Bell Atlantic Recognized by Secretary of Transportation for Commuting Programs

Bell Atlantic Recognized by Secretary of Transportation for Commuting Programs

Event Marks the 20th Anniversary of CARAVAN for Commuters

October 22, 1998

Media contact: John Johnson, 617-743-3677

BOSTON -- Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Patrick J. Moynihan has recognized Bell Atlantic for its efforts to promote car and vanpooling to Massachusetts commuters.

Bell Atlantic was honored for promoting high-occupancy vehicle travel, and collaborating regularly with CARAVAN for Commuters, Inc., various transportation management associations and other employers.

The company was cited during 20th anniversary ceremonies for CARAVAN, a statewide commuter services organization.

Bell Atlantic has long been a supporter of high-occupancy vehicle travel in Massachusetts, and was an early advocate of vanpooling in the Commonwealth. Many of the company's employees are long-time riders in vanpools.

Three years ago, Bell Atlantic developed its commuter program in response to the Massachusetts Ridesharing Regulation. That regulation requires Massachusetts companies to develop a program to reduce the number of commuters who drive alone to work locations where there are 250 or more employees. Bell Atlantic actively promotes the company's program to approximately 8,000 employees in ten buildings.

The program helps employees find carpool partners, get a guaranteed ride home if an emergency arises on a ridesharing day and take advantage of regularly posted MBTA schedules and information to promote use of public transportation . The company also has a full-time transportation coordinator and sponsors transportation fairs and events to inform employees about their options.

Bell Atlantic is a member of five transportation management associations (TMAs) in Massachusetts: the Andover TMA, the Artery Business Committee TMA, the Lowell TMA, the Marlborough TMA and the MetroWest TMA. TMAs are independent, non-profit, consensus-oriented public/private partnerships that work on transportation issues in a specific geographic area.

CARAVAN for Commuters, Inc. is Massachusetts statewide commuter services organization. CARAVAN provides assistance to commuters, companies, and Transportation Management Associations throughout the Commonwealth. A private non-profit organization, CARAVAN receives its funding from the Massachusetts Highway Department and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. CARAVAN educates and informs commuters and business leaders on the cost, convenience, economic and environmental benefits of commuting alternatives through targeted marketing outreach.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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