A Better City operates two Transportation Management Associations in the Boston area: A Better City TMA and Allston Brighton TMA. The Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are non-profit membership organizations made up of employers, developers, and property managers working together to address transportation, air quality, and commuter issues in a defined geographic area. TMA services can help reduce the number of drive-alone commuters, minimize vehicle emissions, and improve access to transportation options.

 

A Better City’s two TMAs aim to enhance the economic vitality of the areas served by improving mobility and air quality through incentives, programs, events, and advocacy that promotes sustainable commuting. Key programs include Guaranteed Ride Home and Bike Check, along with other commuter subsidy and reward programs. Our TMAs also assist TMA members in meeting the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Rideshare Regulation and the City of Boston's Transportation Access Plan Agreements (TAPA).

 

 

A Better City

A Better City TMA was established in 1996 and serves the neighborhoods of Charlestown, West End, North End, South End, Downtown, Chinatown, Back Bay, and Fenway Kenmore. In May 2021, A Better City TMA’s service area expanded to include members formerly served by TranSComm TMA, which was established in 1993.

Commuters who work at any of our member employers, or live and work at member properties are eligible for TMA commuter services. To see the full list of A Better City TMA members, visit our membership page.

Accomplishments

2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

December 2021 -  As A Better City continues to leverage agility and innovation in response to pressing transportation challenges in the Greater Boston area, we are proud to reflect on the past year and the achievements of our Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in working with the Boston business community to reimagine mobility during this transformative time. The TDM/TMA unit of A Better City has partnered with member employers and properties in tactical efforts to optimize the transportation patterns of commuters and visitors alike, providing critical support to employers and developers looking to embrace climate-positive and socially responsible mobility choicesLooking ahead, the TDM/TMA unit is excited to step into the new year with renewed energy and to encourage and support our members to embrace a more sustainablefuture-forward transportation landscape.

 

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW

December 2020 - 2020 has been a year of superlatives, one where uncertainty reigns and one day's hopeful progress is blunted by the next day's frustrating step backwards. Through it all, the Transportation Management Associations have partnered with members to forge our way through this pandemic and adapt with resilience and resolve. We will find our way past it, but there is little doubt that commute patterns will be different in the future. Our work at the TMAs is to ensure our members have the most robust set of sustainable and safe options to choose from so that we don’t backslide into the crippling congestion and pollution that have defined our commutes for so long. We are grateful for the engagement of our members, without whom our collective impact would not be possible, and are excited to share details of our collective impact of this year. 

Allston Brighton

Allston Brighton TMA was established in 2014 to serve the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods.

Commuters who are employees of member employers, or live and work at member properties are eligible for TMA commuter services. To see the full list of Allston Brighton TMA members, visit our membership page.

Mission, Goals, & Objectives

Mission 

A Better City’s two TMAs aim to enhance the economic vitality of the areas served by improving mobility and air quality through incentives, programs, events, and advocacy that promotes sustainable commuting.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

  • To stimulate the development and implementation of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs by businesses, institutions, property managers and neighborhood residents.
  • To develop, promote, and implement transportation services that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by increasing the use of sustainable transportation options.
  • To provide members with the means to comply with state and local regulations concerning transportation and the environment; including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Rideshare Regulation and the City of Boston’s Transportation Access Plan Agreements.
  • To share resources and expertise in advocating, developing, coordinating and promoting sound TDM measures.
  • To disseminate information related to available and future TDM programs and initiatives, as well as emergency traffic and transit service directives.

GoMassCommute

Available to members of A Better City TMA and Allston Brighton TMA, GoMassCommute is a comprehensive online tool that can help your commuters discover new ways to get to work, connect with other commuters, measure the impact of their transportation habits, and earn rewards for their sustainable commuting choices. TMA members can access GoMassCommute through the mobile app for Android, mobile app for iOS, or web-based platform.

Need help registering for a network? Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

Commuter Services

After registering on GoMassCommute, commuters can access the full spectrum of programs and promotions available to them as a TMA commuter. In addition to quarterly promotions and events, TMA commuters have access to year-round programs such as:

  • Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH): TMA commuters can earn up to six free Uber rides home per year under qualifying circumstances. Please note – commuters will need to register for this program ahead of time to earn and use their free rides.
  • A Better Commute: TMA commuters can earn points on GoMassCommute for their commuting choices (including telecommuting!) and use them to enter raffles. Winners are chosen every month and each quarter for grand prizes!
  • Bike Check: TMA commuters can earn up to two $25 reimbursements for bike-related expenses every year.
  • Carpool Subsidy: TMA commuters switching from driving alone to riding in a carpool can earn up to three months of $15 gas cards (up to $225 total value). Finding a carpool crew is easy when using GoMassCommute's ride matching tool.
  • Express Lane: TMA commuters switching from driving alone to taking an express bus can receive up to three months of $50 reimbursements on their monthly pass (up to $150 total value).
  • Catch the Wave: TMA commuters switching from driving alone to taking a ferry can earn a $100 reimbursement on their first monthly pass.