Commuter Rail Forum - February 9th
Please join the North Shore TMA and our partner  MassCommute on Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 A.M. for a private forum for TMA members and MBTA officials to discuss the proposed changes to the commuter rail schedules (anticipated to take effect in May 2016). You can view the proposed changes to the Newburyport/Rockport line here. Registration closes on February 8th and will fill up!
2016 ECO Awards: Now Accepting Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted through February 5th for the 6th Annual Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards, taking place at Fenway Park on Tuesday, March 22nd. The Awards recognize the best employers in the Commonwealth who provide their employees with superior commuting options and incentives. For help with your nomination form, please contact Al Marrone.   
Winter Bike Photo Contest
Do you ride your bike throughout the winter? Tweet or Instagram your #WinterBiker photos to @MCBikeChallenge or email them to
to receive an extra raffle ticket at the MCBC Bike Bash in May! Two lucky bikers will receive 5 extra raffle tickets if their #WinterBiker photos earn the most "likes" on the MCBC Facebook page!  
Results of Eastern Bank's "Commute Another Way" Program
From October 19th - December 11th, 18 Eastern Bank employees committed to trying a shared commute two times per week for four weeks in our "Commute Another Way" program there. Of the 18 participants, 14 are newly registered for continued incentive rewards through our Green to Work program.
Pictured right is Stephanie H. with her commuter rail ticket reward.
Transit Parity is now a reality for every commuter
At the end of 2015, Congress passed Commuter Benefit parity for all forms of commutes. Beginning this year (and applying retroactively in 2015), commuters can withhold up to $255/month in pre-tax dollars to fund their commutes to/from work. This applies to all transit and vanpool commuters. Biking commuters can withhold up to $20/month.  
Holiday Promotion winner
Congratulations to Craig B. of Eastern Bank for winning our Holiday Promotion. Craig was referred to us by another NSTMA newsletter reader and won a raffle for a gift card! We hope he enjoyed his lunch at Chili's!

North Shore TMA and NuRide - Summary of Accomplishment
Since 2010, the North Shore TMA has partnered with NuRide, a ride-matching database to help our members find carpool and vanpool partners. Since 2011 (the year data first became available), we have been able to compile some pretty impressive statistics. The North Shore TMA boasts 91 active NuRiders who have collectively recorded 29,000 trips, reduced the miles on their cars (VMT) by 469,000, saved $21,000 in gas and reduced the need for 2.8 parking spaces per average week day. Wow!   
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 9th
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Commuter Rail Forum for TMA Members
Monday, February 22nd
Board of Directors' Meeting
2:30 - 4:00 P.M.
120 Washington St., Salem

Wednesday, February 24th
Informational Session
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Axcelis Technologies
108 Cherry Hill Dr., Beverly

Tuesday, March 22nd
8:00 - 10:30 A.M.
6th Annual ECO Awards