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M(utt)BTA: Tips For Traveling With Your Dog On The T

Everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friend. So it only makes sense that you want to take your pup with you when you’re on the go. Gone are the…

Commuting in the Elements

If you don’t like the weather in New England, give it a minute. It’s an old joke, but not one entirely inaccurate. Because the weather can change so quickly, it’s…

Podcasts to Help You Power Through

One of the great things about taking mass transit to work is the free time it affords me. Different people find different ways to take advantage of this free time.…

Boston Bike Routes: The Most Complete, The Most Scenic, and The Most Practical

Boston is a city of cyclists and a city of cyclists needs cyclist-friendly streets. Luckily, Boston has quite a few from which to choose. To help you figure out which…

Secret’s Out: Boston’s Best Transit Perks

Calling all commuters and tourists! Did you know that Boston is filled to the brim with relatively unknown transit perks? Well, look no further because MassRIDES has you covered with…

Rising to The Challenge: Shifting Commutes in MA

To celebrate World Car-Free Day on September 21st, MassRIDES planned and hosted its second Massachusetts Clean Commute Challenge (“The Challenge”). Employees of partner organizations took green trips on September 21st…

Construction Begins on the North Washington Street Bridge in Boston This Month

Photo credit: MassDOT MassDOT is reminding members of the public that work-related activities including utility operations are beginning this month on the $177 million project to replace the City of…

Back to School…Back to Traffic

Fall is finally here and we are surrounded with cooler temperatures, pumpkin spiced lattes, and the dreaded back to school traffic. Increased traffic congestion, especially during school arrival and dismissal…

The Hard Numbers: What’s the REAL cost of your commute?

You probably know the time it takes to drive to work, but do you how much it costs you? Timing your drive is easy. On the other hand, calculating gas,…

Myth Busters: Ferry Edition

A fresh ocean breeze…that lovely smell of saltwater in the air…who doesn’t love a relaxing boat ride? For many seaside residents, the ferry is great way to get to work.…

Partner Spotlight: Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation, an analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing company, completed its first-ever parking lot study at its headquarters in Milford. The study scope included four parking lot areas with a total…

Active Transportation Webinar Recap

No matter where your office is located, engaging employees in healthy activities – during their commute or at work – can benefit everyone. From encouraging bike commuting through access to bike…

Our Favorite Bike Racks (and One to Avoid)

When it comes to choosing a bike rack for your office, a couple of factors should be taken into consideration. 1. Will this rack be used for short term or…

Bus Commuting: A Quick Guide

Riding the bus has become second nature to me since I moved away from the “T.” I save money on my daily commute by taking public transit, and I have…

Change Your Commute Not Your Job

Are you unhappy with your commute? If so, you’re not alone; many Americans are also unsatisfied with their commutes. Before doing something drastic—like changing jobs—why not consider a different mode…

Step Up Your Commute

Photo credit: Jonathan Wiggs of the Boston Globe Have you been able to actually squeeze the recommended 10,000 steps a day into your busy schedule? Studies have shown that counting…

Year Million and Transportation

Hyperloop One photo credit Last year, National Geographic Channel released a new six-part documentary-drama series about what it will be like for humans in Year Million. The show describes that…

Equal but Different: Carpooling vs. Vanpooling

How similar are carpooling and vanpooling? Many commuters think carpooling and vanpooling are one and the same form of transportation. Although the modes are similar, there are distinct differences between…

Bike to Work Day by the Numbers

The first Massachusetts employer-based Bike to Work Day (BTWD), held on Friday, May 18th, was a success. The event, organized by MassRIDES, included 72 employer partners that celebrated biking as…

Ride It Off: How Commuting Impacts Your Taxes

What could you do with and extra $1,500 a year? Now that tax month is over, let’s focus on the positive side of the tax experience. Did you know that…

Myth Busters: Bike to Work Edition

Leah Beckett is the Marketing Coordinator at MassRIDES. She lives car-lite in Cambridge. Leah started biking to work in 2013 when she lived in Connecticut and became a full-time bike…

Partner Spotlight: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

This month’s partner spotlight features MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) in Lexington. Since 2013, MIT LL staff and employees have consistently shown an eagerness to expand green initiatives through the…

Why I Take the T and Why You Should Too

As a MassRIDES Outreach Coordinator, I often meet with employees to discuss potential transportation options, and I frequently encourage utilizing the MBTA’s subway system as a commute option. There is…

Transit Webinar Recap

MassRIDES recently hosted its second webinar geared toward improving mobility at the workplace. This time, the webinar was open to commuters and Employer Transportation Coordinators. It focused on three key…

Congratulations ECO Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of our Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award winners! The ceremony, hosted in the historic Fenway Park, celebrated over 190 Massachusetts employers, both large and small, that…

Celebrating Earth Month

Cyclists and pedestrians photographed by Louis Oliveira via Flickr. Did you know that the average Massachusetts commuter, who logs their green trips in BayStateCommute.com, reduces harmful emissions the equivalent of 23 gallons…

Tips for Telecommuting

As more and more organizations begin to embrace telecommuting, there has been an uptick in the amount of employees willing to forgo their commute for a home office. In fact,…

Partner Spotlight: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

This month’s partner spotlight features National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries of Gloucester, Massachusetts, for their first and very successful Meet Your Match (MYM) event, held in November. Meet…

Thoughts From Our Director: You Are Traffic

The slogan “You are not stuck in traffic; you are traffic” is one of my favorite phrases that comes to mind when people complain about their car commutes. I follow…

Winter Walking Hacks

Walking every day, even for short distances, has so many understated health benefits. Those benefits include a reduced risk for chronic disease, a decrease in body fat, and an improved…

Thoughts from Our Director

As the Program Director for both a Travel Options and a Safe Routes to School program, I have the honor of working with adults and children concerning their daily commute…

How to Safely Bike in Cool Months

The only real problem in life is what to do next. –Arthur C. Clarke Although Arthur C. Clarke was a popular science fiction writer, his quote directly applies to the…

Myth Busters: Carpool Edition

Carpooling, even with a busy schedule, is an attainable green transportation option.  To affirm how easy carpooling can be, MassRIDES decided to collect and debunk a few common carpool myths…

Carpool Webinar Recap

A typical 20 minute drive shared with one person can save you over $500/year. Carpooling has been a popular sustainable commute option since cars became popular. In the stone ages…

Emergency Ride Home Has a New Look

While it’s the same program that you know and trust, Emergency Ride Home (ERH)—MassRIDES’ commuter insurance program—is just getting a little makeover. How It Works ERH is a “commuter insurance”…

Welcome to the New Commute.com!

Greetings and Happy New Year! One of the exciting things about the transportation industry is that nothing remains static. Because everything changes so rapidly it’s important to keep up to…

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