Merrimack Valley TMA
Issue: #2October 2012

Welcome to the Merrimack Valley TMA's Fall newsletter!

We hope that you have all had a great summer and will enjoy this beautiful New England Autumn. In the Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter, you will find useful information about happenings within the TMA service area, Merrimack Valley TMA programs and services, and additional transportation infrastructure information that may impact your commute. We had a great number of successful programs in the past year and look forward to continuing our services to assist you with any questions, comments, or concerns related to your commute. We're here to help.

Andrea Leary, Executive Director
Merimack Valley TMA

Bike-to-Work Week Wrap Up

The MVTMA wrapped up another successful Bike-to-Work Week as part of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and Bay State Bike Week in May. Employees of MVTMA member businesses supported their companies in this friendly challenge against other businesses in the area and throughout the state. Pre-registration took place at an event sponsored by Philips. Throughout Bike-to-Work Week, bike commuters were welcomed at different member locations with a light breakfast and then were invited to two great wrap-up events, the MassCommute Bike Bash and the Merrimack Valley TMA Bike-to-Work Celebration. This year was also the inception of the Bike Buddy program that paired experienced cyclists with novices, or cyclists who simply wanted to ride with others during Bike Week. Participation was excellent with 91 bike commuters from 13 different companies. Participants logged 5175 miles during bike week, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 4000 pounds and racking up a savings of 207 gallons of gasoline or about $776.00!


Many thanks to all of the participants, to Jeff Spagat for donating space and to Corporate Chef's great discounts on food for the Bike to Work Celebration BBQ. Appreciation also goes out to Kathy Rogers of Philips and Linda Sbuttoni from VICOR for their efforts on behalf of Bike to Work week. MVTMA continues to be supported by our members and sponsors, and we also to extend our thanks to Andover Town Manager, Buzz Stapczynski for attending the Celebration BBQ and welcoming the attendees. Local sponsors donated over 30 great raffle prizes for the event.

Amenities Coming to Andover Industrial Districts

MVTMA Executive Director Andrea Leary and TMA Board member Jeff Spagat are working with the Andover Economic Development Council (EDC) and Town Planners, Paul Materazzo and Lisa Schwarz as well as Andover Planning Board member Eric Macaux to bring amenities to the industrial areas in Andover, including River Road. Long-term goals for the EDC are to address issues relating to economic development, business retention and job creation in the town.


The group is currently working on developing language that will allow expanded business options in Andover's industrial districts - including medical facilities, small retail outlets, and coffee shops. The group believes that changes to the zoning language will improve the holistic environment in industrial areas and create more development and spending opportunities in Andover. Initial language will be presented to the Planning Board in October followed by additional meetings with the public. Any changes to the town's zoning language must be approved by a two-thirds majority of Town Meeting this spring.

40B Meeting 

Shattuck Road 40B Development: 

Andover ZBA Decides 

In August, David Hall, Development Director of The Hanover Group, appeared before the Andover Zoning Board of Appeals for a final hearing on the 40B residential project that the company is proposing for Shattuck Road. After careful consideration by the ZBA, the proposal was denied permitting. During a meeting with TMA members the day before the ZBA hearing, David Hall and Scott Doty of The Hanover Group outlined the significant monies they have invested to perform due diligence on the Shattuck Road sewer system. Engineering studies funded by The Hanover Group identified several segments in need of repairs and regular maintenance. During the meeting, Mr. Hall told the TMA attendees that The Hanover Group will appeal the decision if the permit request is denied. If in fact the decision is appealed, it will be up to the State Housing Appeals Committee to give the project the go-ahead. 

MVTMA Welcomes our Newest Member 

Merrimack College

We are thrilled to add Merrimack College in North Andover to our list of members. We look forward to providing services and incentive programs to the many employees at Merrimack College.  


Take the Bus Service Between Lawrence & Andover

And Earn Rewards!

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) now has two routes to help commuters get from Lawrence to the River Road area of Andover, Route 37 and the new Route 76. Route 37 operates Monday - Saturday during regular MVRTA hours and the Route 76 runs during peak weekday commuting hours from 5:00 AM - 8:30 AM in the morning and again from 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM in the afternoon/evening. More information here.


TMA member employees who use the bus never need to worry about being stranded. Do you need to leave work early or work late unexpectedly? No problem. With the Guaranteed Ride Home program through MVTMA you can always get home when you need to. TMA member employees are also encouraged to participate in our Green to Work program - you can earn up to $75 over three months just for riding the bus!


You can also earn rewards for taking the bus with NuRide! NuRide is the nation's largest rewards program for commuters who take greener trips. Record your green trips online, and get points for each trip. You can redeem those points for rewards - restaurants, retailers, events and attractions. NuRide also allows you to track your savings online. Merrimack Valley TMA member employees, be sure to use the promo code "MERRIMACKVALLEY" to receive 1,000 NuRide points just for registering! Click here to sign up now for any of these great TMA services!

Bike To Work MVTMA

2012 Merrimack Valley TMA 

Summer Bike Ride Series Concludes

The 2012 Summer Lunchtime Bike Ride Series was a great success with increased participation on each ride. The Series concluded with two final rides on September 12th and September 19th.

car free week
2012 Car-Free Week Wrap Up

The MVTMA, in conjunction with MassDOT, MassRIDES and other Massachusetts TMAs celebrated Car-Free Week from September 17th to the 23rd. Participation was free and easy! Participants who went Car-Free or Car-Light were asked to track their green trips with NuRide, the nation's largest travel rewards and rideshare matching program.


Statewide, 4,636 NuRiders celebrated Car-Free Week in Massachusetts. Participants tracked a total of 27,456 reduced car rides, an amazing 724,488 reduced miles, which prevented 319 tons of CO2 from entering the environment!


The statewide goal was to have a total of 12,000 fewer cars driven during Car-Free-Week and that goal was exceeded. There were a grand total of 13,587 fewer cars driven during the week!


Many thanks to everyone who participated in Car-Free Week

In This Issue
Bike-to-Work Week Wraps Up
Amenities Coming to Andover Industrial Districts
Shattuck Road 40B Developments
Merrimack College, Welcome!
Lawrence/Andover Bus Service
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