Commuting

Overview

MITRE’s sustainability initiatives reach beyond our campuses and satellite offices. Maximizing our positive impact on the environment and reducing our carbon footprint extends to how our employees travel to and from work each day.

With options like flexible work schedules and telecommuting that allow staff to alter commute times to avoid traffic and reduce congestion, you’re supported in setting a commute that works for you and for our planet.

[Dashboard opportunity — Scope 3 employee commuting data from Normative would be a great way to illustrate the impact of the status quo/importance of alternatives. The messaging notes suggest being able to toggle between Bedford and McLean – can the data be filtered that way?]

Our best pathway to reducing the volume of Scope 3 emissions from commuting—and improving our carbon footprint—is through the efforts of MITRE employees. With your help, MITRE can move the needle on reducing commuting emissions through public advocacy, team-based action, and expanded bicycle and trail infrastructure that encourage low-carbon alternatives.

Creating Safe Routes

MITRE employees can use several bike trails surrounding our McLean and Bedford campuses to bike to work. The maps below can be used to plan your trip:

Bedford:

The sustainable commuting campaign team is working with MITRE employees to map additional routes in an ArcGIS format for easy, accessible, and interactive use in the near future. We hope to share that mapping with you soon—in order to build the best tool possible, we’d love to hear from you!

Connect with our campaign to share your preferred routes and get involved in building a tool for your colleagues to make the switch to a safe, carbon-free commute!

[mailto:gogreen@mitre.org]

Advocacy

Walking and cycling are the greenest ways to get from place to place—but without safe routes to travel, making the switch can be a challenge. 

MITRE is joining the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA), the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) to partner in promoting additional bicycle infrastructure. We are advocating for safer routes—from paved cycling and footpaths to designated bike lanes—to encourage commuting on foot, by bike or by scooter and to make these options safer and more accessible for our employees and the communities we operate in.

Carpooling

Personal vehicle use has an outsized impact on carbon emissions. Carpooling is one of the more straightforward solutions to addressing that—and MITRE is committed to exploring how we can best support employees looking to make the change.

We’re currently investigating and testing tools and strategies to facilitate carpooling for interested employees—and we’d love to hear from you about how we can best shape carpooling policies in the future.

[Potential comment form or email link to gogreen@mitre.org]

Electric Charging

More widespread adoption of electric vehicles will go a long way toward reducing the carbon footprint of personal vehicle use. To encourage early adoption among our employees, MITRE campuses include infrastructure that makes EV trips as convenient as possible.

In the near future, MITRE employees can take advantage of EV charging stations at our Bedford and McLean campuses that will be operational and accessible 24/7. (After hours, you will need your employee badge with PIN to access the stations.)

[Potential graphic— labeling where the charging stations are on campus maps. Bedford’s stations are located in the MITRE Center parking lot, and McLean’s are on the P1 level of the MITRE 2 garage and the P2 level of the M4 garage]

These stations are operated by Blink Charging and the Car Charging Group, which offers a transparent, interactive map showing station availability and the rates and station fees you can expect. 

Because MITRE’s on-site EV charging stations are operated by a third party, any questions, concerns or service requests should be directed to the stations’ account manager, Sylvia Gingell, at 510-427-3467 or Sylvia@CarCharging.com

Public Transportation

MITRE’s primary campuses are conveniently located close to public transportation networks to make this low-carbon—and low-cost—commuting option convenient for employees. Where public transit networks don’t connect directly to MITRE sites, free shuttle buses are available. Using public transportation is made even easier with a MITRE Commuter Benefits Program (FJ: Commuter).

The resources below are a good starting point toward planning your public transportation commute in Bedford or McLean:

Bedford

Employees can take regional transit buses directly from MITRE’s Bedford campus, or take advantage of the free shuttle service connecting employees to the Alewife MBTA station in Cambridge, which provides access to the Red Line and the 62, 67, 76 and 350 buses. 

On-site stops

MBTA The 351 bus connecting Bedford Woods Drive to Third Avenue stops on MITRE Corp Inner Road by the M Parking Deck.
LRTA The 14 bus connecting Lowell to the Burlington Mall arrives approximately once every hour—the stop is located outside the E and S buildings on the east side of campus.

McLean

Employees at MITRE’s McLean campus—and at MITRE’s Rappahannock and Polk offices— can access a free shuttle throughout the day between our sites and the McLean Metro kiss-and-ride parking lot.

From the Metro station, employees can access the Silver Line train that runs from Ashburn or Vienna to Largo Town Center in Maryland. Several bus routes are also accessible from the station, including:

Commuter Resources

General Resources

FJ: Commuter — Enrolling in MITRE’s commuter benefit program enables you to make pre-tax contributions for the year ahead. MITRE offers up to a $30 per month subsidy to eligible employees enrolled in the Commuter Benefits Program​.

Bikemap — This “freemium” app allows users to browse local routes, create their own, and compare with other riders in their area

League of American Bicyclists — Take the “Drive Less, Bike More” pledge, access a resource library that includes 2-4 minute courses on safe cycling and tips for every level of bike commuter, and connect with a community of fellow bicycle commuters and enthusiasts.

Bedford Resources

Commuter Shuttle — MITRE offers shuttle bus service between Bedford and Alewife MBTA station, making it easier for employees to commute to work using the T.

Check if you qualify for priority parking — Employees with fuel-efficient vehicles are eligible for special designated spaces located in the E-Building parking lot. Your vehicle may qualify if included on the GreenerCars list.

Minuteman Bikeway — Connecting Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge, the bikeway offers 10 miles of paved trails and connects to several other area bike paths.

Park and Pedal — This partnership between Bedford and several other area towns offers the free use of public parking lots for commuters looking to reduce last-mile congestion and emissions by cycling the remaining distance to their place of work.

McLean Resources

Metro & Interoffice Shuttle — Employees and campus visitors can take advantage of this free shuttle bus throughout the day, with stops at the McLean Campus, the Rappahannock and Polk offices, and the kiss-and-ride area of the McLean Metro station.

Bike Fairfax Interactive Map — This interactive  map covers the full area of safe routes and trails in Fairfax County, including details on pavement type and rider comfort.

Capital Trails Coalition — With comprehensive resources covering trail infrastructure across Fairfax, Arlington, DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, the Coalition’s maps are a good starting point for planning bike commutes.

Commuter Connections — Coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, this platform provides information on ridesharing, regional park and ride, and other resources for making your commute in the DMV as affordable and efficient as possible.

Virginia HOV Lane Rules and FAQs — Carpooling isn’t just better for the planet—in Virginia, it can speed up your commute with express lanes on I-95, I-395, I-66, and the Dulles Toll Road. Certain EVs and hybrids with special Virginia plates may also be eligible to use these lanes.

Smart Benefits Plus50 Program — A Fairfax County program that provides a $50 SmarTrip card to try public transportation. Full- and part-time MITRE employees who are not currently or have never been enrolled in MITRE’s commuter subsidy program are eligible to participate.

 

Before signing up, please note that all Civic Time hours must be preapproved through the appropriate channels—the opportunities above are suggestions at this time. As MITRE continues to expand employee engagement in water conservation and watershed preservation, we’re looking forward to hearing from you about the best possible programs.

Water Conservation Resources

The resources below offer a variety of strategies and suggestions to maximize your impact through water conservation outside of MITRE’s campuses—wherever you choose to start, there’s a wide range of steps you can take indoors and out to reduce your water use.

Resources