Boston pilots free rides for commuters in Main Street districts

Boston pilots free rides for commuters in Main Street districts

To support the COVID-19 recovery, MBTA is running a pilot offering preloaded MBTA passes and Bluebikes passes for the first 1,000 employees who sign up for the program

This pilot program will be phased over the next two months. Some people will be randomly selected to get an MBTA to pass with the full $60 right away. Others will get two cards after four weeks with values that add up to $60. 

Bluebikes pass-holders will be able to take as many trips as they like during the two-month period. Trips must be completed within 45 minutes to avoid usage fees. Riders are responsible for any fees and for bikes that go missing during their rental period, and there is no obligation to continue paying for the pass once the two months are over.

Employees in Nubian Square, Three Squares (Jamaica Plain), Mission Hill, East Boston, and Fields Corner will benefit from signing up for the pilot program because:

  • All five pilot Main Street Districts are served by either an MBTA subway line or Bluebikes. All employees in the selected Main Streets are within walking distance of a Bluebikes station, bus route, and subway line. They can take a bus or subway line or use a Bluebikes station without having to worry about maintenance or carrying a lock.
  • The MBTA and Bluebikes are safe, sustainable commuting options. Congestion is expected to increase post-COVID. It's a big issue for Main Streets' small businesses. The program incentivizes a safe and sustainable alternative to driving to work.
  • Fewer Main Street employees driving means more space on the curb for driving customers. Employees who drive often park on the curb for long periods of time. Providing employees with a sustainable alternative means those spaces are freed up for customers.

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