Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
October - November 2015
New Andover Town Manager Headlines Fall Roundtable 
Meet and greet new Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan at the annual MVTMA Fall Municipal Roundtable, November 19th from 9:30 - 11:00 AM at Putnam Investments in Andover. During the meeting, Mr. Flanagan will share his priorities for the town and will provide an overview of major capital investment projects, projected commercial tax rates and water/sewer rates for the town.  Planning Director Paul Materazzo will provide an update on recent economic development and infrastructure initiatives. Please RSVP to Andrea Leary by November 17th.  
It's a Wrap! Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge
Last month, the Merrimack Valley TMA partnered with MassDOT, MassCommute and MassRIDES to promote the  Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge, a week-long effort to encourage green commuting. During the week, many prizes were given out throughout the Commonwealth. The MVTMA also awarded a $100 Amazon gift card to Joanne Dumont (pictured right) from Putnam Investments. Joanne telecommuted and carpooled to/from work during the Challenge. Congratulations, Joanne!
Commuting Matters Breakfast Forum
Executive Director Andrea Leary worked with MassCommute and the MAPC to host a breakfast forum on October 8th. The forum presented information about how municipalities and employers can work together to reduce traffic, improve environmental quality, and provide better transportation options for employees and residents. At the forum, the results of the two organizations' white papers were presented. Additionally, a panel representing both the public and private sectors discussed their efforts to implement successful transportation demand management (TDM) initiatives.
Changes to MVRTA Routes
Effective last month, the MVRTA bus routes that serve the River Road area of Andover were reduced to one. Route 76 was cancelled and Route 37-Beacon Street has been extended to serve the Marriott/Springhill area, which includes Minuteman Park. Route 37 runs every 30 minutes during weekday peak rush hour times and it runs on the hour at off-peak and weekend times.  
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MassDOT's Adopt Visibility Program
MassDOT's Highway Division is looking for corporations to sponsor its Adopt Visibility program. They are specifically looking for a group willing to adopt and maintain the traffic island located across from the MassDOT maintenance facility on the River Road Bridge over I-93 in Andover. The island is currently raised and contains trees with mulched beds. There is no minimum required for sponsorship.
MBTA and Keolis announce plans for commuter rail enhancements
In August, Governor Baker's appointed Fiscal and Management Control Board endorsed the MBTA's and  Keolis' short-term plan to improve service for thousands of commuter rail passengers. The plan includes measures to ensure better customer service and on-time performance. It also includes an improved winter resiliency plan.
Calendar of Events 
Wednesday, October 28th
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Benefits Fair
Putnam Investments
7 Shattuck Road, Andover

Thursday, November 19th

9:30 - 11:00 AM
Fall Municipal Roundtable
Putnam Investments
7 Shattuck Road, Andover