Tufts ERH program supports Tufts employees who use low-carbon transportation with a free ride if an unexpected emergency arises. It is “commuter insurance”for those who carpool, take transit, bicycle, walk or vanpool to work. Participants simply take a taxi (through Lyft) in the event of an emergency, submit a reimbursement request afterwards (within 30 days), and Tufts will reimburse the individual for the cost of getting home.
Who can use ERH:
An individual must first be enrolled in ERH and regularly commute via carpool, vanpool, public transit, bicycle, or walk at least twice per week. If you have a sustainable commute at least twice a week, register for ERH using this form.
Steps to Follow When an Emergency Arises, and you have commuted sustainably that day:
Arrange for emergency transportation beginning at your workplace, through the Lyft app.
Take the trip and pay for the emergency ride.
After your trip, email your Lyft receipt and an explanation of your emergency to email@example.com. (Your Lyft receipt is emailed to you after the ride is finished.)
Tufts staff will determine that this is a qualifying emergency. If they approve of the ride, Tufts will pay for it, and your credit card will ultimately not be charged.
Unexpected personal illness/emergency
Unexpected family illness/emergency
Carpool leaves due to an illness/emergency
Unexpected mandatory overtime
Rides to work
Personal errands or pre-planned appointments
Transit system delays/closures
Shift times that end outside of transit service hours.
Park-and-Ride lot or transit station where a vehicle is parked
Child’s school or day care
Interim stops are accepted if they are part of the emergency (e.g., child’s school then home).
Electric Car Owner Benefits
Tufts has two electric car charging stations on the Medford/Somerville campus that provide electricity for these vehicles free of charge. One station is located on the first level of the Dowling parking garage and other is located in the Cohen Parking Lot. Make sure you are aware of parking regulations when parking your car on campus.
Whenever you avoid using a car—whether you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take a subway, train, bus, ferry, or even work a compressed work week – you can earn 100 points per trip. Redeem the points for discounts or freebies at local and online establishments.
Tufts Boston and SMFA campuses are a member of A Better City Transportation Management Association (ABC TMA), an independent non-profit made up of employers, retailers, business owners, public sector representatives and others working to address employee transportation issues and improve air quality and traffic in the downtown and Back Bay areas of Boston. ABC TMA provides incentives and programs that encourage employees to take public transit, carpool, vanpool, bike and/or walk to work. Since Tufts Boston is a member of the ABC TMA, staff and students are eligible to participate in the following programs:
Guaranteed Ride Home
Receive up to 6 free rides home a year in case of emergency, unscheduled overtime, or illness if you use public transport, car/vanpool, bike, or walk to work at least twice a week.
Register to get a guaranteed ride home in a PlanetTran taxi (the nation’s first public livery service to use hybrid vehicles exclusively).
If you currently drive alone to work, the ABC TMA will provide you with three months of FREE transit on any MBTA express bus, commuter boat, or private bus carrier (Note: this offer does not apply to regular bus or subway services).
If you’ve been driving alone to work and begin commuting with at least one other person, the ABC TMA will pay you $35 per month for gas, for a total of six months. See “Ride Matching” to find a ride share partner(s).
When you join a vanpool, you can receive a subsidy from the ABC TMA of $220 over 6 months. Register to start.
Workout to Work
For ABC TMA’s active commuting program, people who incorporate walking or biking into their commute (even if it’s just to the local transit stop) can submit their miles each month for a chance to win great raffle prizes, like workout gear and gift certificates to local bike shops and outdoor stores.
Rewards for Sustainable Commuting
Get rewarded for taking greener trips! Whenever you avoid using a car—whether you walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take a subway, train, bus, ferry, or even work a compressed work week – you can earn 100 points per trip. Redeem the points for discounts or freebies at local and online establishments.