The Patrick-Murray Administration has recognized more than 120 Commonwealth employers who have encouraged their employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, or by bicycling or walking during the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options Awards ceremony at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
MassDOT hosted the Awards with MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Coalition of Transportation Management Associations. MassDOT, MassRIDES, and MassCommute actively support Massachusetts employers in their efforts to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by reducing drive-alone trips to work while encouraging employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycle or walking.
Five employers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments:
Harvard University, Leadership in Innovation
Shire, Leadership in Commuter Engagement
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Leadership in Sustainability
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Leadership in Commuter Options
Juniper Networks, Rising Star Award
“We recognized the efforts of these Massachusetts organizations who consistently champion the value of sustainable transportation options that reduce traffic congestion, encourage healthy lifestyles, and benefit our environment," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey. "These goals are key to MassDOT’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable Commonwealth and they support the GreenDOT initiative and Healthy Transportation Compact.”
GreenDOT is MassDOT's comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative to incorporate sustainability into all activities, from strategic planning to project design construction to system operation.
MassRIDES is the Massachusetts statewide travel options program, helping travelers move smarter with information about carpooling, bicycling, walking, public transportation, teleworking, and vanpooling.
MassCommute is a group of Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations, which leverage public and private funds to increase the use of ridesharing and other commuting alternatives that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality across the state.