February/March 2018
New! North Shore Coalition of Mayors and Managers Receive Commuter Shuttle Grant 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC) transportation staff with support from the North Shore TMA submitted a successful application for Efficiency and Regionalization grant funding on behalf the North Shore Coalition of Mayors and Managers to fund a shuttle to connect commuter rail to suburban work/residential locations.  Partners for the shuttle along with routing between the Beverly Depot and locations in Beverly and Danvers are currently being explored.  If your company is interested in this service please contact North Shore TMA Director Andrea Leary for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: 8th Annual  ECO Awards 4/18/18
ECO AWARDS SURVEY DATES: February 5th - February 16th 

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.

To nominate your company for an ECO Award, fill out the nomination survey
between February 5th - February 16th.  Survey information will be sent via email to our member contacts at each company. All TMA members employers are eligible for nomination!  Make your company's efforts and your hard work to promote green commuting options are recognized.  F ill-out the nomination survey today!
WIN Lunch for a Week for You and a Friend!
Do you carpool, vanpool, take the train, bus, walk, or bike to work or school? Snap a pic of your commute.  Winning is as easy as 1,2,3,4!
  1. Participate between February 12th - February 16th 
  2. Take a selfie while commuting & send it to
  3. Please include your name, company/school name, company/school email, & worksite/school address with your submission
  4. You will be entered in a raffle for a FREE lunch for a week for you and a friend ($100 value) from NSTMA
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?   Snap & enter your commute pic today! 

Introducing Bay State Commute: The New NuRide
Massachusetts' commuter resource and reward program, formerly NuRide, is now Bay State Commute! Join over 44,000 Bay State commuters who are using this free program (and app) to find rideshare buddies, join a vanpool, plan a transit or bike/walk commute & more, while earning great rewards at local businesses.  

Join today and download the app (iOS only)

ATTENTION: Input Needed for Salem Shuttle 
Salem Trolley
The City of Salem, Friends of the Salem Council on Aging, and the Salem for All Ages initiative are hosting a  community meeting on February 12th to learn more about the needs of residents, employees, students, and tourist related to commuting in and around Salem.  

Monday, February 12th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Salem Shuttle Study Community Meeting
Salem City Hall Annex
120 Washington Street - 3rd Floor
Salem, MA

Please provide your input about where you see gaps in the current transportation network (walking and biking infrastructure as well as MBTA commuter rail and bus service) by taking a
brief survey and f possible by attending the  February 12th community meeting in person. Your input is vital to this important initiative.  

Additional details can be found on the City of Salem Website. Hope to see you there!

It Pays to Commute Green: Congrats Holiday Promo Winners!

Robercy Tapia from Cell Signaling was the lucky winner of the North Shore TMA's  2017  Holiday Promotion ! Robercy was rewarded for signing up for our  new Guaranteed Ride Home program with Uber.  All TMA member employees who commute via carpool, public transit, bike or other alternative to driving alone at least 2 days per week are eligible to participate in the  Guaranteed Ride Home program!

Don't forget - finding a commute buddy, transit connection, shared ride or active commute option and logging your trips has never been easier! Visit our our website  or    Download the Bay State Commute mobile app

Winter's Here! Commute Tips to Keep You Moving

Don't let winter weather keep you from getting where you need to go - whether on two wheels or four! Biking to work through the winter needn't be reserved for the heartiest among us. Here are a few quick tips to keep you rolling all winter long:

1.  Invest in thick mittens, socks & boots
2.  Dress in layers, focusing on hands, head, and toes
3.  Install fenders  to avoid the splash
4.  Wear a thin, wind proof hat  under your helmet
5.  Wear reflective clothing and bright lights 

And when you're driving in winter weather,  take this advice from AAA
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. 
  • Drive slowly. 
  • Know your brakes. 
  • Don't stop if you can avoid it. 
  • Don't power up hills. 
  • Don't stop going up a hill.