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Vanpools are an excellent way to get to work. Avoid the costly repairs and fuel expenses of driving and make a friend or two along the way. Though it means less independence or the inability to stay late to get that one task done, vanpooling can help you and the community. Emissions are lowered, and fewer vehicles on our overcrowded highways mean faster commute times and reduced need to park a vehicle on campus.

MassRIDES is a free program of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). This program is designed to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality and mobility by encouraging the use of commute options like carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, walking, bicykling, telecommuting, and alternative work schedules like compressed work weeks and flextime. 

To accomplish these goals, MassRIDES works with both employers and commuters within the Commonwealth to promote the use of commute options. (OPTION FOR CUSTOMIZATION - CALL OUT THAT VANPOOLING IS FOR EMPLOYEES ONLY). Through hands-on worksite assistance, ridematching services, marketing and outreach events, MassRIDES annually offers thousand of commuters and employers time- and money-saving solutiosn for a better commute in Massachusetts. 

Through the year, MassRIDES encourages greem commuting through tabling events where employees and students can sign up for NuRide. Additionally, the program plans statewide events such as Bay State Bike Week in May, and The Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge in September. 

One of MassRIDE' most-used programs is called NuRide. This free tool helps residents in Massachusetts find carpool or vanpool matches and provides rewards for green commutes. Create an account on the website to find someone to carpool or vanpool with, if you don't already have someone in mind to ask. For every green trip you log into the dashboard, you will receive points that you can apply to redeem discounts to local and national retailers. 

As Massachusetts' statewide commuter services organization, MassRIDES provides assistance to commuters, companies, and Transportation Management Associations throughout the Commonwealth. Not only do vanpools exist that are solely for one company, but many provide service to many local employees of other businesses, schools, colleges, and universities. MassRIDES can match you up with a convenient group geared to your schedule and locations.

Serving Massachusetts Commuters

MassRIDES' programs are offered free of charge to Massachusetts commuters and the business community.

A private, nonprofit organization, MassRIDES receives funding from the Massachusetts Highway Department and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

All of MassRIDES' efforts seek to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and maximize mobility.


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