Muddy River Construction Project
The Muddy River Daylighting Project is underway with construction occurring along The Fenway and Park Drive between the Riverway and Avenue Louis Pasteur. The project is being managed by the Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, city of Boston and town of Brookline to reduce area flooding and restore the Muddy River to its natural state. The project is expected to also improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety at the intersections of the Riverway, Park Drive and Brookline Avenue. Starting March 1st, traffic and pedestrian access in the project area will be impacted by construction activities. For a summary of what to expect this spring, please see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "90-Day Look Ahead" of the project activities that are being planned. Additional information about the project can be found on the MASCO, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Muddy River Restoration Project websites. These websites will be updated as work progresses.
The Army Core of Engineers has established a project email address that people can use to write to ask questions regarding the project. The email address is MuddyRiver@usace.army.mil
For Muddy River project restoration construction updates visit the website at:
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 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
- Emergency Ride Home
- MASCO Shuttle Services
- Longwood T-Party
- Rideshare Program
- Departmental Bike Share
- Personalized Commuting Assistance
- Transit Feedback Form
- Zipcar Discounts
- LMA M2 Shuttle
- Commuter Calculator
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.
Simmons maintains a number of bike racks for students who commute by bike to campus. For many students and employees, bicycling to Simmons may be a pleasant commute, especially if you live near the parkways along the Muddy River. Please be sure to bring your bike lock for the campus bike racks. In addition, CommuteWorks' Bike Commuting Resources has more information for bikers.
Below is a list of the bike racks that are located throughout the Simmons campus:
- 12 Post and Ring Rack - Walkway between Lefavour Building and Park Science Center
- 8 Post and Ring Rack - Behind Science Center, facing School of Management Building
- 8 Post and Ring Rack - Outside School of Management Building near Palace Road Exit
- 8 Post and Ring Rack - Outside Main College Building near loading area
Each rack has the capacity to hold up to 72 bikes.
Hubway Bike Program
The Hubway bike program in Boston will open on July 28th with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city. Locations will include the Colleges of the Fenway, Kenmore Square, Roxbury, the South End, the Longwood Medical area, Allston, Brighton, the Back Bay and more. Hubway is a program under Mayor Menino's nationally recognized Boston Bikes Program that he launched to make Boston one of the world's premiere cycling cities. This program will make bikes available on an hourly basis for people to get around the city. There is a COF sponsored station as a part of this program which will be located on Avenue Louis Pasteur. Learn more about Hubway and become a member at www.thehubway.com. Join the Hubway community at www.facebook.com/hubway and on twitter @Hubway.
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 and useful for their first trips to the campus.
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.
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 the Campus Card Office at email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that Simmons College has been designated as a Pinnacle level award winner for its exemplary commuter benefits program. Last year, we received an award on the Leadership level, but due to our involvement in the Hubway program and the new bike racks on our residence campus we have moved up to the Pinnacle level this year! On March 29, 2012 Simmons College received an Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation at a ceremony held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This is a great achievement and Simmons College looks forward to continuing to support a variety of commuter options.
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