Regional Alternative Transportation Guide

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Park & Ride Locations
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Why an alternative transportation guide?
Unlike many regions, ours does not have a single agency that provides public transportation (The MVRTA provides a number of public bus routes in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and one connection to Plaistow). Nevertheless, a number of options exist here for those who need to or would like to get around without the use of a personal automobile. The intent of this guide is to make it easier for residents of the Salem-Plaistow-Windham region to find out about and use these options.

     Using Local Services

    There are many area Health & Human service transportation providers, all of which vary in their schedules and the clientele they serve.

    These agencies have developed transportation services because many of their clients do not have access to an automobile or are for some other reason unable to drive.

    Several of these services are demand responsive, meaning that an individual may be able to call in and request a specific trip, and in some cases, to be picked up at home. Also, most of these services utilize vehicles that are ADA accessible All of these services have specific guidelines, so the first step is to call the contact person listed and relate your needs.

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     Using Intercity Services & Commuter Rail

    Many commuters choose bus or rail travel over driving because it allows them to reduce driving stress, accomplish other things on route to work, and reduce the costs and hassle of parking and additional vehicle maintenance.

    Because of the dispersed development patterns in the region, most intercity passengers "park and ride" - that is, they use their personal vehicles for the short trip to the bus or train station (another option is "kiss and ride" - a spouse or friend provides the drop off!). The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is working to facilitate this by constructing new and improving existing park and ride facilities. In addition, the MBTA is making parking at commuter rail stations a priority. Individuals who cannot drive or be driven may have a more difficult time getting to the bus/train. Because these trips are often short, a taxi ride may be affordable.

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    Carpooling or Vanpooling is often a good option for commuters who cannot get where they need to go using any of the regular bus or train services, or for those who simply prefer such an arrangement. New Hampshire and Massachusetts both have rideshare programs which include computerized ridematching services to any interested commuters. In Massachusetts, I-93 has High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes approaching Boston. Find out if your employer offers any incentives for ridesharing.

    Riding in a vanpool drastically reduces commute costs. Vanpoolers share gas costs, tolls, parking costs, and other expenses. Based on figures provided by the American Automobile Association, driving alone to work 50 miles each way can cost over $8,000 a year. The same commute in a 14-person vanpool can cost as little as $1,300 annually. 

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    New Hampshire RideShare


    MassRIDES (Massachusetts)


    Check for available seats in vanpools going to the Boston area at the MassRIDES website! 

    MassRIDES is the Massachusetts statewide ridesharing program

    Information includes: Origin(s) Destination(s) Time arriving in Boston/Time leaving Boston Driver/Phone


     Park & Ride Facilities

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation maintains Park & Ride lots in Plaistow & Windham which allow ridesharers in the region to meet at central locations convenient to NH 125 and I-93 (See Map).

  • Plaistow Park & Ride

  • Westville Road off NH 125

    Amenities- Phone, Lights, Shelter, Bicycle lockers

    Intercity bus service available


  • Windham Park & Ride

  • NH 111 at 1-93, Exit 3

    Amenities - Phone, Lights, Shelter & Bicycle Lockers


  • Londonderry Park & Ride

  • NH 102 & I-93, Exit 4

    Intercity bus service available


  • Epping Park & Ride

  • NH 125 at NH 101

    Amenities - Phone, Lights, Shelter & Bicycle Lockers

    Intercity bus service available


  • Hampstead Park & Ride

    NH 111 & 121A

    Amenities - Phone, Lights, Shelter & Bicycle Lockers



     Bike Commuting
    Many of the region's residents work in the community where they live, or in a bordering town. For these individuals, biking or walking to work is a real possibility much of the year. Bicycle commuting can offer the benefits of improved health, reduced stress, and cost savings to the individual; and the potential for reduced congestion and air pollution for the region.

    The Salem-Plaistow-Windham MPO is facilitating safe bicycle travel by working with the region's communities and the state to implement a network of safe bicycle routes, mainly consisting of four foot shoulder lanes on selected roads. In addition, the state is now installing bicycle lockers at many of its Park & Ride facilities, including those in Plaistow and Windham. Individuals using park and rides are now able to bike to their bus or carpool.

    Employers can also encourage bicycle commuting by providing secure storage areas for bicycles and by making shower and changing facilities available to their employees who bike or walk to work. Ask your employer what they would be willing to do to make bicycle commuting work for you!


     Reducing Air Pollution

During the summer months, many areas in southern New Hampshire, including the Salem-Plaistow-Windham area, experience unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone, commonly called "smog." Cars and trucks are a major source of the pollutants which form ground-level ozone!

Using alternatives to single occupancy vehicles is one way to reduce emissions from cars. Other steps you can take to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks include:

  • Combine errands into fewer trips and do your shopping close to home or work
  • Use radial tires and keep tires properly inflated
  • Keep your car tuned-up and well maintained
  • If you are in the market to buy a car or truck, keep in mind that a more fuel efficient vehicle will also be less polluting
  • Avoid jack rabbit starts and sudden stops, and don't let your vehicle idle unnecessarily.
  • Use gas stations with gasoline vapor recovery nozzles and do not top off the tank



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