Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
August/September 2017
SAVE THE DATE 9/13 For a Free Breakfast Forum!  

"Increasing Mobility & Access to Your Worksite"
Wednesday, September 13th, 8:15-10:00 AM
Please join t he Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce , Merrimack Valley Planning Commission , and the Merrimack Valley TMA  for a free breakfast forum to learn more about transportation challenges in the upper Merrimack Valley that impact your company and how we can create collaborative solutions.  This event is  being held in conjunction with the Merrimack Valley Chamber's annual fall Business Expo  and is designed to provide an opportunity to learn from each other about the specific challenges you face in order to identify and develop opportunities for collaborative solutions. You will drive the discussion. A few things to consider:
 
  • From what communities do you typically recruit employees?
  • What are the transportation limitations that are contributing to recruitment, retention, and growing the workforce at your company?
  • Are there ancillary barriers to transportation access for employees - language, cultural preference, financial constraints, internships?
  • Have you implemented a transportation solution - was it successful?
 
We are looking to identify opportunities to work together to improve access to your worksite for employees! Come prepared to join the dialogue. More info and registration details here
 
~JOIN US FOR THE FREE BREAKFAST FORUM OR FOR THE FULL DAY~
  
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Roadway Construction Updates (Progress!)

Methuen Rotary Aug.2017
It's summer and that means road construction season is in full swing.  Stay abreast of major construction and repaving projects in our area and throughout the greater Boston region that can impact your commute.

I-93 - Methuen Rotary:  Work on the reconfiguration of the Methuen Rotary continues, with daily lane closures and disruptions at the 110 and 113 interchange- but there is an end in sight! Spring 2018 is the projected completion. Visit the  Methuen Rotary website  for project updates or sign up to get direct notices..

Local - Repaving Projects: The Towns of Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, and North Andover have a number of streets scheduled for repaving in 2017.  Find a complete list of these streets scheduled for improvements in HaverhillAndover , LawrenceLowell and Methuen

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.
 
New Options in NuRide: Mobile App Improvements
NuRide, the statewide commuter options & rewards program, has introduced some exciting improvements to their new mobile app to make planning & tracking your green commute even easier. As of July, new features include:
  • "Trip Syncing" option to connect fitness apps like Strava, MapMyWalk and MapMyRide
  • Connect to your Lyft account to  automatically record your Lyft Line ride sharing trips recorded (NuRide hopes to enable UberPOOL as well)
  • Option to get a Lyft Line or UberPOOL when finding rides in NuRide.
  • Ability to view "actively tracked" trips like Strava, Lyft Line, and Under Armour separately from manually recorded trips
Finding a commute buddy, transit connection, shared ride or active commute option has never been easier. The best part? The rewards keep getting better! Download the mobile app

Fall into a New Commute with NuRide
Now that you know more about the cool new features from Nuride, the Merrimack Valley TMA wants you to Fall into a New Commute.

Between September 20th - September 27th there's two ways to the TMA will reward you for registering and tracking a trip in Nuride:

1. Each new person who signs up for Nuride will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card 
2. One grand prize and 3 first prizes winners will be drawn from the names of anyone registered in Nuride who logs at least one trip during our Fall into a New Commute promotion.  


Don't forget - finding a commute buddy, transit connection, shared ride or active commute option and logging your trips has never been easier! Download the mobile app
Gov. Dukakis, Mayor Driscoll, Rep.Moulton Host North/South Rail Link Town Hall in Salem
The North South Rail Link (NSRL) Working Group Chairman, Former Governor Michael S. Dukakis along with Mayor Kim Driscoll and the Office of Congressman Seth Moulton, hosted a standing room only crowd for a NSRL Town Hall Meeting on July 31 at the Salem Town Hall Annex.
 
Those attending the meeting were extremely supportive of the project.  Tom Girsh, National Association of Railroad Passengers stated "The more we interconnect our communities and the region, the more people will be on transit." Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll told the group "We need to think boldly! Roads that are less clogged will open up economic opportunity for residents and employees."

The NSRL would involve a 2.8-mile tunnel connecting North Station and South Station in Boston and allow for more efficient commuter rail service, provide commuters with better train schedules, and vastly expand regional rail service accessibility throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast Corridor.  Additionally, the NSRL would integrate the Haverhill and other North Station-based lines to the other half of the state and completely integrate our commuter rail system to our subway system, while significantly reducing commute times and eliminating 55,000 cars off the road.
Social Survey: How Do You Use Social Media?
The Merrimack Valley TMA currently uses Facebook and Twitter to connect with our members and partners. 
How do YOU use social media and what type of content is most useful to you?
Please help us refine our strategy by taking this very short 3 question survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! 

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter
Upcoming Events

Access & Mobility Forum
September 13th
8:15-10:00 am
Andover Country Club
60 Canterberry Street
Andover, MA

Fall into a New Commute 
September 20th - September 27th
Online Fall Promotion


See details above


MVTMA Board of Directors Meeting
September 21st
9:00-10:30 am
Location TBD