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July 2014  


In This Issue
Route 1A/Rantoul Street construction update

Construction on Route 1A/Rantoul Street in Beverly began in April. The City of Beverly has developed a  construction update website that lists updates on the project on a weekly basis.

Crews are expected to dig in front of Rite-Aid on Cabot Street this week. Please check the NSTMA website often for a link to the construction updates.

North Shore TMA members elect new Board of Directors

North Shore TMA Executive Director Andrea Leary is pleased to announce that the following people (listed in alphabetical order) have been elected to serve on the TMA's Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning July 2014 and concluding in June 2016.


Aaron Clausen - City of Beverly

Thomas Dunn - Eastern Bank

Lynn Duncan - City of Salem

Peter Muto - Cell Signaling

Karen Nelson - Town of Danvers

Steven Roberge - Axcelis

Upcoming Events
    

July/August 2014 

Beverly Depot Parking Garage opening

 

September 20-26, 2014 - Shift Your Mode, Commute Car Free Week

More details are coming soon and will be available on our website
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The Northshoremen perform at the Beverly Parklet
Bike Breakfast at Axcelis Technologies
Banner outside the Bike Bash at Flat Top Johnny's
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Throw back time...

In this Sept. 8, 1972 file photo*, cars pass by on Interstate 90, into the Black Hills in Murdo, S.D. After rising continuously since World War II, driving by American households has declined nearly 10 percent since 2004. (AP Photo/File)

Check out the North Shore TMA's blog for more fun facts and stories about commuting.

Greetings from Andrea Leary, Executive Director
Bike Breakfast at Cell Signaling on May 13th

Greetings!

 

We are in the midst of the three months out of the year when New Englanders suffer from short-term memory loss. We indulge in everything summertime has to offer (boating, ice cream, baseball games, trips to the Cape) and forget how quickly it goes by (and of the LONG winter we just endured!)...

In May, the North Shore TMA made great strides in the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. We had record-setting participation rates across the state and the NSTMA was well represented at the Bike Bash in Cambridge. We also hosted our very first Parklet on a beautiful day in downtown Beverly.

The Salem Depot and the Beverly Garage construction projects are well under way and completion is anticipated by the end of this month in Beverly and by mid-October for the project in Salem.

Route 1A/Rantoul Street is currently under construction as part of the Beverly Main Streets initiative. Please view our website to get the latest updates on road closures and detours.

Enjoy summertime on the North Shore and throughout New England. It's the perfect time to try a shared commute!

 

Andrea

It's a wrap! The 2014 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and Bike Bash
Bike Breakfast at Eastern Bank on May 12th

This year was the 20th Anniversary of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and it was the best one yet! Across Massachusetts, bicycle commuters set new records with 3800 total participants and 296,000 total miles biked-resulting in a total savings of $50,000 spent on a gas and 277,000 pounds of CO2 prevented from entering the atmosphere.

Among North Shore TMA member companies, 55 employees participated in the Challenge, riding a collective 3100 miles-resulting in a savings of $470 spent on gas and 2,568 pounds of CO2 prevented from entering the air we breathe. Way to go!

On May 28th, the North Shore TMA joined the other ten TMAs in the region to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the MCBC at the annual Bike Bash in Cambridge. 190 people attended and loads of prizes were awarded! Most notable of the winners was Cell Signaling Technologies of Beverly--they won the top nod in total miles biked to work among the companies in the North Shore TMA with 1,930 miles. Way to set the bar high, CST!

The North Shore TMA would like to thank Eastern Bank who served as one of the sponsors of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. We would not have been able to achieve the participation rates we did across the state or in the North Shore without the help of our generous sponsors. Thank you, Eastern Bank!

Beverly Parklet

Mom and daughter enjoy the Beverly Parklet on May 15th

On May 15th, the North Shore TMA hosted its first annual Parklet in downtown Beverly to demonstrate what can be done with space when it's not designated for parking. In the space of two parking spots, the NSTMA set up tables, chairs and snacks for town employees and passersby who stopped to enjoy various programming throughout the day. Highlights from the day included a bicycle triage provide by Centraal Cycle, an a cappella performance by the Northshoremen Barbershop Quartet and a craft "upcycling" demonstration provided by North Shore Upcycle. To learn more about the Parklet please read Paul Leighton's story in the Salem News.

Salem Depot and Beverly Depot construction projects

Beverly Depot

MBTA officials held an informational meeting on June 17th at the Bentley School in Salem where MBTA Project Manager George Doherty announced that the Salem Depot is scheduled to open on October 10th. MBTA officials stated that construction of the garage is approximately 70% complete while the overall project is about 50% complete. The new garage will have a 1900 square foot waiting area where commuters can see the trains arriving. The Depot will also have long-term car parking and bicycle parking available. For more information about this project, please visit the Salem Depot page on the NSTMA website.

Mr. Doherty also confirmed that the new parking garage at the Beverly Depot will open by the end of July. The project began construction in February of 2013 and has been mired in delays initially due to structural deficiencies with a retaining wall and later due to material disposal delays and weather. Fortunately, work on the garage project has gone smoothly this spring and elevators are currently being installed and electrical work completed. The scheduled opening date for the new garage is slated for July 26th, but Mr. Doherty noted that if all continues to run smoothly, the garage might open a few days ahead of schedule.

For more information, please visit the MBTA's Beverly Deport Parking Garage webpage.

Electric Vehicle Charging

Workplace electric vehicle charging station

On June 18th, the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition 

(a group sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that focuses on promoting the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs)) hosted a workshop on workplace charging for electric vehicles (EVs). At this workshop, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced two incentive programs for those interested in AFVs.  

 

DOER Rebate Program for EV Drivers - Drivers can apply for a rebate up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle.

MassDEP Grant Program - Provides incentives to employers who install EV charging equipment at their worksite. MassDEP will provide 50% of the funding (up to $25,000) for hardware costs to employers who install Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations.

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