April/May 2018
MBTA's Silver Line 3 (SL3) Connects to Newburyport/Rockport Rail Service - Starting 4/21
The Silver Line will open a new leg of service beginning April 21st. The service, known as Silver Line 3(SL3) includes 4 new stations in Chelsea & East Boston and will provide a direct connection between these communities, Logan Airport, the Seaport District in Boston, and South Station via 60-foot articulated buses traversing dedicated bus-only lanes in Chelsea and by way of the Coughlin Bypass in East Boston.  

For residents and employees commuting between the North Shore, Logan Airport, the Seaport, and/or South Station, the service will provide a 2-seat trip connecting the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line's Bellingham Station/Chelsea stop with the SL3. 

Learn more about this great new service connecting the North  Shore and Boston!

Hey SSU!  Celebrate Earth Day, Win $100

Salem State University will celebrate Earth Day this year with a jam-packed week of events highlighting this year's theme "State of Nature: Past, Present - and Future?".  According to the SSU Earth Days website, the theme "seeks to bring attention to the imminent threats that the natural world faces from climate change, deregulation, environmental degradation and habitat loss."

Considering that mobile source emissions are a leading contributor to climate change, the NSTMA is challenging all members of the SSU community to participate in the SSU Sustainable Commute Challenge by taking green trips during SSU Earth Days (April 9th - April 13th). To participate in the SSU Sustainable Commute Challenge  take as many trips as possible using an alternative to driving alone ( carpooling, biking, walking, public transit, or teleworking)  during Earth Days Week and log these trips in  Bay State Commute . The person who posts the most trips to  Bay State Commute during the week will receive a $100 gift card!

New  Local Challenge for Bike Week 2018: 5/12-5/20
The North Shore TMA is going all out this year to get people off their couches, out of their cars, and onto a bike during National Bike Week. To make that happen we're sponsoring both a North Shore Community Bike Challenge and our annual North Shore TMA Corporate Bike Challenge in cooperation with the 2018 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC).

The North Shore Community Bike Challenge aims to encourage residents of all ages in our member communities of Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, and Salem to take as many trips as possible by bike during
Bay State Bike Week (May 12th - May 20th)The TMA will donate $5 per person to a bike- or environmentally focused organization of each community's choice for each person who registers for the 2018 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) and logs at least one bike trip during bike week (up to $250 per community).  

The North Shore TMA Corporate Bike Challenge is a
 friendly bike competition between TMA member employees and employees of other Massachusetts businesses and institutions. Now in its 24th year, the first 50 people to sign up for the MCBC and log at least 1 trip will receive a "legendary" MCBC bike week t-shirt.  All TMA participants who take at least one trip during bike week are entered into a raffle for multiple bike-related prizes and invited to the annual MCBC Bike Bash in Cambridge.  To participate: Register, Ride, and Log at least 1 trip at the MCBC websiteIf you live in one of our TMA area communities, your trips/miles logged will count towards the North Shore Community Bike Challenge donation - so make sure to register and tell all of your hometown friends to register!

Registration for the 2018 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is expected to be open by mid-April so be sure to check-in with the MCBC around this time to get all the news and to register for this year's challenge!
log your daily miles and trips taken by bicycle, and you're in the running! 

Congrats ECO Award Winners! Seven NSTMA Members to be Recognized at ECO Awards 4/18  
Seven NSTMA member companies will be recognized at this year's Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO Awards) celebration on April 18th at Fenway Park for their commitment to sustainable transportation options. Congratulations to Salem State University (Silver); Cummings Center (Gold); Cell Signaling (Gold); City of Salem (Silver); Footprint Power (Bronze); Axcelis (Silver); and Eastern Bank (Silver)!

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

Join MassCommute, MassRides, 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. More
Planning Continues for Beverly/Danvers Commuter Rail Shuttle Service
Are you interested in seeing (and ultimately using) a shuttle between Beverly Depot and the Cummings Center/Cherry Hill? Members of the Beverly/Danvers shuttle working group  are currently in the information gathering stage and looking to identify companies interested in participating in the shuttle pilot program which is anticipated to launch this September 2018.  The group is finalizing a brief survey to help us learn more about commuting schedules for employees working at Cummings Center, the Cherry Hill Industrial Park, and potentially other Beverly and Danvers locations.  The survey is expected to launch in April so keep an eye on your email in-box for your survey link.  

If your company is interested in participating in this shuttle service or you would like additional information about the service,  Please contact  Andrea Leary.