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Commuter Alternatives

MASCO Shuttle Changes

For the past several months overcrowding on the Ruggles and JFK MASCO shuttles has increasingly become a problem.

In the interest of providing more reliable and comfortable service to riders a few changes will be implemented on the Ruggles and JFK/U-Mass shuttle routes.

Beginning June 9th all JFK and Ruggles Shuttle riders will be asked to present their Institutional ID for access to the shuttles. Please remember to carry your Simmons ID with you for continued access to the shuttles. MASCO members, including Simmons, contribute to the cost of the shuttles.  Limiting access to member institutions will ensure space for all eligible riders.

Additionally, the JFK/U-Mass shuttle route during the AM period will be reversed starting on June 9th. Trial runs of a reversed route resulted in reduced trip times, which will result in improved on-time performance, and shorter travel times for the majority of riders. If you currently take the JFK shuttle to the stop in front of Lefavour you will experience longer travel times. Please keep in mind that riders traveling to Simmons may also conveniently get off the bus at the Ruggles & Huntington stop or Huntington & Longwood Ave stop. Please refer to this map for the reversed route and the new stop locations.

If you ride either of these shuttles, we would like your feedback as these changes are implemented. Please contact Sara Smith at sara.smith@simmons.edu or 617-521-2244.

Please find complete commuting information below and through the linked resources.

Train & Bus Options

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) maintains an extensive network of trains, buses, trolleys, and commuter trains. Schedules are available on http:www.mbta.com/. Information about purchasing MBTA passes from Simmons College is available on our MBTA Passes page.

The Medical and Academic Scientific Community Organization (MASCO) provides several shuttle buses between the Longwood Medical Area and nearby train stops. Schedules are available from MASCO.

Please be aware that there are MBTA buses from Avenue Louis Pasteur that run to Ruggles on a regular basis. MBTA buses #8, #19, #47, CT-2, and CT-3 all stop outside Lefavour on Avenue Louis Pasteur and go to Ruggles. The #8 and #19 run well into the evening. Click here for more information about our bus and train options. For more information about how often and late the MBTA buses run please click here.

MBTA Passes

MBTA Passes are available through discounted pre-order programs. Click here for more information.

CommuteWorks Program provided by MASCO

CommuteWorks, a service provided by MASCO provides information on commuting alternatives for employees and students of member institutions in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA).

As the Transportation Management Association (TMA) for the LMA, CommuteWorks helps area employees and students better plan their commutes by informing them about MBTA, ridesharing, shuttle, and walking/biking options available while also operating free incentive programs like CommuteFit, Emergency Ride Home, and the Longwood T-Party.

Some highlights of the commuting alternatives available through the CommuteWorks program are

In addition, CommuteFit is a fun incentive program that rewards LMA commuters who incorporate walking, running, or biking into their daily commutes.

The goal of the program is to reduce vehicle miles traveled and improve personal health by encouraging walking and biking as a part of your daily commutes. Anytime you use your own muscle power for transportation you can can keep track of those miles and submit your monthly totals to CommuteWorks and automatically be eligible for a monthly drawing for 1 of 3 $50 gift cards.

Park Your Bicycle On Campus

Simmons is located in a perfect area for bike riding for pleasure and commuting. Simmons bike racks are located in the following locations on the Academic Campus:

  • At entrance to academic quad on Avenue Louis Pasteur
  • Adjacent to Park Science Center (East Side)
  • North side of One Palace Road building (near Shipping/Receiving area)
  • Adjacent to SOM and Academic Building along driveway exiting to Palace Road

On the Residence Campus, bike racks are located in the following locations:

  • Adjacent to Bartol Hall
  • On patio between Alumnae Hall and Holmes Sports Center

Please see the Bike Rack Map.

Bikes may not be brought into offices or left in hallways, lounges, or other public places because they create a fire hazard. Bikes may not be locked to handrails or fences on either campus. Bikes left in unauthorized places will be considered abandoned and turned over to Public Safety. Storing bikes in student rooms during the academic year is discouraged, and must be agreed upon by all roommates. U-locks are highly recommended for securing all bikes.

Hubway

Hubway bicycles are available for rent at many locations near both of the Simmons campuses. Please visit their website for pricing and location information http://www.thehubway.com/.

Carpooling

The MASCO Commuteworks' Ridematching Program will help you join or create a carpool or vanpool by introducing you to commuters who live near you and commute to this area.

Walking and Jogging

Students and employees who live close enough to walk or jog may find maps available on Google and MapQuest useful for their first trips to the campus.

Students and employees who live close enough to walk or jog may find maps available on and useful for their first trips to the campus.

Zipcar

Zipcar provides hourly rentals of cars conveniently located throughout the Boston area. Zipcar has partnered with Simmons College to locate a Zipcar for our students and employees in the MCB parking lot next to the One Palace Road building. Simmons students and employees are provided a discounted membership rate by Zipcar but applicants must be over 21 years of age to apply. Further information and an application can be found on Zipcar's Simmons web page.

NuRide

The Campus Card Office wanted to let you know about a free and highly flexible service that could help you find a carpool partner and also receive rewards for taking greener trips, which include carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, telecommuting and taking public transportation. It's called NuRide and it's a free online service. With NuRide, users can find other commuters sharing their commute and also log their green commutes to accumulate points. Points can be redeemed at local businesses and attractions. To learn more and see who's already "NuRiding" in your area visit www.nuride.com.  If you have any questions, please contact commute@simmons.edu.

ECO AWARD

Simmons College has received an Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation every year, since its inception in 2011. The College is committed to providing safe and reliable commuting alternatives to community members while promoting healthy ways to travel to campus.

CITY OF BOSTON BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD

The City of Boston recognized Simmons College as a Bronze Level Bike Friendly Business in 2013 for offering bike friendly facilities, services, and benefits to our community.

Location

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Room E008
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Contact

617-521-2244
commute@simmons.edu

Hours

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

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