA Board of Directors Meeting in Providence, RI, a contract was awarded to vRride in response to RFP 16-31 Commuter Vanpool Services Contract. The contract will provide eligible vanpool groups with a monthly subsidy of $300 per month per van group. To be eligible the group must either travel to or from RI for their daily work commute. Currently, there are already 60 existing vanpool routes that have been identified to be eligible for the subsidy starting on day one and both entities plan to grow the program over the next 5 years.
The program officially begins on January 1, 2017. If you have questions about the RIPTA vanpool program or know people who would like to be involved, please contact Jodie Hollister, 781-287-9092,
News from MassCommute
2017 Clean Air Challenge in Partnership with MassRIDES
Over 50,000 commuters took part in the 2017 Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge, hosted in partnership between MassCommute (the statewide coalition of TMAs), MassRIDES and MassDOT. The MACAC is a week-long celebration and promotion of active and healthy transportation choices, inspired by World Car-Free Day and offering daily rewards and incentives as well as opportunities to share photos and videos of trips taken by transit, carpool/vanpool, walking or biking. This year, the Challenge resulted in the reduction of 245.4 tons of CO2 and 44,457 car trips as well as 552,168 fewer vehicle miles traveled. Check out
for more info and pics.
News from CommuteSMARTSeacoast
CommuteSMARTSeacoast Launches "Conquer the Cold" Commuter Challenge
The Conquer the Cold Commuter Challenge is off to a roaring start with 101 smart commuters logging over 800 trips so far. Anyone can participate who walks, bikes, or takes the bus to work. Modes to date are evenly divided between the three options.
The challenge mascot is a funny/scary Yeti (or "Abominable snowman") who has added a fun factor to the Challenge. He was recently named "Scarf" in a "Name the Yeti" contest and has been busy visiting Portsmouth area businesses in a scavenger hunt!
News from Allston Brighton & A Better City TMAs
2016 marked the 20th anniversary for A Bette
r City TMA as a transportation advocate and re
source for businesses and commuters alike in Boston. In 1996, ABC TM
A began operating in Boston's financial district wi
th only six
members. Today, the TMA has grown to 55 members, serving over 100,000 employees in downtown, Back Bay, Fenway, and Kenmore
Square. The anniversary was celebrated with a special
event at Tico for all our members, partners, and friends.
NEW MEMBERS & GROWTH
Both A Better City and Allston Brighton TMA experienced growth in membership this year. Most recently, we were pleased to welcome Boston Landing, which includes the New Balance headquarters in Brighton as a member of the Allston Brighton TMA. Both TMAs saw growth of 49% in our commuter programs registrations.
Allston Brighton TMA improved upon the user experience for our members and program participants by creating its own website independent from the A Better
City TMA. This new website allows us to customize marketing for the All
ston Brighton participants and to better track program metrics.
News from CATMA
Way To Go! Commuter Challenge
In its 13th year the Way To Go! Commuter Challenge in the state of Vermont had a record-breaking year with over 10,800 business, individual and student participants. CATMA is very proud of our business membership for leading the states challenge with 1,115 participants and saving 119,659 lbs of carbon pollution during the two week challenge. We'd like to extend a special congratulations to members at Champlain College, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont, Seventh Generation and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission for winning leadership awards this year! Way To Go!
News from Upper Valley TMA
Real-Time Transit Data in the Upper Valley
The Upper Valley TMA (White River Junction, VT) received support from the High Meadows Fund to implement a major marketing campaign around Advance Transit's real-time smart phone app. The project aims to test different outreach strategies that spur adoption of advanced passenger information systems in rural and small town markets, as well as provide guidance on how small transit agencies can use user-generated data for transit planning.
Stacey King will be joining our team on December 12th as the new Harvard CommuterChoice Program Administrator.
Ellen Gustavson recently joined the Charles River TMA as the new Program and Communications Coordinator.
Stay in Touch in 2017
In addition to meetings and events, how do you get your chapter news? Quarterly Patriot Chapter newsletters - yup. The national ACT Connections Newsletter, which featured the Patriot Chapter's "State of the New England Commute" this summer - yup. The ACT Patriot Chapter Facebook page offers more up-to-date information - yup. So, how can you stay in touch? It's simple ...
1. Like and Follow the ACT Patriot Chapter Facebook page. Please share and comment on posts, too. To have your event, news, or transportation tidbits posted, send info to Becca Cyr,firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. Share your events, accomplishments, and personnel news with all chapter members in our quarterly newsletter by sending it to Patrick Sullivan, email@example.com .
3. As we close the year, we want YOUR feedback to continue making the ACT Patriot Chapter the best ACT chapter out there. Please take 30 seconds to fill out our online survey, so we can keep improving going forward! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/patriotchapter2016
ACT Legislative Conference
April 19-21, Washington DC
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Eve Stokes, President
Sandy Thibault, Vice-President
Chittenden Area TMA, Burlington, VT
Ben Hammer, Treasurer
CommuterChoice at Harvard
Ed Perzanowski, Secretary
Chapter Representative to ACT Board of Directors
Patrick Sullivan, Immediate Past President