We offer innovative transportation solutions. And innovative transportation solutions mean reclaimed money, time and productivity.
As advocates for green communities and better transportation solutions, we plan and execute shuttle services throughout the Route 128 West Corridor and beyond, providing over 200,000 rides annually that connect major employers and residential communities to public transit hubs. While our shuttles are primarily funded by private business memberships, it is a manifestation of our core values that the majority of our shuttle services remain open to the general public.
The Route 128 West Corridor is one of the fastest growing regions of the Boston Metropolitan area. Our shuttles help to navigate this kind of growth by:
- Increasing individuals’ access to employment and educational opportunities, and increasing organizations’ access to potential employees
- Helping employers and employees reclaim the money, time and productivity stolen by traditional commuting
- Reducing the use of single-occupancy vehicles and improving the flow of traffic
- Improving air quality and reducing carbon output
However, we are about much more than just shuttles.
Our mission also extends to:
- Connecting members to a variety of other alternative transportation solutions
- Finding better ways to communicate the principles of equity and sustainability to a variety of stakeholders
- Inspiring environmentally-sustainable thinking and the creation of more sustainable communities
- Increasing the efficiency of buildings with LEED Certification and USGBC programs
In 1985, GTE Laboratories, Polaroid and The Nelson Companies jointly funded a transportation impact study of the area along Route 128 West, between Route 2 and Route 20. The study concluded that increased traffic congestion would negatively impact the region if traffic-reducing measures were not immediately implemented.
In 1987, two years after the study, 128 Business Council was formed to develop alternative transportation solutions and to promote the environmentally-friendly practices necessary to guaranteeing the vitality and economic attractiveness of the 128 West Corridor.
128 Business Council thus became the first Transportation Management Association in the Commonwealth and is now entering its fourth decade of service to corporate, developer, residential community and municipality-based members. Over the years, we have grown in geography and scope. Today, we are about much more than just shuttles, striving to serve as thought leaders for the planning sector through a variety of membership benefits & services; commuter resources; consulting & research; mapmaking & design; and educational outreach.
Board of Directors
Our organization benefits from the oversight of a diverse board of directors. Our current board members include:
- Douglas Waybright (Board President), The Nelson Companies
- Devra Balin, Town of Needham
- Peter Cameron, Marcus Partners
- Maria Higgins, Hobbs Brook Management
- Melisa Tintocalis, Town of Lexington
- Melanie Waldron, Boston Properties
128 Business Council and its staff are members of:
- American Planning Association (APA)
- Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT)
- American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
- Newton-Needham Regional Chamber
- Transportation Research Board (TRB)
- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
- Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce
- WTS International
- Youth Engagement Planning (YEP!)