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Everyday choices about how to travel to work, school, shopping, and other destinations have implications on local sustainability. Dependence on automobile travel, particularly single-occupancy driving, leads to traffic congestion, worsening air pollution,... Read More

Everyday choices about how to travel to work, school, shopping, and other destinations have implications on local sustainability. Dependence on automobile travel, particularly single-occupancy driving, leads to traffic congestion, worsening air pollution, and increasing carbon emissions. Reliance on driving impacts household budgets due to the expense of purchasing and maintaining cars, the cost of gasoline, and other incidental costs, such as parking and tolls. Congestion adds to commuting times, which reduces leisure time at home and has been shown to decrease physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness while contributing to higher rates of obesity and high blood pressure.

Devens, Massachusetts

Devens currently implements a Transportation Demand Management Program as part of its redevelopment efforts. This includes such things as reduced parking requirements for businesses that support other modes of transportation such as carpooling, biking and walking. Devens has also recently launched a shuttle service that links the MBTA Fitchburg Line... Read More

Devens currently implements a Transportation Demand Management Program as part of its redevelopment efforts. This includes such things as reduced parking requirements for businesses that support other modes of transportation such as carpooling, biking and walking. Devens has also recently launched a shuttle service that links the MBTA Fitchburg Line Rail Stations in Ayer and Shirley with Devens. The shuttle service also links educational institutions and large population centers in the region like Fitchburg and Leominster - connecting population centers with employment centers. Devens has also recently adopted a Complete Streets Policy with the goal of increasing non-automobile commuting options in Devens. These initiatives are also in-line with the Devens Healthy Communities Proclamation whcih aims to support development patterns that facilitate and encourage social and physical activity.