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MassRIDES is here to help you improve your commute and reduce the number of solo drivers on our roads.

Improving your commute also improves your health, your budget, your well-being, and your environment. Pick a day and try something different – even a few days a month can make a big difference.

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According to Hippocrates, “walking is man’s best medicine.” Boston is known to have one of the highest percentages of walking commuters among the country’s largest cities. The average walking speed is 3.1 miles per hour; so many people who live close to work prefer walking to other modes. Additionally, walking is associated with a lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Combining walking with bikeshare and/or transit is a great way to fit active transportation into your daily commute.

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Massachusetts is not just competitive in sports, but also in transportation.  In 1897, Boston launched the Green Line, beating out New York for the first the first subway system in the country! The Commonwealth has a long history of providing many transit options for its residents. Taking transit allows commuters to turn their commuting hours into personal time by catching up on their favorite shows, a good book, or emails. It also reduces the cost and stress of commuting alone by car. For a full list of transit options across the Commonwealth, visit the Regional Map.

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Want to save some money on your commute and your formal work wardrobe?  Try working from home! Telework, also known as telecommuting, allows employees to work from home and is rated as one of the most important work perks in national surveys. This formal or informal arrangement can range from working remotely on an as-needed basis, such as caring for a sick parent or child, to scheduled weekly work from home days, to permanent remote work positions. Most employers require telework employees to connect to their Virtual Private Network. Talk to your human resources department to see if any of these arrangements are available to you.

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You don’t need to sing karaoke to join a carpool, but a good singing voice doesn’t hurt! Carpooling enables commuters to share a ride in a private vehicle, potentially share driving responsibilities, and cut commuting costs in half. Visit BayStateCommute.com to join an existing carpool or create a new one.

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Wheels were invented circa 3,500 B.C. As a result, in 21st century A.D., bicycling saves commuters thousands of dollars each year on commuting expenses, reduces time spent in traffic, and offers nearly as much flexibility as driving alone does. John F. Kennedy said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” We at MassRIDES happen to agree.

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#VansAreCool! A vanpool is a group of five to fifteen people with a similar origin, destination, and schedule who share the cost of the van rental, gas, parking, and insurance, typically through a licensed vanpool provider. Vanpooling can save commuters time and money, and reduces wear and tear on personal vehicles for longer commutes. In fact, the average vanpooler saves a cool $1,800 per year in commuting costs, according to a national vanpool provider. Pretax benefits are available for vanpools, and federal employees may also be eligible for vanpool subsidies. You can search for active vanpool routes on BayStateCommute.com or reach out to your area’s Outreach Coordinator.

For information on vanpools in the state, click here.

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We are not talking about time travel, but it may feel like you get back more time when you work a compressed work week. A compressed work week (CWW) allows commuters to work longer hours but fewer days. Using this method, commuters typically avoid peak travel times providing for a shorter commute. Typical CWW programs are either four 10-hour days per week schedule or 80-hours over nine days instead of ten. Check with your employer to see if you are eligible for this schedule.

Regional Transit and Resources

What are my local transit options? Massachusetts has 16 Regional Transit Authorities that range from the islands to the Berkshires. Explore the Regional Transit Map to see the transit commute options in your area.

What are some other travel resources around the Commonwealth? For information on transportation mobile apps, ferries, parking, private transportation companies, and other transportation websites, click the link below.

How can I find a carpool or plan my commute trip? To explore even more options, visit Bay State Commute to find a carpool/vanpool partner, or Google Transit to plan your trip. Additionally, you can click here to find a list of vanpools in the state.

I still need help with my commute.  Who can I contact? For more customized travel options, send your commute details to your Outreach Coordinator (OC), who will create a customized commute plan for you. Don’t know your OC? Email us!

Bay State Commute (NuRide)

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Whichever green commuting option you choose, you will get rewards with Bay State Commute, formerly called NuRide. Whether walking and biking, taking transit or a vanpool, teleworking or compressed work weeks is your regular commute choice, Bay State Commute is a free and easy platform to reward yourself for something you already do.

Bay State Commute Service Update:

MassDOT’s funding for the Bay State Commute database will end with the expiration of the MassRIDES program on June 30, 2019. To ensure you have full access to all rewards currently available through Bay State Commute, MassDOT recommends you redeem your points before June 30, 2019.

Emergency Ride Home

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Each year, employees of participating  MassRIDES’ partners qualify for free trips home (up to four) though our Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. MassRIDES reimburses employees up to $100/trip for qualified emergencies.  Visit the ERH page to see if you qualify to participate.

Emergency Ride Home Program Update:

The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program will be ending on April 30th, 2019. This will be the last day users may take any ERH-sponsored trips. To successfully receive reimbursements, users must submit all outstanding ERH reimbursement requests by May 15th, 2019, no exceptions. Please contact leon.papadopoulos@dot.state.ma.us if you have any questions.

Calculate Your Commute Cost

Curious to see how much your commute really costs? Take a minute to run the numbers to the right.

How would your costs change if you shared the trip – even just for one or two days a week? We already programmed the average costs of maintenance and insurance for your convenience.*

How much does your travel cost?

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*Calculations factor in the average cost for maintenance and tires ($0.0796/mile) and average cost for insurance and financing ($16.02/day). Taken from 2017 Edition of "Your Driving Costs" from AAA.