Share a ride, take the bus, telecommute, ride your bike, or walk to work. You’ll be happier, healthier, and definitely wealthier!
Consider the expense of gas and car maintenance. Getting stuck in traffic wastes fuel and time. Driving in bad traffic and weather causes stress. Sustainable commuting options shrink your carbon footprint for a cleaner, greener Upper Valley region.
So, do your part by commuting smart! Even if it’s just one or two days a week.
The Upper Valley holds several of the largest employers in the state and attracts a significant number of people into the area to work – many coming from up to 60 miles away.
For people who live within 2-3 miles from work, the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee area has many groomed walking trails, roadway bike/walk paths that connect to employers, making walking a healthy and safe commuter choice.
Walk and bike trails connect downtown Lebanon and Hanover to major employers such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth College, Hypertherm and high-tech employers. Other popular corridors are RT 10 from Lyme to Hanover, Route 120 from Claremont to Charlestown and RT 11 in New London. Some employers have bike and walk trails within their surrounding properties that are perfect for walking during a lunch break. Additional trails in the region include:
For more information, a trail-finder tool and maps of the region’s bike and walk trails, go to the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.
- Reduced parking demand and transportation issues.
- Increased timeliness of employees and unexpected departures.
- Potential tax benefits related to cost savings.
- Added benefits to employees at no cost to the employer.
- Save money on gas and maintenance on a daily commuter vehicle.
- Make travel time productive.
- Live a healthier lifestyle with additional exercise and less stress.
- Free rideshare matching service.
- Free transportation in case of an emergency.
- Reduce local traffic congestion
- Decreased air pollution
The UVLSRPC Region is directly served by five local public transportation providers:
Advance Transit provides free-fare, fixed-route public transportation services in the immediate Upper Valley towns and shuttle transportation services in downtown Hanover and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. AT also provides Access AT (a paratransit service), and AT Travel Training services to give people more mobility choices. AT is on Google Transit.
Community Alliance Transportation Services (CATS)
CATS provides public transportation services in Claremont, Newport, and Charlestown, New Hampshire.
Stagecoach Transportation Services & Connecticut River Transit
Stagecoach Transportation Services and Connecticut River Transit provide fixed-route public transportation services connecting Vermont communities to the larger Upper Valley employment region and shopping destinations in the UV-LS Region.
Dartmouth Coach provides daily transportation from Hanover and Lebanon to Boston and NYC. The Boston route also stops in New London to board and deliver passengers at the Exit 12 NH Park and Ride lot.
Over the past 10 years, much of the region’s transit ridership growth has been driven by three factors:
- A transition to free-fare services by Advance Transit
- Increased frequency on principal transit routes, including Advance Transit’s Red Route
- The extension of services to additional communities in the region, notably Claremont Area Transit’s (CAT) expansion to the Town of Charlestown
As a result of these factors, total transit ridership in the UVLSRPC Region exceeds that of many urban areas in New Hampshire.
Looking to commute to work by bike or go for a ride on your lunch break? The Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee region has dozens of trails to go for an energizing ride, and many connect to employers making them perfect for a healthy break or commute.
Some trails connect downtown centers, others run parallel to brooks, lakes, and state roads making them one of the region’s most beautiful resources.
One of the longest recreational and commuter trails is the Northern Rail Trail with 23 groomed miles of former rail corridor from Grafton to Lebanon, making it a popular year-round choice for bikers, walkers, cross-country skiers and more.
Additional Trails in the Region
For more information, a trail-finder tool and maps of the UVLS Region’s bike and walk trails, go to the Upper Valley Trails Alliance or go to NHDOT’s Map Index. A regional bike trail map from NHDOT is available online.
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