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Vol. 9, Issue 7, July 2017
Ride.Better.Together
NJ Commuters have a new tool to help them find a better way to commute, njrideshare.com. The new website gives commuters access to the largest commuter network in New Jersey where they can find carpool and vanpool matches, and other resources...
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Vol. 9, Issue 6, June 2017
Bike to Work Week Roundup
112 people took part in the GMTMA Bike to Work Week promotion this year. Participants committed to biking to work either individually or as a part of an employer team...
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Vol. 9, Issue 5, May 2017
GMTMA Announces SRTS Bookmark Contest Winners!
In celebration of NJ Bike and Walk to School Month, Greater Mercer TMA (GMTMA) announced the winners of its Safe Routes to School Bookmark Design Contest. Third through fifth graders in Ocean and Mercer County were asked to create a bookmark design that incorporated the phrase, “I like to walk to...
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Vol. 9, Issue 4, April 2017
Bike to Work Week Registration is Open!
Registration is now open for Bike to Work Week, May 15 19, and Bike to Work Day, May 19! The first 150 registrants will receive a Bike to Work Week tshirt. Registrants that log their miles at the end of the week will be entered into a drawing for great prizes...
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Vol. 9, Issue 3, March 2017
Complete Streets Workshop
Complete Streets focuses on making streets accessible and safe for everyone; when implemented they create more livable communities. On February 28, Greater Mercer TMA and the American Heart Association sponsored a Complete Streets Workshop in Ocean County. Close to 50 people attended the workshop featuring panelists from the American Heart Association, AARP, AAA Northeast, NJDOT, Sustainable Jersey, and more. The panelists provided...
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Vol. 9, Issue 2, February 2017
February is Heart Health Month
February is Heart Health Month a reminder for all of us to get more active, eat healthier, or take the time to destress. We can start by looking at how we spend our time getting to work, at work, and from work. Why not look into how to incorporate more healthy habits into that?...
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Vol. 9, Issue 1, January 2017
GMTMA 2016 Impact
2016 was a busy year here at Greater Mercer TMA. We have accomplished a great deal and we are looking forward to accomplish even more in 2017. Here is a look at GMTMA by the numbers:...
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Vol. 8, Issue 12, December 2016
Happy Holidays
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year from all of us at Greater Mercer TMA!...
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Vol. 8, Issue 11, November 2016
RideProvide Transportation Program Turns 10
GMTMA celebrated the 10th anniversary of its RideProvide transportation program for seniors and visually impaired adults at the GMTMA Annual Meeting on Friday, October 28. Guest speaker at the event was Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Executive Director. Bogren underlined the importance...
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Vol. 8, Issue 10, October 2016
GMTMA Launches Street Smart Campaign in Princeton
Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and the Princeton Police Department held a news conference with the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association on September 29 to kick off its participation in Street Smart New Jersey, a pedestrian safety initiative focusing on outreach and education designed to change unsafe behavior by pedestrians and drivers...
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Vol. 8, Issue 9, September 2016
Good Mobility is Important for Healthy Aging
September is Healthy Aging Month. We all need to have the ability to stay connected to our communities, healthcare, shopping and social opportunities. Healthy aging depends on it! How to help yourself or the seniors in your life:...
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Vol. 8, Issue 8, August 2016
Route 130 Connection Bus Prepares for Back to School With New Service to MCCC
On August 1, 2016, officials announced a new service to the Route 130 Connection bus line. A collaborative effort, shared by Mercer County, the college, and Greater Mercer TMA (GMTMA), the service enables Mercer County Community College students from Hightstown and East Windsor to get an inexpensive lift to the college campus in West Windsor...
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Vol. 8, Issue 7, July 2016
Breaking Down the Barriers to Accessing Healthcare
Over 50 health care professionals from around Mercer County attended the Connect to Transit Workshop on June 28, 2016 at the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Fitness & Wellness Center. The workshop was made possible through the collaboration of Greater Mercer TMA, NJTIP@Rutgers and RWJ Hospital...
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Vol. 8, Issue 6, June 2016
Bike Month Roundup!
More than 130 people took part in GMTMA's Bike to Work Week promotion. Participants committed to biking to work at least one day during the week of May 1620, many of them as part of an employer team. Together, they biked over 2200 miles in just one week! The Employer Team Challenge...
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Vol. 8, Issue 5, May 2016
May is Bike Month!
There's still time to sign up for bike to work week. Take the bike to work week challenge…change up your commute, clean the air, burn some calories, win prizes, get a free tshirt...
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Vol. 8, Issue 4, April 2016
Happy Earth Day!
April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day ? a day to raise awareness for the environment. Here are some Earth Day facts to inspire your commute: 26 minutes. Estimated average...
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Vol. 8, Issue 3, March 2016
Step into Spring. Ready, Set, Win!
With warmer days approaching we’ve launched the "Step into Spring. Ready, Set, Win!" campaign to get students back into the walking routine. The campaign includes a contest open to parents and their children in Mercer County and select towns in Ocean County...
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Vol. 8, Issue 2, February 2016
Love Your Heart!
February is Heart Month. It is a yearly reminder to check and take action to improve your heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in U.S...
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Vol. 8, Issue 1, January 2016
Happy New Year!
Happy and prosperous New Year from all of us at GMTMA!

2015 was a productive year at GMTMA. Take a look at our year in numbers!...
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Vol. 7, Issue 12, December 2015
Happy Holidays
All of us at Greater Mercer TMA would like to wish our members and friends a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to assisting you with your transportation needs in 2016!...
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Vol. 7, Issue 12, November 2015
Congratulations to all NJSW Awardees
Greater Mercer TMA held its 31st annual meeting and luncheon and New Jersey Smart Workplaces (NJSW) awards on Friday October 23rd. Guest Speaker at the event was Darrin W. Anderson, Sr.,PhD, Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and Associate Executive Director, New Jersey YMCA...
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Vol. 7, Issue 10, October 2015
What's Healthier than a Bike Fest at the Farmers Market?!?
GMTMA in partnership with the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids sponsored a Bike Fest last month at the Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market in Trenton. The Bike Fest included a bike rodeo skills course, helmet fittings, slow bike race, bike inspections, bike safety education, and GMTMA’s bike safety wheel quiz with...
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Vol. 7, Issue 9, September 2015
New Bus Service to Mercer County Community College
Starting this Fall, students attending the Mercer County Community College in West Windsor have a new transportation option to get to campus. The new MCCC bus makes connections between the college and NJ Transit bus routes at Quaker Bridge Mall. The new MCCC bus operates Monday - Friday and it is free. At this time only students attending MCCC can ride the bus...
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Vol. 7, Issue 8, August 2015
Walking School Bus App Launch
GMTMA is excited to announce the launch of its new app. The New Jersey Walking School Bus App will be available beginning around midAugust for both Android and iOS, and will help coordinate safe walking groups to and from school. The app will be available for all elementary schools in Mercer County and a limited...
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Vol. 7, Issue 7, July 2015
Do You (Or Your Employer) Qualify As A Smart Workplace?
Take our little quiz to see if you (or your employer) qualify:
  • Offer an informal flextime program?
  • Offer an informal telecommuting program?
  • Maintain a relationship with your local TMA?
  • Promotes carpooling, vanpooling, and public transit?
  • Provide bike parking?
  • Have an onsite point of contact for employee commute inquiries?
  • Hold a commuter information event at your worksite?
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Vol. 7, Issue 6, June 2015
GMTMA Launches Good Moves
A personalized transportation planning service for Mercer County and Ocean County residents, Good Moves is a free resource that will provide personalized travel plans, transit schedules, bike maps, carpool matching, and more...
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Vol. 7, Issue 5, May 2015
Celebrating the New Bike Tool Station
The new bike tool station at the entrance of Trenton Transit Center was inaugurated on April 29th, 2015. Mayor Jackson, GMTMA’s Executive Director Cheryl Kastrenakes, and NJ TRANSIT officials were present for the occasion...
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Vol. 7, Issue 4, April 2015
Bookmark Contest Winners
This year we had more than 20 schools participate in the contest and received 300 bookmark contest entries. Creativity was abundant making it very difficult to pick the winners. Just look at some of their artwork...
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Vol. 7, Issue 3, March 2015
Time to Plan your Earth Day Activities!
Earth Day is April 22nd. If you plan to host an activity let us know as soon as possible our dates fill up quickly this time of the year.

GMTMA is available to attend events and discuss employee commute options and how everyday travel choices affect the environment...
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Vol. 7, Issue 2, February 2015
Love Your Heart!
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is not only the number one killer among men but also the leading cause of death among women. We would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and encourage people to adopt an active lifestyle...
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Vol. 7, Issue 1, January 2015
Your TMA at a Glance
2014 was a busy year filled with dynamic programs and accomplishments here at GMTMA. Our infographic provides a look at some of our activities during the past year…a brief overview of GMTMA by the numbers. We look forward to continuing to implement programs that have a positive impact on our community in 2015!...
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Vol. 6, Issue 9, December 2014
Winter Weather Tips
December 21st is the first day of winter and even though we already had a little preview, the snowy days of winter are yet to come. With so many people driving this year for the Holidays, being ready for the winter weather will save you some trouble. This AAA checklist and detailed tips is very detailed and useful. If you’re dashing through the snow on a bike here are some tips for you...
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Vol. 6, Issue 8, November 2014
The importance of private-public partnerships to public transportation and the role of TMAs
This year's speaker at the GMTMA Annual Meeting was Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim, Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT. She was named Executive Director in 2014 and is responsible for the agency’s bus, light rail, and commuter rail network. She also oversees the agency's 11,000 employees, and capital and operating budgets of more than $3 billion annually...
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Vol. 6, Issue 7, October 2014
Be Safe, Be Seen!
Now that the days are getting shorter and it is getting dark earlier, please play extra attention when you are on the road. Drivers need to pay particular care to be alert for bicyclists and pedestrians who can be more difficult to see during low light tours...
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Vol. 6, Issue 6, September 2014
Time to Renew your NJ Smart Workplaces Application!
Nominations for the 2014 NJSW awards are now being accepted. NJSW awardees will be recognized at Greater Mercer TMA’s Annual Meeting in October...
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Vol. 6, Issue 5, August 2014
Z-Line Bus Service Update
The inauguration of the ZLine service last month brought media attention and the recognition that the new Zline bus and expanded NJ TRANSIT service is a great improvement in mobility for individuals who want to work but do not have transportation. A Trenton Times editorial referred to the new service as “good business sense and visionary public policy.” (Trenton Times)...
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Vol. 6, Issue 4, July 2014
ZLine Bus Service and Expanded NJ TRANSIT Service
There’s excellent transportation news for Mercer County residents - especially those seeking employment or employees at the Matrix Business Park at 7A and Hamilton Marketplace.

Greater Mercer TMA, working with NJ TRANSIT, Mercer County, Amazon and other Matrix tenants and partners, designed a new bus service called the ZLine that will meet NJ TRANSIT buses at Hamilton Marketplace and travel to the Matrix Business Park...
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Vol. 6, Issue 3, June 2014
FREE FARE DAYS: June 24 - June 25 - June 26
Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA) is pleased to announce new healthline routing changes for the NJ TRANSIT 655 bus route that serves Princeton and Plainsboro will go in to effect starting Monday, June 23 2014. As an incentive to try the revised route, GMTMA and the 655 Partners have arranged for the public to try the service for FREE on Tuesday, June 24, Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26...
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Vol. 6, Issue 2, March 2014
March 20th - 11:57 AM Spring Equinox
The Spring Equinox means new beginnings. Ask yourself,
  • Is your business a green business?
  • Do your customers and employees care about the environment?
  • How about - Do your employees want to SAVE $$?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above; and your office has not had us perform a Transportation Carbon Footprint Analysis...
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Vol. 6, Issue 1, February 2014
Have You Met That Special Someone Commuting?
If so, let us know – And you’ll be entered to Win! Love gets its own special day this month! Cupid's arrow can strike in unlikely places–and public transit is one of them. Love connections are made and soul mates are found on trains and buses and subways.
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Vol. 5, Issue 12, December 2013
Season's Greeting From Greater Mercer TMA's Board of Trustees &Staff
Please use our holiday transportation guide to assist you as you travel to enjoy the many festivities of the season.
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Vol. 5, Issue 11, November 2013
The Super Bowl Is Coming To New Jersey!
Super Bowl XLVIII kicks-off Sunday February 2, 2014 at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford. It is a safe bet the Giants (and the Jets) will be watching the game from the stands, along with a whole lot of other people visiting our region. Events for the Super Bowl begin the week before the big game, so you can anticipate that on the roads, buses and trains it will not be business as usual!

The information below can help you with some advance planning for your business travels:
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Vol. 5, Issue 10, October 2013
It's Not Too Late to Participate in Walk to School Month!
October 9 is International Walk to School Day and the whole month of October is International Walk to School month, and Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA) is inviting school administrators, educators, students, and families to celebrate this important month with us to help raise awareness of the need to get kids more active, to improve air quality and public health, and to make it safer for kids to walk to school.
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Vol. 5, Issue 9, September 2013
Apply Today to Be a New Jersey Smart Workplace!
The New Jersey Smart Workplaces program (NJSW) recognizes employers who demonstrate leadership by providing and promoting quality commuter benefits to their employees, therefore reducing congestion and improving air quality.
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Vol. 5, Issue 8, August 2013
Shop, Work, Play, and Dine: Let the 655 Bus Take You There!
NJ TRANSIT’s 655 bus route, dubbed “The Healthline” because of its service to the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, provides an important east-west transit option, connecting the residents and visitors of Princeton and Plainsboro to healthcare and so much more! Check out our new 655 bus web page to learn more about the service and about our business partners along the route. Where will the 655 take you?
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Vol. 5, Issue 7, July 2013
Rideprovide.org's New Look
Greater Mercer RideProvide is GMTMA’s community-based non-profit transportation service for seniors 65 and older and visually impaired adults living in Mercer County, Plainsboro and the southern portion of Montgomery NJ. This door-to-door transportation service, all in private cars, allows our growing population of senior adults and the visually impaired -- people who might otherwise be struggling with the limitations of not being able to drive – an alternative mode of transportation.
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Vol. 5, Issue 6, June 2013
Bike to Work Week Roundup
GMTMA’s Bike to Work Week event was a great success this year. We had close to 150 registrants – approximately a 10 percent increase over last year. Many of our riders logged a lot of miles during the week – seven riders rode 100 miles or more, and the great majority of participants rode their bikes to work more than once during the week.
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Vol. 5, Issue 5, May 2013
Greening Your Fleet
It’s possible for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to the environment every time their employees drive. Hybrid and electric vehicles, natural gas or biodiesel fuels are some of the options available for a businesses’ “Green Fleet.” From finding affordable and efficient vehicle options, to researching “green” vehicle choices, to educating employees on fuel-conserving driving techniques, GMTMA can help your business get on the right road. The less fuel you use, the bigger your savings, and the greener you will be! For more information contact Aly Dyson at adyson@gmtma.org.
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Vol. 5, Issue 4, April 2013
GMTMA Spreads the Anti-Idling Message
At the recent “Living Local Expo” sponsored by Sustainable Lawrence in partnership with green teams from Lawrence, Ewing, Hopewell, and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, GMTMA had the opportunity to talk with a broad audience about the wide range of issues associated with something that many attendees thought was harmless: idling your vehicle.
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Vol. 5, Issue 3, March 2013
Sign Up For A Green Fair Today!
Next month, celebrate Earth Day at your office by having GMTMA host a green transportation fair at lunchtime. We customize the fairs to your office's needs, and it's a great way to help employees learn about the wide variety of ways they can green their commute.
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Vol. 5, Issue 2, February 2013
Get Off Your Spud!
Sitting -- whether it's on the couch or in your car – leads to all kinds of negative health effects. Will you get off your spud and join the Tater Family as they journey from Car Potato to Active Spud in celebration of National Heart Month? Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the active transportation adventures of the Spud Family all month long!
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Vol. 5, Issue 1, January 2013
New Amazon Warehouse Provides Transportation Challenges, Opportunities
With the news that Amazon.com is going to begin operating a new 1 million square foot warehouse at Turnpike Exit 7A in Robbinsville early next year, the transportation challenges posed by getting over 1,000 new employees to their jobs is at the forefront of the project’s planning process. GMTMA is poised to play an integral role in this process. As we noted in our last newsletter, GMTMA is heading the Mercer County team that was selected to participate in the Community Transportation Association of America’s Job Access Mobility program. The group's efforts are centered on job access solutions in the Route 130/NJ Turnpike Exit 7A employment area. Other team members include the Mid-Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Robbinsville Township, RISE of Hightstown, Middlesex County Community College, and Mercer County. The group is actively exploring ways to put new transportation options in place to access the warehouse.
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Vol. 4, Issue 8, December 2012
Tackling Transportation Challenges
Last week, GMTMA’s executive director joined a team of Mercer County business and local leaders for a few days in Washington DC at the Joblinks' Job Access Mobility Summit. The summit brought together several groups from across the country, including teams from Iowa, Texas, North Carolina, California and Oregon, to work on designing customer focused transportation solutions.
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Vol. 4, Issue 7, November 2012
Hurricane Response
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the region’s transportation system. Trains, buses and automobiles were stopped in their tracks, leaving commuters and RideProvide clients with no way to get around. Even though our office was without power all week (a great argument for telecommuting), Greater Mercer TMA was able to assist commuters and RideProvide clients. Before, during and after the storm, we utilized social media, website updates and fielded telephone calls to keep travelers aware of the status of transportation in and around Mercer County.
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Vol. 4, Issue 6, September 2012
Greater Mercer TMA Team - One Of Seven Nationwide Community Teams Chosen to Participate in Job Access Mobility Institute
Job Links, a program of the Community Transportation Association of America, recently announced an opportunity for organizations around the country to participate in a new employment - centered transportation project called the Job Access Mobility Institute. The Institute will be comprised of a handful of teams from around the country, who will be charged with developing a specific transportation solution – one designed to overcome an employment - related mobility issue in their area. Recognizing the need to take on this exact issue along the Rte. 130 corridor and surrounding warehouse district in Mercer County, Greater Mercer TMA put together a team of organizations and applied to Job Links as the team leader.
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Vol. 4, Issue 5, August 2012
Nominations For The 2012 New Jersey Smart Workplaces(NJSW) Awards Are Now Being Accepted
Receive recognition for your programs that provide and promote sustainable transportation options.

Join your peers at our Annual Luncheon, Friday October 19th at the Nassau Inn when we present the 2012 New Jersey Smart Workplaces awards.
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Vol. 4, Issue 4, July 2012
Greater Mercer TMA's New Website Goes Live
We’ve launched a new website!

The site's NEW features include:
  • Interactive maps for Mercer and Ocean Counties. Includes bus routes, Park’n’Ride locations etc…
  • Traffic Alert Page for Mercer and Ocean County
  • Carpool and vanpool interactive classified section by company and municipality
  • Cost and emission calculators
  • Environmental information
  • School program resources

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Vol. 4, Issue 3, June 2012
Voting has begun in Toyota’s 100 Cars For Good Campaign
So far over 30 cars have been given away to non-profit agencies.
Our Turn Is Coming - Wednesday, July 25th, Day 73.
Greater Mercer TMA’s RideProvide program that provides transportation services for seniors and visually impaired adults is up against four other organizations on that day to win a Toyota vehicle.
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Vol. 4, Issue 2, May 2012
Greater Mercer TMA NAMED A FINALIST IN TOYOTA’S 2012 100 CARS FOR GOOD PROGRAM
Greater Mercer TMA has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Greater Mercer TMA’s RideProvide program was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.
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Vol. 4, Issue 1, April 2012
All Aboard the Walking School Bus!
Want to get kids in your town walking and biking to school, but aren't sure how to go about doing it? Get started by signing up for an upcoming webinar, "All Aboard the Walking School Bus: Walking to School in a Safe, Fun, and Healthy Way." The webinar will be on Thursday, April 19, 12:15pm – 1:00pm, and anyone with a computer that can play audio can participate.
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Vol. 3, Issue 12, Mar. 2012
New Commuter Programs and Assistance
Gas prices are rising, and once again employees are feeling the pinch at the pump. Who knows how high gas prices will go this spring, this summer…and if gas prices will remain high after Labor day? While we can’t reduce the cost at the pump-we can help reduce the cost of commuting. The TMA offers assistance with commute option programs including: carpool/vanpool matching and assistance and transit trip planning.
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Vol. 3, Issue 11, Feb. 2012
Greater Mercer TMA Member Spotlight – Princeton University
Long time member and supporter of the TMA, Princeton University is undeniably one of the region’s leaders in providing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs for its employees and students. Under the guidance of Transportation and Parking Services Director, Kim Jackson, the University has developed a comprehensive TDM program that encompasses an array of commuter alternatives to meet the University’s growing mobility needs and long-term sustainability goals.
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Vol. 3, Issue 10, Jan. 2012
NEW ONLINE - NJT Mercer County Local Bus Routes
Greater Mercer TMA has recently created Google Map versions of NJ Transit’s Mercer County routes to display on its website. The routes come from NJ Transit’s own turn-by-turn directions, affording the general public an opportunity to see exactly where the county’s buses go. Also, each map contains places of interest along those routes, along with the location of time-point stops as identified by the transit provider’s own timetables.
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Vol. 3, Issue 9, Dec. 2011
Failure to Extend Transit Commuter Benefits Will Favor Drivers
Employees who ride public transportation will face increased commuting costs if Congress does not act to extend the transit commuter benefit by the end of the year, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This will in effect create a disparity in the federal tax code in favor of the car driver.
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Vol. 3, Issue 8, Nov. 2011
Greater Mercer TMA’s 2011 Annual Meeting
On Friday, October 28th, over 70 business and government leaders attended the TMA’s annual meeting held at the Nassau Inn in Princeton NJ. After a short business meeting that included the election of Trustees to the Board, and opening remarks by TMA President Christine Cox and Executive Director Cheryl Kastrenakes, the keynote guest speaker Professor Joseph Seneca of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University addressed the group by providing the “Economic Review and Outlook for New Jersey”, highlighting Mercer County.
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Vol. 3, Issue 7, Oct. 2011
Greater Mercer TMA’s First Coordinated Stakeholder Meeting A Success
The Mercer County Coalition for Coordinated Transportation held a stakeholder meeting on Thursday October 6th, 2011, that was attended by nearly one hundred community members, each with an interest in the county's developing mobility system.
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Vol. 3, Issue 6, Sept. 2011
Green Commuter Rewards Program Launched
Greater Mercer TMA will be launching this month, a new commuter reward program that puts money back in their pocket. The new incentive program from GMTMA offers qualified commuters rebates for online purchases. Green Commuter Rewards provides access to over 1000 online stores, who in turn, offer rebates for purchases. The program is available to commuters who carpool, vanpool, use mass transit, walk or bicycle for 24 times over a 60 day period.
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