March 28, 2014
Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
The Patrick Administration this week celebrated the efforts of more than 150 Massachusetts businesses to promote healthier, more environmentally-friendly commuting at the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards ceremony at historic Fenway Park. The recognized employers have been successful in administering programs and resources to encourage their employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling or walking.
"By 2030, I hope to see multi-modal Massachusetts triple the share of walking, bicycling and riding public transit. The Massachusetts employers we have recognized today are helping our state to move toward achieving this mode shift goal," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "It is important that we keep these programs and resources going to encourage employees to use a sustainable mode of transportation both in their work and personal lives."
MassDOT hosted the ECO Awards in collaboration with MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Council of Transportation Management Associations. MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassCommute actively support employers across the Commonwealth in their work to reduce drive-alone trips to work sites while encouraging employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, and walking - or avoid commuting altogether by encouraging telework opportunities. Together, MassRIDES and MassCommute have over 700 employer partners and member organizations that support green and healthy transportation options.
"MassCommute is proud to partner with MassDOT and MassRIDES to recognize employer members and partners across the state. We are honored to celebrate our highest level of participation at this year's ECO Awards," said MassCommute Executive Director, David Kucharsky.
"These employers are making choices to promote sustainable transportation initiatives and advance employer, personal and statewide goals for a healthy and clean environment. Together, we have saved over 11.6 tons of emissions from entering our air in 2013. We couldn't be more pleased," said MassRIDES Director, Kristin Slaton.
The awards ceremony at Fenway Park celebrated the efforts of over 150 MassRIDES partners and MassCommute members. Eight employers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments, including:
Leadership in Commuter Options
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Bicycling
- Northeastern University: Bicycling
- Biogen Idec: Public Transit
- MIT Lincoln Laboratories: Carpool/Vanpool
Leadership in Commuter Engagement
- Boston Properties, Atlantic Wharf: Property Manager
- Allegro MicroSystems LLC: Employer Transportation Coordinator
- State Street Bank & Trust
Leadership in Innovation
- Cell Signaling Technology
The ECO Awards Ceremony is presented with sponsorships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, vRide, NuRide, URS Corporation, 128 Business Council, ZipCar, Eastern Bank, the Rideshare Company, Taza Chocolate and the Charles River Transportation Management Association. The generous support of these sponsors allows for greater recognition of sustainable transportation efforts throughout the Commonwealth.
To see a full list of ECO Award winners, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/ecoawards