Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2016 Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing its rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

  • Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or
  • Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

“Applicable commuters” are employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month.

“Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

For further details, please visit:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/programs/the-massachusetts-rideshare-program.html

If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2016.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

  • Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
  • Identify available commuting options
  • Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
  • Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
  • Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*For the majority of businesses and educational institutions this year is a long form year and a survey may be required.  Many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data and surveying employees and students a challenge. CAPACCIO has been helping clients for years by making this process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we have developed, CAPACCIO can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets.

For more information, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508-970-0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com

Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2015 Reply

As you may be aware, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing their rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

  • Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or
  • Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

The definition of “applicable commuters” is employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month. “Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

For further details, please visit:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/programs/the-massachusetts-rideshare-program.html

If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2015.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

  • Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
  • Identify available commuting options
  • Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
  • Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
  • Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*For the majority of businesses and educational institutions this year is a short form year so a survey is not required; however, many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data from employees a challenge. CAPACCIO has been helping clients make the process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we developed, CAPACCIO can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets. Please see CAPACCIO’s rideshare service sheet for more details or visit our website for our entire suite of services.

For more information on CAPACCIO’s rideshare services, please contact Dan Forsythe at (508) 970-0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.

Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2013 Reply

As you may be aware, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing their rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

• Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or

• Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters

• Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

The definition of “applicable commuters” is employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month. “Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

For further details, please visit:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/programs/the-massachusetts-rideshare-program.html

If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2013.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

• Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
• Identify available commuting options
• Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
• Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
• Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*This year is a short form year so a survey is not required; however, many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data from employees a challenge. Capaccio has been helping clients make the process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we developed, Capaccio can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets. Please see our rideshare service sheet for more details or visit our website for our entire suite of services.

For more information on Capaccio’s rideshare services, please contact Dan Forsythe at (508) 970-0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.

MassDEP Rideshare Program Stakeholder/Regulated Facilities under the Massachusetts Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) Reply

In April 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) held a meeting with rideshare program stakeholders to discuss opportunities to streamline the program’s reporting and survey requirements.  The MassDEP is planning to implement the following ten recommendations to streamline the survey and reporting requirements this year: 

  1. The reporting forms will be automated and converted into Excel spreadsheets.
  2. The current rideshare guidance will be revised in order to simplify the instructions and provide more relevant examples.
  3. The “vehicle use” question will be revised in the reporting forms and the guidance document for employers to determine the number of applicable commuters.
  4. The rideshare guidance will be revised to allow employers to use direct counts of commuters parking in garages/lots as drive alone commute trips.
  5. The MassDEP will allow flexibility on how employers conduct their surveys and capture other modes of commuting that may be otherwise missed during a specific target week. 
  6. The MassDEP will offer a series of workshops in October, November and December to help employers complete the rideshare reports.    
  7. The MassDEP will attempt to provide earlier notification of deficient reports. In addition, MassDEP will include a checklist in the report that outlines all key information and documents that are required for submittal.
  8. MassDEP will link to environmental calculators on the Rideshare web page that can be used as an optional tool to estimate environmental benefits from reduced drive alone commuter trips.
  9. MassDEP will allow employers to use the entire population of employees who typically commute during the work week or employers may continue to use the current methodology to identify applicable commuters. 
  10. MassDEP will provide a spreadsheet that will help employers estimate changes in mode shares.  The guidance will be revised to more clearly explain how the increase/shift in commuting modes can be reported in the reports.  

The meeting and changes were part of the MassDEP’s Regulatory Reform Initiative (http://www.mass.gov/dep/about/priorities/regreform/actionplan_final.htm). MassDEP anticipates that the changes will be fully implemented and made available on MassDEP’s Rideshare webpage (http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/approvals/ridesh02.htm) by October 2012 for the 2012 reporting year.   

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com, or Dan Forsythe at 508.970.0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.