Overall, transportation accounts for roughly 30 percent of Boston’s emissions. One car trip less every week for an entire year equates to about 0.2 tons less carbon pollution in the air. If everyone in Boston decided to replace one car trip a week with transit or biking, we’d reach our climate action goals a year earlier and take the equivalent of 20,000 cars off the road.

The car is no longer king in Boston.  More and more of us are choosing not to drive–not just in Boston, but across the Northeast.  If you’re afraid of missing the bus, new smartphone apps can tell you exactly when a bus will arrive. You can also try Hubway bike-sharing, car-sharing services, and tips on driving smarter.

Here’s a list of resources for determining which transit option is best for you and your employees.

Car-sharing and Taxis


Public Transit within Boston


Regional and Northeast Transit

  • Regional Trains and Buses (City of Boston): Contains a list of Boston’s regional train and bus options. Before buying a plane ticket, think about taking a bus or train to other cities in the Northeast; for many urban dwellers, air travel may account fora huge proportion of emissions


Commute Options for Businesses

  • MassRIDES: The free state program for employers who want to encourage sustainable commuting options. Services include toolkits for alternative commutes and Emergency Ride Home, which allows for reimbursement for taxis or rental cars used in emergencies.

  • nuRide: A MassRides web app that connects employees with carpools.

  • A Better City Challenge for Sustainability: Boston non-profit, A Better City, hosts the Challenge for Sustainability, the largest sustainability program for large and small businesses in Boston, which includes ways to provide alternative commute options for employees.

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