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NuRide 2014NuRide, the Commonwealth’s ridematching and rewards program has reached a milestone by exceeding more than 25,000 commuters participating in Massachusetts. For four years, individuals living or working in the Commonwealth have had the opportunity to join NuRide, in an effort to save money, reduce vehicle emissions, and decrease traffic congestion all resulting in the reduction of single-occupancy vehicles. NuRide continues to grow daily as commuters from across the Commonwealth choose to make informed and healthy commuting choices.

“Decreasing the number of single occupancy vehicles on our roads is vital in order to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and provide for a cleaner and greener Commonwealth,” said Acting Transportation Secretary, Frank DePaola. “NuRide is a valuable tool in our work towards meeting this goal and I commend our 25,000 commuters on their choices to incorporate sustainable transportation into their daily routine and encourage others to join this initiative.”

Nationwide, transportation-related emissions equate to 28% of the greenhouse gas emissions released in our air (source: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/sources/transportation.html). This free state-sponsored program allows individuals and companies to view their environmental impact, find potential rideshare partners to carpool or vanpool with, receive rewards at local and national retailers, and participate in statewide environmental goals to reduce emissions, decrease traffic congestion, and to find the commute option that best suits their needs. The system continues to grow and offer more rideshare options and rewards as participants sign up to use the free program. The more participants, the better opportunities for finding rideshare partners in all areas of the Commonwealth.

The NuRide program is administered by MassRIDES, the Statewide Travel Options Program within MassDOT. MassRIDES serves as a one-stop-shop for travelers to learn about sustainable and active modes of transportation to choose the best commute mode for their own individual needs. Through employer and public outreach, MassRIDES is able to offer programmatic resources and hosts a variety of events to customize individual or employer/employee transportation needs throughout the Commonwealth.

Individuals can track their green trips by walking, bicycling, taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, or even telecommuting. NuRide also has a built-in database for individuals interested in finding carpool partners within their local community. Each trip tracked generates points that can be redeemed for rewards at local restaurants, movies, shops, and other rewards. Individuals and employers have access to data involving dollars saved, reduced vehicle miles, emissions reductions, calories burned, and more.

NuRide continues to stay on the cutting edge of rideshare technology and we are excited to introduce you to some new and improved resources offered through NuRide:

• Multi-Mode Trip Recording – Logging your multiple trip types just got easier. We know many of you take more than one mode of green travel during your commute. You can now record up to four modes as part of a single trip when you select ‘multi.’
• More Ride Options – NuRide has included more transportation resources to help keep you informed of the best commute options in your area. When you search for NuRiders, you can also view available Google Transit routes.
• Vanpool Routes – Massachusetts vanpool routes are now displayed on NuRide allowing commuters to gain easier access to existing vanpools. The timing of this enhancement fits nicely with our announcement of the Massachusetts Vanpool Subsidy Program. See the article in this newsletter for more information.

For more information, log-on to www.nuride.com/MassRIDES and create your account today! Already a member? Continue to track your trips and view how much money you have saved by selecting to commute green. Don’t forget to redeem your rewards!

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