NVTMA News & Press

Permanent Commuter Benefit Parity signed into law

Thanks to congressional action and a speedy bill signing, Permanent Commuter Benefit Parity has become a reality. The law allows permanent parity of the pre-tax payroll deductions for transit and vanpool fares with the pre-tax parking benefit deduction. The cap for all commuting modes increases to $255/month in 2016.

How Top Employers Are Getting People to Work Forum

How Top Employers getting to workTransportation for Massachusetts recently helped to organize a roundtable presentation and discussion on innovative approaches to workforce transportation, in collaboration with coalition members MassCommute and the 495/MetroWest Partnership and our partners at Transportation for America.

Attracting and retaining forward-looking companies, and tomorrow's workforce, will require the region to be smart about transportation solutions, competitive with other regions, and committed to the transportation needs of all workers.

This program was presented in Foxborough with the support of Lyft, Patriot Place, the Neponset Vallet TMA and TransAction Associates.

Thank you to Senator James Timilty, Representative Chris Walsh and staff from Senator Elizabeth Warren for attending.

Presenters included:

  • Paul Matthews, Executive Director, 495/MetroWest Partnerhip
  • Dan Krantz, the Kraft Group
  • James Corless, Director, Transportation for America
  • Brendon Harrington, Transportation Operations Manager, Google
  • Tom Ragno, King Street Properties
  • Melissa Tintocolis, Economic Development Director, Town of Lexington
  • Scott Zadakis, Director, CrossTown Connect Transportation Management Association
  • Keith Bergman, Littleton Town Administrator
  • Dean LaMothe, Director of Finance for E Ink
  • Astrid Glynn, MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator
  • Forrest Hanson, Lyft Commercial Enterprise Solutions
  • Kristina Egan, Director, Transportation for Massachusetts

Presentations are available for:
Video of presentations by: Read the Conference Program

Transportation for America Jobs Access fact sheet

Check the MassCommute Facebook Page for pictures.

Thanks to all who attended and supported this event!


CharlieCardsBeginning in April, the MBTA will provide monthly CharlieCards for commuter rail riders (replacing the paper tickets).

The MBTA piloted this initiative beginning in January and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Full roll-out of the program begins on April 1st.

More information about CharlieCards

Neponset Valley Transportation Forum

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 the Neponset Valley TMA, in partnership with MAPC/Three Rivers Interlocal Council, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the 495/Metrowest Partnership, held a regional transportation forum at Patriot Place in Foxborough to discuss the challenges posed by transportation gaps in the Neponset Valley region.

An overwhelming turnout from various businesses, state, regional, local officials, and stakeholders came together with representatives of transportation authorities including GATRA and MWRTA to share information and discuss ways to improve the transportation options for all users.  The event featured break-out sessions where participants shared their thoughts on the toughest issues facing the region. A major topic of discussion were the obstacles that exist with regard to traditional commuting, reverse commute, first mile/last mile, and daily needs.

Aniko Laszlo, Statewide Mobility Director, MassDOT and Tanja Ryden, Mobility Policy and Outreach Manager, Executive Office of Health and Human Services were among the presenters at the forum which served as a platform for the introduction and establishment of a Regional Coordinating Council in the Three Rivers Communities.   Eric Bourassa, Transportation Director at MAPC, talked about the Long-Range Transportation Plan and the importance of local input.  Frank Gay (GATRA), Cindy Frené (TransAction Associates), and Jonathan Church (CMRPC) conducted a lively panel presentation on both public sector and private sector approaches to “Last Mile” challenges.

With such a large number of the key state, regional and local officials and other stakeholders together in one room at the same time the result was a high level discussion of complex and important mobility issues. The Neponset Valley TMA sees this forum is a starting point in developing a more complete “3-C” planning process:  Conversation, Collaboration, and Communication.

View the supporting documents from the Transportation Forum:

Ride sharing revs up
By Steve Adams
Jun 28, 2008
Guaranteed Ride Home Programs; Giving
Peace of Mind to Commuters
(a case study)
March 2009


The Neponset Valley TMA is managed by TransAction Associates, Inc.
TransAction Associates, Inc.

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