FRAMINGHAM – Traffic is a major issue in MetroWest and Framingham, and the morning and afternoon commutes are not easy to and from Framingham.
To help employees to get to work, the MetroWest/495 Transportation Management Association and LimoLiner Inc. have launched MetroWest Express, the region’s first ever premium, express shuttle service from Boston (BackBay) direct to Framingham-based employers.
MetroWest Express is a partnership between the MetroWest Transportation Management Association and LimoLiner LLC, with the cooperation and support of the the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, the City of Boston,the City of Framingham and the corporations of the Tech Circle.
The MetroWest Express provides “reverse commuters” with direct access to major employers in the Framingham Tech Park and 9/90 Corporate Center, including: Bose, Sanofi, Sheraton, Staples, Bowditch and Dewey, etc.
Framingham-based commuters will have the opportunity to ride directly into Boston from the Park & Ride lot on Route 9 East at MassPike Exit 12.
“The MetroWest Express is a truly collaborative project. The MW/495 TMA worked with large employers, City of Framingham officials, the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, and Limoliner to create a unique commuting experience,” said MetroWest/495 Transportation Management Association Executive Director Stephanie Hirshon.
“This launch provides a valuable service to locally-based employers trying to attract and retain employees living in the city. The MetroWest Express complements reverse commute options provided by the MBTA and the MWRTA,” said MetroWest Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Joseph. “With reserved seats and amenities like wifi and beverage service, the bus will provide a mobile work environment. This service will not only help ease local traffic congestion, but will enable employees to use their commuting time as productive working time.”
“The MetroWest Express provides a solution for employees who want to ride to and from work efficiently and be productive on the bus. Employers can reach out to prospects and current employees living in the Greater Boston area and provide direct access to worksite location in MetroWest; supporting recruiting and retention goals,” said Hirshon. “The service will also alleviate congestion in the region and reduce the burden on our side streets and residential areas. The bus is a safe and efficient reverse-commute solution for the region.”
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka, members of the MetroWest Legislative delegation, as well as local officials and business representatives attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of MetroWest Express Tuesday morning, August 7, with the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.
LimoLiner LLC operates and manages the coaches as well as the management of all tickets and passes.
The single-time fare is $11 for one-way. Children under age 14 may ride free with an adult.
The MetroWest Express is available to any pass (monthly, 10-ride, daily) holder regardless of schedule. Click here for a schedule.
The MetroWest Express operates ONLY on weekdays and observes all federal holidays.
You can show your purchased ticket on your smart phone.
Photos courtesy of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce