CommuteWorks: Driving Alternatives for Commuters

CommuteWorks is a free benefit for employees of MASCO member institutions that aims to make commutes as stress-free and cost-efficient as possible. As the Transportation Management Association for the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA), CommuteWorks helps employees and students better plan their commutes with information about MBTA, ride-sharing, shuttle, and walking/biking options.

Student MBTA Pass Program

Each semester, students are offered an 11 percent discount on monthly T-Passes. There are strict deadlines set by the MBTA when these forms are due (usually in early August and early December). Please visit the Getting Around Boston web page or contact the Student Development Office for details (sdo@wheelock.edu, 617-879-2108).

Employee MBTA Pass Program

Wheelock significantly subsidizes MBTA T-Passes for full-time faculty and staff: 75% of the cost, which is the highest subsidy among employers in the Longwood Medical Area. If you'd like to enroll in the MBTA pass program, please contact Jilliana Jean-Charles in the Human Resources (HR) department at 617-879-2175. Once you are enrolled, your enrollment continues until you notify HR to stop or change your pass.

Employee Alternative Commuting Options

There are a wide variety of commuter programs available to Wheelock employees through the CommuteWorks program.  Programs include incentives for biking or walking to work, emergency ride home, trial MBTA commuting, carpooling, ride matching, personalized commuting assistance, ZIP Car discounts, and Shuttle bus information. Please see below for more information and links.

CommuteFit
Bike Commuting Resources
Walking Resources
Emergency Ride Home
Longwood T Party
Transit Resources
Rideshare
Rideshare Resources
Zipcar Discounts
Personalized Commuting Assistance
Shuttle Information
Shuttle Routes

CommuteFit

CommuteFit is a fun incentive program that rewards LMA commuters who incorporate walking, running, or biking into their daily commutes.

The goal of the program is to reduce vehicle miles traveled and improve personal health by encouraging walking and biking as a part of your daily commute. Anytime you use your own muscle power for transportation you can keep track of those miles and submit your monthly totals to CommuteWorks and automatically be eligible for a monthly drawing for one of three $50 gift cards.

It doesn't matter if you walk or bike one mile or twenty miles a day, or all the way to work or just to the nearest transit station. If you are walking or biking for any portion of your commute, you can register for CommuteFit and start keeping track of your miles. CommuteFit participants are also eligible to register for the Emergency Ride Home Program.

Register for CommuteFit

Bike Commuting Resources

CommuteWorks Bike Programs:

  • CommuteFit: Keep track of the miles you bike each month and you are eligible to win a $50 gift card to REI.
  • Emergency Ride Home (ERH): If you incorporate biking into your daily commute and participate in the CommuteFit program, you are eligible to register for ERH and receive a free taxi ride or rental car to take you home in the event of an unexpected personal emergency. 
  • LMA Bike Parking Map: Learn where all the public bike racks are within the LMA.
  • Departmental Bike Share Program: Your department can apply to receive a brand new commuter bike to use for local work related travel during the work day.

Useful Links:

Walking Resources

CommuteWorks Walking Programs:

  • CommuteFit: Keep track of the miles you bike each month and you are eligible to win a $50 gift card to REI.
  • Emergency Ride Home (ERH): If you incorporate biking into your daily commute and participate in the CommuteFit program, you are eligible to register for ERH and receive a free taxi ride or rental car to take you home in the event of an unexpected personal emergency.

Useful Links:

Emergency Ride Home

With our Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program, you can leave your car at home and still have peace of mind knowing that if you have an unexpected personal emergency during the work day, CommuteWorks will pay to get you home.

As an employee of a MASCO member institution who walks, bikes, carpools, vanpools or takes public transportation to work, you are eligible to register for ERH and receive a free taxi ride or rental car to take you home in the event of an unexpected personal emergency. Once registered, you can use this service up to five times per year. Please note that students do not qualify for the ERH program.

Register for the Emergency Ride Home program and to receive more information.

Longwood T Party

The Longwood T-Party program is a risk free way to leave your car at home and to try using MBTA services to get to work. If you are a drive-alone commuter with a parking space that is payroll deducted, you are eligible to enroll in the Longwood T-Party and put your parking space on hold for three months.

While enrolled in the T-Party program, CommuteWorks will provide you with $65 per month in commuter checks to use towards the purchase of your monthly transit pass. At the end of the three month program, CommuteWorks will also reimburse you up to $46 per month for parking costs at transit stations. While enrolled, you will not be charged for your parking space, and if at any time during the program, you are not satisfied with taking public transportation, you can opt out of the program and receive your parking space back.

This program is also available for commuters who have recently moved to a new home location resulting in an increased cost of their monthly MBTA pass.

Click here to register for The Longwood T-Party and receive additional program information.

Transit Resources

CommuteWorks Transit Programs:

  • Longwood T-Party: Put your parking space on hold and we'll help pay for your MBTA pass for 3 months.
  • Emergency Ride Home (ERH):  If you receive a subsidized T-pass through your employer, you are eligible to register for ERH and receive a free taxi ride or rental car to take you home in the event of an unexpected personal emergency.
  • Transit Service Feedback FormYour feedback and suggestions helps us work with the MBTA to provide improved service to the Longwood Medical Area.

Useful Links:

  • MBTA Trip Planner:  Find the best way to get to the LMA using MBTA services.
  • MBTA Schedules: The most up-to-date schedules for MBTA buses, transit, and commuter rail

Rideshare

Carpooling and vanpooling are great options for commuting to the LMA and can be as simple as sharing a ride to work with your spouse or being driven to work in a van with a group of other commuters from your home area. Ridesharing includes anyone who shares a ride with at least one other person at least one day a week.

CommuteWorks partners with MassRides and NuRide, to help get you set up in a carpool and vanpool. NuRide is a leading ride matching system that allows commuters to quickly find carpool partners while also providing incentives to people who rideshare or use other greener modes of commuting. Once you register with NuRide, you can instantly view other potential carpool partners who share the same commute as you.

MassRides also manages a fleet of over 40 vanpools including two (Rockland and Sagamore/Kingston) that come directly into the Longwood Medical Area. Click here to see the vanpools originating in your home area.

In order to be eligible for our Emergency Ride Home Program, please register your carpool with MASCO in addition to signing up for NuRide.

Rideshare Resources

CommuteWorks Rideshare Programs:

  • General Carpool and Vanpool Information: Learn more about carpool and vanpool options available in the LMA.
  • Find a carpool partner:  Register with NuRide and find other people commuting to the LMA from your home area. NuRide is a leading ride matching system that allows commuters to quickly find carpool partners while also providing incentives for ridesharing or using other greener modes of commuting.
  • Pool Aid Parking Program: Through our Pool Aid Parking Program, registered carpooler and vanpooler can receive parking vouchers for an off-site parking facility on days in which they cannot rideshare. Day parking is available for $5 a day up to five times a month and must be purchased in advance by contacting CommuteWorks.
  • Emergency Ride Home (ERH)If you carpool or vanpool to work, you are eligible to register for ERH and receive a free taxi ride or rental car to take you home in the event of an unexpected personal emergency.
  • Register Your Carpool: If you are already carpooling, you can register your carpool and become eligible for the Emergency Ride Home and Pool Aid Parking programs.

Useful Links:

Zipcar Discounts

CommuteWorks and Zipcar have teamed up to offer special discounted rates for LMA employees! Through CommuteWorks, you can join Zipcar for only $25 per year and with no application fees or security deposits, which is a significant savings off the regular membership price.

Once a member of Zipcar, you have access to a fleet of new cars that can be used by the hour with all gas and insurance included in the hourly rate. Cars can be reserved online or by phone, and can be used for both personal and professional reasons.

With over 1,000 Zipcars throughout greater Boston, you will always have a Zipcar nearby. Here in Longwood, Zipcars can be found at 375 Longwood Ave, Children's Hospital Boston, One Brigham Circle, Simmons College, Landmark Center, Longwood Towers and many other convenient locations. For a map of cars in the area, visit the Zipcar website.

Visit www.zipcar.com/mascoto register. When registering for Zipcar, please use your work email address.

Personalized Commuting Assistance

CommuteWorks can help answer any general commuting questions you may have. We can also provide you with a personalized commuting itinerary and identify your complete travel options for getting to the LMA including information on commuter rail, subway, bus, shuttles, ridesharing, biking and walking.

Shuttle Information

MASCO's transportation department helps LMA employees travel to and around the LMA. Together with our transportation service vendor Paul Revere Transportation, we provide shuttle services from area public transit stops and off-site parking facilities to the LMA. We also provide inter-office shuttle services between members' main campus locations and off-site offices. We transport nearly 11,000 riders each day over ten different routes, using a fleet of 41 vehicles.

Four types of shuttle services are available:

  • Commuter Shuttles from JFK/UMass and Ruggles Station provide frequent and direct LMA service for MBTA Red Line, Orange Line, and commuter rail passengers during the morning and afternoon rush-hour, as well as midday service.
  • The M2 Cambridge Shuttle carries people between Harvard Square and the LMA via Massachusetts Avenue.
  • MASCO's Park-and-Ride Shuttle Program serves LMA employees who park in one of our satellite parking locations in the Fenway, Mission Hill, Chestnut Hill, and Crosstown.
  • Inter-office Shuttles operate between Landmark Center and the Harvard School of Public Health main campus on a regular weekday basis (HSPH Landmark Shuttle), and between members' offices in the Fenway and their main LMA campuses (Fenway Combined Shuttle).

All of our shuttles (with the exception of the HSPH Landmark Shuttle) are equipped with GPS equipment that allows riders to get real-time bus information on their desktop computer or hand-held devices. For details on this service, see the Shuttle Locator page.

Shuttle Routes

Ruggles Express
The Ruggles Express provides service between the Ruggles MBTA station and the LMA for employees and students of MASCO member institutions. The cost is absorbed by MASCO member institutions and riders are not charged a fee.

JFK/UMass
The JFK/UMass Shuttle provides service between the JFK/UMass MBTA station and the LMA for employees and students of MASCO member institutions. The cost of this service is absorbed by MASCO member institutions and riders are not charged a fee.

Wentworth Shuttle
The Wentworth Shuttle serves MASCO member employees who park at the Wentworth lots in Mission Hill. The cost of operating this shuttle is incorporated into the parking rate.

M6 Chestnut Hill
The M6/Chestnut Hill Shuttle serves MASCO member employees coming in on the Route 9 corridor who park at the MASCO-operated lot at Temple Mishkin Tefila on Hammond Parkway. The cost of operating this shuttle is incorporated into the parking rate.

M2 Cambridge-Harvard Shuttle
The M2 Cambridge-Harvard Shuttle transports riders between Harvard Square and the LMA via the Massachusetts Avenue corridor with stops at Central Square and MIT in Cambridge. Harvard Students from the Medical School, School of Public Health, Dental School, Graduate School of Design, Division Medical Sciences, Business School and Arts and Sciences, as well as Harvard University officers, staff, and hospital affiliates with a valid Harvard ID can ride the shuttle for free (costs are charged to their affiliated department or institution). Others, including the general public, can also ride the shuttle, but must purchase a ticket at the Harvard Information Office/Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, Vanderbilt Hall or a participating institutional parking/commuter services office. For details, see the M2 Cambridge-Harvard Shuttle page.

HSPH Landmark Shuttle
This shuttle runs between Landmark Center in the Fenway and the HSPH main campus in the LMA and is for the exclusive use of Harvard students, staff, and faculty. Proper ID is required.

Fenway Combined Shuttle
The Fenway Combined Shuttle serves MASCO member employees who park in the Fenway area, as well as MASCO member employees needing to travel between offices in the Fenway and their main campuses in the LMA. This route is a collaborative effort between MASCO, BIDMC, BWH, and DFCI that combined three separate routes into a single service.

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