Share a ride, take the bus, telecommute, ride your bike, or walk to work. You’ll be happier, healthier, and wealthier!
Consider the expense of gas and car maintenance. Getting stuck in traffic and driving in bad weather cause stress. And, sustainable commuting options shrink your carbon footprint for a cleaner, greener Seacoast.
So, do your part by commuting smart! Even if it’s just one or two days a week.
CommuteSMARTseacoast, a TMA (Transportation Management Association), promotes carpooling, taking transit, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting in the Greater Seacoast region of NH.
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CarpoolingEverybody into the pool! The car pool, that is. When you carpool with a co-worker or neighbor, you save money, lower your stress level, do your part for a cleaner, greener world, and heck, maybe have some fun! There are plenty of people in the greater Seacoast region who want to dive in to carpooling. We can help you find them, then you decide if they are a good fit for you. The first step is to team up with another person or persons who live and work in the same area as you. In the greater Seacoast region, there are plenty of people who fit that description – and we can help you find them. Register in our free, no obligation, confidential online matching database. Or give us a call at 603-743-5777 x.109, or e-mail us through our Contact Us form. Check out 10 Reasons to Carpool
How do you get started?Our instant online database will provide you with the phone number and/or e-mail address of commuters who live and work near you. Looking at possible ride matches does not obligate you to carpool. You will need to contact the people on your matchlist to figure out the details of your ridesharing agreement. We have sample e-mails and phone scripts to help you get the conversation started with a potential carpool partner. If you do not find a match, please check back as new people join regularly. Also, you may want to consider broadening your search radius (e.g. increase maximum detour from 2 to 3 miles) or look for a match along the way.
Should you set ground rules?A happy carpool is a successful carpool. Getting everyone on the same page before the carpool is formed prevents surprises down the road. Check out our carpool tips to help you get started.
Still have Questions?Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions about carpooling.
CommuteSMARTseacoast is a regional Transportation Management Association that promotes carpooling and other sustainable modes of transportation. For more information, go to www.commuteSMARTseacoast.org or call 603-953-3176.
Get helpCall 603-743-5777 x.109 (M-F 8-5pm). Or send an e-mail to info@commuteSMARTseacoast.org
Thinking about teleworking?Whether it’s called teleworking, telecommuting, or working from home or a remote office, it’s one of the most desirable commute options in the greater Seacoast and across the U.S. Telework refers to work that is done from a location other than the usual place of business – for example, your home or a satellite office. Teleworking can be part-time, full-time, just occasionally, or only during emergency conditions.
There are numerous benefits to teleworking:
- Increasing your productivity (studies have shown 10-20%)
- Working at your peak times
- Reducing your commuting time and costs
- Reducing the stress of commuting
- Improving your job satisfaction
- Decreasing air pollution and traffic congestion
Is teleworking right for you?Successful teleworking depends on your personal work-style and type of job. Honestly consider the following to see if it would be a good fit for you. Your work characteristics:
- Social – If you tend to talk with co-workers in the office, you can get more work done in a less distracting, uninterrupted environment
- Well trained – You need to be confident in your ability to finish assigned duties and projects
- Work independently – If you can manage your time and work independently in the office, you should be able to do this at home.
- Requires little face-to-face interaction and spur of the moment decisions with co-workers or manager
- Can access information through technology and doesn’t need significant access to hard copies of documents
- Doesn’t require daily use of office supplies and equipment
- Has measurable work outcomes
Still not sure if teleworking is right for you?Take three minutes to complete the eligibility quiz and get your eligibility rating. Based on your responses the Online Eligibility Gizmo will determine if you and your position are a good fit for telework. Then you can make the case to your manager.
Make the case to your managerIf you think teleworking is right for you, here are some tools to help you make your case: teleworking resources page.
Hop on the bus or train!Taking transit is a great way to save money, get some extra time to snooze, read or text, and simply relax. Enjoy the camaraderie of other commuters in what becomes a rolling neighborhood community. Walking or riding your bike to the bus stop can become part of your regular exercise. What better way to enjoy a healthy lifestyle?
Looking for the bus or train schedule? Click here for info on riding the bus!
Transit Tips Click here to download the transit tips! (PDF)
Maps of COAST bus schedules and bus stops at Pease.Click for map of Route 20 (express from Rochester to Pease Tradeport), Route 40 (Portsmouth Trolley), or Coast Bus Stops on Pease.
Biking can become part of your daily exercise.Commuting by bike allows you to arrive at work energized for the day and clear your head as you ride home. If your trip is long, consider biking part of the way and parking your car. Or you can bike to a bus stop and put your bike on the bus.
Still not convinced?Check out 13 good reasons to commute by bike and the 10 Top Excuses. Not totally sure how to commute by bike? With a little planning about routes and safety, you can become a confident and skilled rider. Consider these tips for commuting by bike. Looking for a biking buddy? Register on our free, no-obligation database to find a match. By logging your bicycle commutes, you become eligible for the free commuteSMART club, which includes the Emergency Ride Home program and monthly drawings for prizes. Bike to Work Week All over the Seacoast and the country, people will be biking to work – for a day or all week in mid-May.. Find out more about this fun annual event. Bike Resources
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