Issue: # 7 
Fall 2013
The leaves are turning on the trees and there's a definite nip in the air. Earlier this fall, North Shore TMA staff promoted a very successful Car-Free Week to members and to resident of our service area communities.

Just in time for Halloween, the City of Salem has expanded parking adjacent to the Salem Depot for commuter rail riders.  We are also excited to share the latest news about the North Shore TMA-sponsored pilot program allowing bikes on the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line.

The North Shore TMA is undertaking a major membership drive in 2014. We got a jump on our goal this fall when the City of Beverly became our newest TMA member.

Wishing you all a wonderful fall season.

Andrea Leary, Executive Director
North Shore TMANews1
Universal Steel Parking Lot in Salem: Now Open! 

Just in time for Halloween, the 120 space temporary surface parking lot at Universal Steel, 297 Bridge Street, is now open!


Parking in the lot, which is located a short distance from the Salem MBTA commuter rail station and the downtown, will be free and open to the public. The adjacent lot, formerly Alpha Auto Sale at 295 Bridge Street, was leased this spring by the City to provide an additional 30 spaces and is also available for parking.
The City of Salem worked in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to dismantle the abandoned factory on the Universal Steel parcel, remediate the lot, and pave it for parking. The City's long term goal is to sell the lot for development and a return to the tax rolls, once the nearby MBTA parking garage project is complete in late 2014.  In addition to the Universal Steel and Alpha Auto lot, there are several other parking lots in the City conveniently located to the commuter rail lot. For additional details about this project and a multitude of construction and infrastructure projects happening in Salem log on to

  1. Welcome New NSTMA Member!  
    City of Beverly, MA


    The City of Beverly has joined its fellow municipality, the City of Salem, as the North Shore TMA's newest dues paying member! As a member of the NSTMA, City of Beverly employees will now have the opportunity to participate in all TMA programs and services, providing them with cheaper, greener, more efficient commutes. 
    "I'm looking forward to working with city employees on their commuting concerns and with Beverly officials to support the city's economic development goals while reducing the traffic impact of new develoment," stated TMA director Andrea Leary.

Approved: Bikes on North Shore Commuter Rails!

Good news for those who have been enjoying the MBTA's summer pilot program to allow bikes on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line! The MBTA has agreed to continue the program indefinitely. 


Recently, TMA director Andrea Leary met with Steve Jones, MBTA Director of Transportation and Customer Service for Rail and Water Transportation who provided positive feedback for the North Shore TMA summer pilot program to allow bikes.  


"Often times at TMA events," shared TMA Outreach Manager Al Marrone, "employees stated that they would like to commute via commuter rail, but had no way to get from the commuter rail to their worksite or in some cases with limited parking at the commuter rail station, the parking lot was often full upon arrival necessitating a drive to work."  


The Salem News detailed the pilot and its benefits just prior to the May program launch.  The pilot was developed as a means to allow commuters to bridge the first-mile gap from their home to the commuter rail station and from the commuter rail to their worksite and vice-versa for the return trip. Commuters are allowed to bring their bike onto the commuter rail train during the AM and PM peak commuting times between Newburyport and North Beverly and between Rockport and Montserrat. 


  1. Success! Mass. Car-Free Week 2013
This year's Massachusetts Car-Free Week saw impressive results from commuters all over the Bay State leaving their cars at home and taking another way to work. Check out the infographic below for final statistics, and watch the creative and often hilarious videos showcasing various forms of green commutes on the MA Car Free Week Facebook Page:


News in this Issue

Parking Relief in Salem: New Lot Opens

Ciy of Beverly Joins NSTMA

MBTA Commuter Rail Bike Pilot Program Approved

Successful Stats from Mass.Car-Free Week 2013:

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