Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
March/April 2017
Winter Biker Photo Contest Winner  

Congratulations to Bob B. from Philips Healthcare for winning our #WinterBiker Photo Contest ! Bob commutes via bike year-round and sent in this great photo (left) during our month-long promotion. Bob now has $75 to put towards a bike tune-up and supplies at Buchika's in Salem, NH. Are you a bike commuter? Thinking about becoming one? Registration for the 2017 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is now open!

Congratulations to our 2017 ECO Awards Winners 

Congratulations to our 2017 Merrimack Valley TMA ECO Awards winners! Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Philips and Schneider Electric earned the Pinnacle Level, the highest distinction offered. Leadership level winners included Eisai Research Institute , MKS, NAI Hunneman at 600 Federal Street , Putnam Investments, Smith and Nephew and Vicor. Our Pacesetter winners were Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Emmaus, Greater Lawrence Technical School, Marriott Residence Inn, Restaurant Depot and WSI Corporation. We look forward to   celebrating with you on April 12th!  
Save the Date for Bike Week!

Bike to Work Week/ The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is fast approaching! From May 13 th - 21 st , log your trips to be eligible for a   slew of prizes. Register with your company email address by April 13 th and you'll get the highly sought after MCBC T-shirt! If you're a returning user, please select the "Returning Users" button.  
Warrant articles propose changes to ID2 zoning at River Road and Dascomb Road  

Two private warrant articles for this spring's Andover Town Meeting have been filed proposing zoning changes to the ID2 districts at River Road and Dascomb Road. The first article proposed by Steve Stapinski from Merrimack Engineering seeks to amend the original ID2 zoning to allow residential development within the same size building and a drive-through restaurant (whose primary item for sale is coffee). A separate warrant article by Merrimack Valley developer Sal Lupoli seeks to develop a new zoning district (ID3) that will allow a small hotel, retail, residential, and commercial uses for a proposed "lifestyle" development on Dascomb Road at the interchange with I-93. Learn more about these changes and more at our spring Municipal Roundtable on April 25 th !
Commuter Rail Weekend Service: A Go or a No? 
Recently, the MBTA considered balancing their estimated $42M budget deficit by eliminating weekend commuter rail service for a year. The MBTA currently subsidizes commuter rail service on average $5 per ride on during the weekdays and $34-$100 per ride on the weekends. Given the state of the MBTA budget if service is not eliminated as initially discussed, cuts in service may be inevitable.  
More Progress at the Methuen/I-93 Interchange

Throughout the winter months, construction crews have continued to make progress at the intersection of I-93 and Routes 110 and 113 in Methuen. Paving on the new I-93 southbound ramp has begun and crews are hitting milestones ahead of schedule. Stay updated on all of the construction involving this project, which is set to conclude in early 2018.
Upcoming Events

Pan-Mass Challenge Info Session
Seaside Cycle
Thursday, April 6 th
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

MassCommute Bicycle Challenge
Saturday, May 13 th - Sunday, May 21 st

7 th Annual ECO Awards
Wednesday, April 12 th
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Fenway Park
Buy tickets

Bike Bash
Wednesday, May 31st
5:30 - 7:00 P.M.
Flat Top Johnny's
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge

Spring MVTMA Roundtable
Tuesday, April 25th
9:00 - 10:30 A.M.
Philips Healthcare
3000 Minuteman Drive, Andover