Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
July/August 2016
Record set during Bike Week 2016
Bike Breakfast at Vicor on May 17th
From May 14 th - 22 nd , bicycle commuters all over Massachusetts participated in the 22 nd annual  MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC). This year's nine-day challenge set a new record-- participants collectively logged 156,285 miles-- over 10,000 miles more than the record set last year. That week alone, Massachusetts cyclists saved over $15,000 in gas and prevented over 145,000 pounds of CO2 from entering our atmosphere.
At the MVTMA, 29 cyclists from our members companies logged 1715 miles.  More about this year's MCBC...

Did you participate and do you have feedback? Please take our brief survey to help us plan for next year's Challenge.  
This Saturday, July 30th, a new I-93 northbound on-ramp will open
 and a new signal will be installed to allow traffic from the west on Routes 110 and 113 to turn left onto the on-ramp.
As a result, there will be a new traffic pattern on I-93 northbound:
  • Motorists traveling from the east will enter a new on-ramp 400 feet east of the current ramp.
  • Motorists traveling from the west will exit the rotary and travel east 400 feet to a new signalized intersection where they can safely turn left on the new on-ramp.

Learn more about how the changes to the Methuen Rotary will affect your commute... 

MBTA Fare Increase 
On July 1 st , MBTA fares for the commuter rail, subway and bus lines increased by approximately 9.3%. On May 23 rd , t he MBTA also adopted new schedules to most of its commuter rail lines.
See how these changes affect you...     
Changes to Toll Collection at the Tobin Bridge 
This October, the fare structure on the Tobin Bridge will change from a $2.50 southbound-only toll to $1.25 each way.
MVTMA Director on Corporate Outreach Committee
This spring, MVTMA Executive Director Andrea Leary began working with Andover Planning Director Paul Materazzo on the Corporate Outreach Committee as part of the Andover Economic Development Council. In this capacity, Leary will meet with Andover businesses to learn more about their needs and wants.
"Our hope is that this effort will help us understand what makes Andover an attractive location for businesses and use this information to help attract additional businesses to the area," said Leary. 
MassDOT-Waze Partnership

  Last month, MassDOT and the California-based navigation app Waze announced a data-sharing partnership. It's called the Waze Connected Citizens Program and its goal is to provide drivers in Massachusetts with more information about traffic, construction, crashes and road closures.     
Ballot Issue Regarding Regional Transportation Funding  
On July 13th, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to include language enabling the Regional Ballot Initiative (RBI) in the Municipal Modernization Bill. The RBI will allow cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts to select the tax mechanism of their choosing that will ensure transportation funding at the regional level. 
Bi-monthly Commuting Tips
Beginning next month, the MVTMA will issue tips on biking, public transportation and general transportation news as it relates to commuting in the I-93 and I-495 corridors north of 128. These tips will be published bi-monthly and they'll be available via email, social media and on our website .
Have a tip you'd like to share? Let us know!
Upcoming Events
Save the Date for the Clean Air Challenge
September 17th - 22nd
More information coming soon!
Board of Directors' Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 22nd
9:45 - 11:15 A.M.
Putnam Investments