Commuting the MITway
We are a bridge between MIT staff members and
-Awarded prizes on behalf of our Commuting Subcommittee and the Membership Committee at the annual Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon, held in Walker Cafeteria.
March 23- The Commuting Task Group sponsored a lunchtime commuting bicycle skills seminar on Thursday from 12-1 pm in 3-270. MassBike, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition presented the seminar, which included tips on choosing the right bike and gear, choosing the best route, riding safely in traffic, preventing theft of equipment, cycling at night and in bad weather. A question and answer session followed.
June 14-Sharon Westerfeld of the Office of the Dean for Student Life won an MBTA Combo T-Pass at the Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon held in Walker.
June 7-Katie Harris of Document Services, MIT Libraries, won an MBTA T-Pass at MIT's Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (Morse Hall, Walker).
April 28--Carol Niemi of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics won an MBTA T-Pass at MIT's Earth Day celebration. The drawing was held in the Stata Center, although there were events in several locations throughout the day, all sponsored by the Working Group Recycling Committee part of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues.
April 8--George Hall, from the Research Laboratory of Electronics, won an MBTA Combo T-Pass as a result of attending the Support Staff Open House and Spring Social Gathering hosted by the Membership Committee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (Bush Room, 10-105).
March 16--Kelley Brown, from the Department of Facilities, won an MBTA Combo T-pass at the Artists Behind the Desk Poetry and Writer Reading (Killian Hall)
Sept. 30--Daniel Guarda, a Mechanical Engineering major from the class of 2006, won an MBTA T-Pass from the Fall Transportation Fair (Lobby 10).
June 18, 2004--Julie Fernandes of Barker Library, Sonia Jones of Student Financial Services, Tatyana Lugovskaya of the Media Laboratory, Ave Rongone of the Medical Department are door prize winners of either a T-pass or PlanetTran Airport Service at the Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon
April 6, 2004-- Rita Del Prete of the Copy Technology Centers won our T pass door prize drawing at the WGSSI Spring Social
We brought to the Parking and Tranportation office's attention the need to repave the motorcycle parking area behind the MIT Press Bookstore in the Hayward Lot. The area had some cement, but the rest was dirt and stone. Motorcyclists had to bring their own wood to stand up their bike; now the ground will be flat and reliable. The work was done by Facilities, dependent upon the weather and scheduling in advance. A notice was posted a week before the work completed.
Our efforts resulted in approval to remove a section of fence in the parking lot adjacent to W89. Work was supposed to be performed in Summer 2003, but closure of the Professional Learning Center resulted in this work going uncompleted.
Desired outcome: When another department occupies this building they may need quick and close access from the parking lot to the building to carry boxes of materials. Currently a small gap separates the building from a metal post and is too tight for people to safely and adequately maneuver with boxes. Until the fence is removed and a pathway is made, occupants will need to carry materials to the entrance of the parking lot, located in the center of the lot, and walk down the street parallel with the parking lot, to the building's entrance. Facilities had a work order to remove this portion of fence, but the work was not performed following announcement that the Professional Learning Center was closing.
Begun in the Fall of 2003, we now provide information on our expanded neighborhood to assist our colleagues at work. We gratefully accept information about other web sites that are helpful.
A member of our task group continues to serve as representative to the Working Group, meeting semi-annually.
Suggested, to Mr. John McDonald, subsidizing parking at MBTA lots in addition to offering T-Pass subsidies to provide greater ease in getting to and from MIT at more affordable rates than parking at MIT offers. Mr. McDonald said that it could be done provided sufficient interest and funds to support it.
We continued to advocate for a pathway adjacent to W89 from the parking lot, calling upon our connections/associations with the Transportation and Parking Office. A request was issued from Larry Brutti's office to start creating the new pathway. See future plans/works in progress for next steps.
Presented Zipcar, an alternative to rental car companies, at a Chemical Engineering departmental staff meeting in December 2002 and followed up with questions I couldn't answer immediately.
Distributed the small maps this fiscal year. The pocket-sized maps are in their second printing, having undergone some changes as building construction was completed or addresses identified for their locations.
Our task group met with Mr. Larry Brutti, Office Manager of the Parking and Transportation Office, to discuss relevant issues including the move of the Kendall MIT Tech Shuttle stop.
Designed a web page for the Working Green web site, with a transportation options with an environment-friendly -friendly environment slant, at the invitation of the Recycling Committee.