Share a ride, walk to work, telecommute, take the bus or ride your bike. Not sure how? Click below on the car, walking, telecommuting, bus and bicycling symbols to find out what alternative transportation services are available in the Monadnock Region.
Committing to commute by alternative transportation will make you happier and healthier!
You can also save a lot of money. Consider the expense of gas and car maintenance. American households spent about $8,500 on average last year on their household vehicles alone. Imagine saving even half of that each year by using alternative commuting options and applying that money towards other life needs like vacation, education or retirement savings!
Finally, sustainable commuting options shrink your carbon footprint for a cleaner, greener region.
So, do your part by commuting smart!
Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) promotes the use and availability of alternative transportation options in the Monadnock Region of NH. Our members and affiliates commute smart as much as possible. Join us!
Whether you network with colleagues to form a carpool/vanpool network or join a rideshare program that connects you with others in the Region looking to share rides, you can cut driving costs by at least half, reduce traffic congestion and potentially save time! Looking for someone to carpool with and wondering how to get started? First, you will need to create an account with the NH Rideshare Portal. Accounts within the portal are confidential and only the contact information you choose will be distributed to other users looking for carpooling matches.
Once your account is created, you will need to submit your commuting route and preferences to be matched up with other commuters in your area. You then have the choice to contact who you’d like to commute with and see if they’re a good fit.
For more information about Rideshare benefits visit http://www.mastnh.org/rideshare.
Need access to a volunteer driver program?
Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC)
CVTC creates, coordinates and delivers transportation solutions to the Monadnock Region, by serving 31 communities in the Monadnock Region. Since 2009, no-fee rides are provided to those without a vehicle or access to transportation because of their age, ability, income, and/or life circumstance. A corps of volunteer drivers provides transportation to non-emergency medical and social service appointments, for grocery shopping, trips to the pharmacy and other essential appointments. Using their own vehicles, drivers donate their time and may choose to be reimbursed for mileage.
Contact CVTC to get a ride or to learn more about becoming a Volunteer Driver by calling 1-877-428-2882 ext. 5.
Walking for part or all of your commute is a great way to save money, help the environment, reduce stress and make our communities more livable. You’ll spend less time sitting in your car and more time being active outdoors. You may find there are many short trips in your day-to-day that can be done without your car. Give it a try!
Several Monadnock Region communities are actively promoting walking by expanding their sidewalk infrastructure and improving sidewalk maintenance including recent improvements in Bennington, Dublin, Keene, Hancock, Peterborough, Swanzey, Troy and Winchester. Currently, eight communities in the Region—Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, and Winchester—have adopted or are in the process of developing local Complete Streets policies to make sure their communities are more walkable. These communities are also working on ways to make rural roads, where sidewalks are not practical, safer for pedestrians. The effort is supported by technical assistance from Southwest Region Planning Commission, MAST and Healthy Monadnock—all of whom are working to make the Monadnock Region the healthiest place in the nation by 2020!
For more information about walking benefits visit http://www.mastnh.org/bike-walk
Telecommuting, or working from home or a remote location, is an increasingly popular option that not only cuts all costs and time spent on commuting, but can also improve your job satisfaction and productivity. A variety of occupations that involve information management, research, accounting, software development, and design are often compatible with telecommuting. Whether it is every day, once or twice a week, occasionally, or in emergency situations, telecommuting might be the right choice for you!
Several Monadnock Region communities are looking for ways to improve broadband access and infrastructure, which will have a positive impact on telecommuting and access to a variety of services in the Monadnock Region. For more information about this effort visit, http://www.swrpc.org/broadbandplan. Videoconferencing, distance learning, and telehealth are just some of the ways today’s broadband connections can reduce your need to travel to work, to educational opportunities, and to other meetings and appointments.
For more information about telecommuting benefits visit, http://www.mastnh.org/telecommuting.
The Monadnock Region has some bus, shuttle and train options that are available and can be used for personal travel, commutes to work or for longer distance travel. Visit the links below for specific route, schedule and fare information.
Local fixed route public transit services are offered in Keene by Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services through either the City Express, Friendly Bus or Para Express. Local bus service is also available in Hinsdale and Walpole through Connecticut River Transit. These services connect to a large network of transit routes and options in neighboring Vermont.
Intercity bus and shuttle services are available in the Monadnock Region as well. Thomas Transportation offers its park and ride services to Boston, Manchester Airport and Bradley Airport seven days a week if scheduled in advance. Greyhound Buslines offers service out of Keene with routes toward Boston and New York City.
The Amtrak Vermonter has stations just outside of the Monadnock Region in Brattleboro, VT and Bellows Falls, VT.
For more information about transit benefits visit, http://www.mastnh.org/public-transit.
The varied terrain and beautiful scenery of the Monadnock Region make it a great location to go for a walk or take up cycling. Visit the links below for more information.
The Monadnock Region has a plethora of recreational rail trails and scenic bike routes. Maps of local bike routes, safety information, and group ride information can be found through the NH Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.
Several Monadnock Region communities are actively promoting bicycling by improving roadways for bicycles. Currently, four communities in the region—Keene, Swanzey, Troy and Hinsdale—have adopted or are in the process of developing local Complete Streets policies to make sure their communities are more bikeable. Each community is participating in a program called “Rack it Up!” which provides free bicycle racks to businesses and organizations interested in promoting bicycling customers and employees. The effort is supported by technical assistance from Southwest Region Planning Commission, MAST and Healthy Monadnock—all of whom are working to make the Monadnock Region the healthiest place in the nation by 2020! Several businesses in Keene are participating in Bicycle Benefits, a program that provides deals to bicyclist customers of area businesses that have purchased a $5 bicycle benefits sticker for their bicycle helmet.
There are several groups in the area that promote bicycling and bike infrastructure. In the Keene area, organizations such as Pathways for Keene and the City of Keene Bicycle/Pedestrian Path Advisory Committee, work to promote the development and use of public bicycle and pedestrian pathways in the City. Meet other cyclists in the area by joining the Monadnock Cycling Club. The club meets regularly during the week (typically starting from Keene) and is open to riders of all skill levels.
For more information about bicycling benefits visit, http://www.mastnh.org/bike-walk.
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