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NuRide Logo 2016Did you make a 2016 new year’s resolution? Perhaps less chocolate, less time on social media, spend less money, worry less? Cutting things out of our normal routines is hard, so why not add something to your daily mix? Since you already travel around town to work and for errands, consider adding a green trip into the mix this year. Choosing a green mode of travel – carpooling, vanpooling, taking public transit, walking, bicycling, even telecommuting – can save you money, relieve stress associated with traffic, and improve air quality.

If you already carpool, vanpool, take public transit, walk, bike, or telecommute, you are already achieving part of this resolution. By visiting NuRide—the state’s free ridematching and rewards tool—you can earn rewards for discounts at various national and local merchants for any green trip you take. The points accrue for each trip, which effectively means that you can save money at the places you already visit. Current rewards include discounts and buy-one-get-one deals to Ben and Jerry’s, Smuggler’s Notch, Uncommon Goods, and many more retailers.

While you are registering for NuRide, talk to your employer or contact MassRIDES for ridematching services and the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. We can help you find carpool and vanpool opportunities and plan your green travel options.

Check out NuRide and choose to travel green. Track your trips and join other Bay Staters who are helping to improve air quality, saving money, and supporting the many other benefits that come from choosing green travel modes. Why do less when you can do more? That sounds like the most achievable New Year’s resolution of all.

Happy NuYear, Bay Staters!

The NuRide program is administered by MassRIDES, the Statewide Travel Options Program within MassDOT. MassRIDES serves as a one-stop-shop helping travelers learn about sustainable and active transportation choices. 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.

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