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Hanscom Commuters

All the information Hanscom AFB employees need to take advantage of many programs that offer transportation alternatives, reduce commuting costs and reduce environmental impact is provided here.

The Hanscom Commuter Program is administered by the Base Civil Engineer, Environmental Management Office, 72 Dow Street, Building 1825.

For further information, contact the Hanscom Commuter Program at 66ABG.CEIE.HanscomCommuters@us.af.mil, or contact Robert Spelfogel at 781-225-6145 or Robert.Spelfogel@us.af.mil, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TIP - Transportation Incentive Program
Transportation Incentive program is for military members and federal employees that provides financial subsidies to encourage commuting by public transportation and qualified vanpools. Each employee receives up to $130 per month to cover transportation costs such as bus, train, subway and vanpool fees. The subsidy is provided through a transit debit card issued to the individual.

For those interested in applying for the TIP, are asked to complete an application and return it to Building 1825 during normal duty hours, or by email at 66ABG.CEIE.HanscomCommuters@us.af.mil.

New enrollees usually receive their debit card and first monthly subsidy during the month following their application submission. Applications can be found on the Hanscom Commuter E-Board at https://cs.eis.afmc.af.mil/sites/Hanscom/commuter/default.aspx.

Hanscom Vanpool Program
The Commuter Management Team provides assistance with vanpooling through the Hanscom Commuter Program.

A vanpool is a carpool with five or more riders in which our partner, vRide, provides a vehicle, a gas card, maintenance and insurance to the group.

Massachusetts provides a $600 per month subsidy to cover a portion of the cost. That coupled with each employee's $130/month TIP subsidy often makes the commute to work completely free. As of December 2015, there are 48 active vanpools that operate from across New England to Hanscom AFB.

Contact the Hanscom Commuter Program for more information or visit the HanscomRIDES website at https://cs.eis.afmc.af.mil/sites/Hanscom/commuter/pages/HanscomRides.aspx.

Carpool Program (MassRIDES)
This state-wide program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. They provide comprehensive travel information and assistance, such as matching travelers to carpooling, van pooling, emergency rides home and other transit options. More information on MassRIDES is available on their website at www.commute.com.

Emergency Ride Home
Employees that participate in the vanpool or carpool programs qualify for free participation in the Emergency Ride Home program. This program provides each employee with up to four free cab rides home per year in the event of an unexpected emergency. The commuter arranges their transportation (transit, taxi, rental car) and is reimbursed for all costs other than rental car taxes, insurance and fuel costs.

Contact the Hanscom Commuter program for more information.

Alternative Commuting Rewards Program
Employees will receive rewards when they telecommute, walk, bike, carpool, take the train, subway, bus or work a compressed week. Sponsored by MassRIDES, this statewide rewards program is free to participate in and allows you to accrue points towards restaurant coupons, sporting event tickets, ski lift tickets, and discounts from local and national retailers. NuRide also provides measurements to calculate the money you have saved, the number of drive-alone trips you have reduced and your positive environmental impact.

Visit www.nuride.com for more information.

MBTA Bus Service
Bus #76 makes more than 20 daily runs between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., between Alewife Subway Station and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Visit the MBTA website for details.

Hartwell Area Shuttle
The 128 Business Council Hartwell Area Shuttle provides non-stop direct service from Alewife Subway Station to the Hartwell Avenue gate three times each morning and a direct return trip three times each afternoon.

Base personnel are eligible to ride this shuttle for $3 per ride. This cost can be offset by the $130 monthly TIP transportation subsidy offered through the Hanscom Commuter Program. For more information contact the Hanscom Commuter Program at 66ABG.CEIE.HanscomCommuters@us.af.mil.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Cambridge Shuttle
MIT Lincoln Laboratory has opened the Cambridge Shuttle to base employees on a space-available basis. This free shuttle provides direct bus transportation between the MIT Main Campus in Cambridge (Kenmore Square Station) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

For more information or to join the shuttle, contact the Hanscom Commuter Program in the base environmental office.

Telework Program
Telework is any arrangement in which an employee performs official duties at an alternative worksite, such as their home. Many positions are suitable for taking advantage of this program.

Employees are encouraged to speak with a supervisor or refer to the Hanscom Telework Program Guide for more details.

Flextime/Compressed Work Schedule
5-4-9 Schedule (Flextime/Compressed Work Schedule) Re-scheduling your work time to work 9 hour days and get 1 day off every other week (9th day is an 8 hour day) is a good way to reduce your commute time. Talk to a supervisor about the details of this program.

Bicycling
Whether you ride skinny tires or fat tires, you're welcomed on base. Just remember to wear your helmet. We want to make Hanscom a bike friendly place. In spring of each year the base participates in the Bay State Bike Week competition.

Watch for signs and news articles announcing the event.

E-Shuttle
This service will transport personnel from Hanscom to Logan Airport. The service is available for those on official travel, such as temporary duty requirements or permanently changing station.

Shuttle times for service to Logan Airport are Monday through Friday at 6:45, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m., as well as 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Pick-up locations on base include: Buildings 1305, 1600, 1606, 1614, 1624, 1630, the long term parking lot at Building 1103, base lodging and the swimming pool. For those traveling from Logan Airport to Hanscom AFB, shuttle service is offered seven times daily, Monday through Friday at 7:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m., as well as 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Travelers can make online reservations on the E-Shuttle website.

For more information, contact 66 LRS vehicle dispatch at 781-225-5830.

Base Taxi Service
The 66th Logistic Readiness Squadron provides an on-call base taxi that is available for those conducting official business on base. It is ideal for those who carpool, during inclement weather or where high-volume parking lots limit parking. No reservations are required for this service. The base taxi service runs Monday through Friday during normal duty hours. To schedule a pick-up, contact the dispatch office at 781-225-5830. Shuttle service is not available on holidays or weekends.

Helpful Links:
MassCommute.com
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
New Hampshire Park and Ride Lot Map
MassBikes
Massachusetts Traffic Camera

(Updated October 2016)