Feb 2019
Transportation and Commuter Solutions for the North Shore
Proposed bus changes to affect many North Shore commutes-provide your input!
In an effort to improve bus reliability and frequency, (which many commuters have expressed as their biggest frustration with bus travel), the MBTA has undertaken the Better Bus Project . There are 47 proposed no-cost solutions that tweak bus schedules and routes in order to modernize 63 bus routes, many of which service the North Shore. See a summary of some of the changes here . A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 6 th at 6pm at the North Shore community center campus in Lynn. Commuters can also give their feedback on these proposed changes directly to the MBTA by taking this survey .
The working title for the Shuttle is the "North Shore Wave." As in 'Ride the Wave.'
North Shore TMA's Shuttle Update
The North Shore TMA is pleased to announce a shuttle bus provider has been chosen and last mile shuttle service will begin in early April. The shuttle bus seats 24 people and 2 wheelchairs or 30 people without wheelchairs.

The current plan is for the shuttle to run 4 times during the peak morning and evening commutes picking up and dropping off passengers from the Beverly Depot train station and making stops to: Cummings Center, Cherry Hill, and Trask Lane (Cell Signaling) and then repeating in reverse for the evening commute. A kick-off meeting with shuttle partners will be scheduled for late February/early March to continue to finalize service details.

The schedule will continue to be tweaked to ensure that we are maximizing service for patrons.
City of Beverly Receives Grant to Redesign Beverly Depot Station

The City of Beverly received a Housing Choice Community grant award of $150K to redesign the Beverly Depot Commuter Rail station to make all modes of transit more readily accessible from this location. Imagine a place where you can pick up a bike, scooter, Zipcar, UBER/LYFT, the Beverly shuttle as well as the train all in one spot. There will be signage directing you to various points of interest around town along with travel time and mileage on how to get there. More info coming soon!

Pictured Left: Sample image of a Mobility Hub
Lynn Walking and Bicycling Network Plan Plan nearing completion
The City of Lynn with the help of consultants-Kittelson and Associates, are creating a walking and bicycling network for Lynn, connecting walkers and bikers from the Northern Strand community path at Western Ave to Lynn Shore and Nahant Beach. They mapped out 3 different route scenarios and after a series of public meetings, decided on the final route which you can see here. Stay tuned for a final report detailing all the improvements, you can still provide your feedback here.  This changes will vastly improve the entire streetscape getting to and around Lynn and will serve as a model for connectivity for other North Shore towns!
Green to Work Promotion Continues through the End of February!

Thank you to all past participants in the Green to Work program who confirmed their commute! We were able to update our database to reflect current commuters using green commutes. Everyone who replied was entered in a one-time $100 raffle drawing. We’re pleased to announce the winner of the January raffle was Edith Reid from Eastern Bank-Congrats Edith!
Pictured above: Edith Reid, $100 Green to Work Raffle Winner

Anyone who joins the Green to Work Program for the first time will be entered in a $100 raffle at the end of the month and existing participants will be entered in quarterly raffle drawings of $250 after they respond to a quick email confirming their green commute for that quarter.

New Rewards with BayState Commute and new carpooling promo through end of February!
BayState Commute has partnered with Entertainment Book to provide over 3600 new rewards including: discounts on restaurants, movie tickets, zoos, museums and more..

Form a new carpool (we can help), and we'll give your carpool a $25 gas card for 2 months! Register your carpool through the Green to Work Program .

If you are interested in starting a carpool, follow these steps:
  1. Sign up with BayState Commute
  2. Log your commute
  3. Don't see any matches? Expand the criteria beyond 2 mile default

We are also happy to come in and facilitate the creation of carpools as well through our carpool matching party! We do a zip code analysis to identify people commuting from the same area. We then invite those groups to a free lunch or dessert and coffee and create introductions and the benefits of carpooling.

$10 Weekend Commuter Rail Fare is back!
The widely popular $10 weekend fare pilot program is back! Ride all lines and all zones for just $10 for the entire weekend!

Can you buy your transit passes pre-tax?
It's easy to set up through the PERQ for Work Program!
The MBTA has rebranded its corporate pass program to better communicate the 'PERQs' that both employers and employees receive by purchasing monthly transit passes on a pre-tax basis.

Check out these tips sheets for Employers, FAQ's , and price comparison -forward to your HR and Payroll Departments to set up!