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Commute is undergoing fundamental transformation at a fast pace. The way we work, when we work, where we work, and who is in the labor force determine personal preferences for mobility and create new commuting patterns. The emergence and prevalence of second and third shift schedules require many employees to commute away from rush hour periods and away from city centers. The availability of smart phone applications powered by real-time data mining, concepts like first-mile/last-mile, car share, bike share, and vanpooling –once novel ideas- are now seen as mainstream mobility solutions. There is no typical commute today and no one-size-fits-all solution but getting people to-and-from work will continue to be a vital function of community and public transit operators.

Accessibility of jobs remains an important ingredient of the Commonwealth’s economic vitality and competitiveness. According to a recent analysis, future expansion of the Massachusetts workforce is expected to come from three cohorts: Early career individuals (25-34 year olds), Older residents (55-64) and Seniors aged 65+. In the world of scarce resources, meeting the diverse transportation needs of distinct population cohorts in the labor force requires continuous collaboration and resource sharing between public and private community and transit providers in Massachusetts.

Resources

The MBTA is the largest provider of fixed route public transit (bus, light rail, subway, commuter rail, and boat) and ADA paratransit transit services in Massachusetts, covering 175 communities with an estimated population of 4.8 million

In Massachusetts 15 regional transit authorities (RTA) provide fixed route bus, ADA paratransit and demand response senior transit services outside the MBTA district

Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) - TMAs are formal organizations of businesses and local governments dedicated to solving local employment transportation concerns in downtowns, suburbs, or along congested roadway corridors. There are 15 TMAs in Massachusetts, 12 of them members of MassCommute - a professional association. In combination they serve more than 300 companies and property owners in about 50 municipalities in Eastern Massachusetts. In addition to providing significant benefits to businesses and commuters, the TMAs also support and advance the Commonwealth’s transportation and climate initiatives. TMAs deploy an array of strategies such as parking management, rideshare matching, encouraging biking, walking, providing employment shuttle services and emergency ride home aimed at increasing system efficiency and mobility options. Individual TMAs collaborate with each other and with MassDOT through MassCommute. The following TMAs provide employment shuttle service to various business parks in the Greater Boston area:

MassRIDES - is the statewide transportation demand management program of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation designed to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality and mobility. MassRIDES works with both employers and commuters within the Commonwealth to promote the use of commute options through ride matching, vanpooling, emergency ride home, promoting walking, biking and public transportation. MassRIDES mostly serves communities with no TMA presence. The following are time and money saving solutions offered by MassRIDES for a better commute:

Bridge and Lyft offer dynamic and flexible real-time ridesharing service to work in Boston using smart phone applications for selecting and paying for the ride.

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