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MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

T-Pass Program
Benefits-eligible employees who enroll in the Hospital's T-Pass Program receive a 40% discount on monthly MBTA passes. View Monthly MBTA Pass Program Rates. Payment is through payroll deduction and a portion of the cost is paid with pre-tax dollars. Employees who participate in the T-Pass Program cannot participate in the Monthly Parking Program at the same time. Enroll for the T- Pass program at the Parking Office.

Free trips from Back Bay to S. Station
Travelers will no longer have to dig into their pockets for a five-minute commuter rail ride from Back Bay station to South Station.
Beginning Friday, September 22, 2006, the MBTA is offering a free commute from the two hub stations in order to promote easy travel in the city. The T will post information about the free option on Orange and Red line trains.
There are 85 weekday and 60 weekend departures from Back Bay to South Station.
Contact the Parking Office at extension 5-6251 or stop by our office for information about lot locations, rates, availability, shuttle schedules and enrollment.
For further information, on the Hospital's T-Pass Program, visit the Parking Office website.

Shuttle Services

Free shuttle service is provided to and from the hospitals' off-site parking lots between 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. An evening shuttle is available from 8:30 p.m. to 11:40 p.m. Monday through Friday to the off-site lots and local MBTA stops. Refer to the Shuttle Schedule on the internal web for detailed information. The Security Department provides an escort service when the shuttle services are not running.

MASCO runs free shuttles for Medical Area employees from Ruggles station (orange line and commuter rail), from JFK Station (red line), from Fenway (green line), and to parking lots and garages. Schedules are available at the Parking Office.
For further information, on commuting in Boston and in/to the Longwood Medical Area, visit the MASCO website.

M2 Harvard-Cambridge Shuttle
For Children's research and clinical fellows:
This may be important to you if you have used or plan to use the M2 shuttle to travel from the Longwood Medical Area (LMA) to Harvard Square - for commuting, for seminars at Harvard or MIT, for collaboration at Harvard or MIT, to the Harvard Housing Office, the Harvard International Office, Widener Library - or other Cambridge locations.
Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have come to a mutual agreement regarding Children's use of the M2 shuttle. As a result, Harvard-affiliated staff of Children's Hospital will continue, as they do now, to use their Harvard ID card on the M2 shuttle.
In addition, as before, those without a Harvard i.d. can purchase tickets to ride the M2 shuttle at the CHB Parking Office. These tickets are currently available at a 50% discount for any Children's employee (the discount is $1.00 to ride one-way). This cost will be increasing to $1.15 per ride a.o. 10/1/06. You can buy single-ticket or ten-ride passes each weekday from 7am until 4:30pm.
Children's Hospital Shuttle schedule

Bicycles

The Hospital provides a bike cage for employees who cycle to work. This is a free service. The cage is located in the Patient/Family Garage basement level and is secured with a card reader that can be opened by using your Hospital ID card.

Zip Car

1. Go to zipcar
2. Click on “Z2B: zipcar for business"
3. Join an existing Z2B account
4. Enter name of organization/company: "Boston Children's Hospital"
5. Click on “Proceed”
6. Make your selection!

For detailed information, you can contact the parking office at ext. 5-6251

Parking—Children's Hospital Parking Office (internal link)

Free Parking
Free evening parking (6 p.m. - 10 a.m.), weekend parking (6 p.m. Fri - 10 a.m. Mon), and holiday parking is available in the Boston Children's Hospital Parking Garage (where patients park), directly across from the Hospital drive-in circle (enter from Blackfan St.) To use free parking, you need to obtain a parking pass from the Parking Office (283 Longwood, ext. x5-6251) before it closes at 4:30 p.m. and thereafter, at the Hospital Information Desk (not the security guards) before the vouchers are put away at 10:00 p.m. in the evening, by presenting a Hospital ID that identifies you as a fellow. Therefore, if you think there is a chance you will be called in late at night, you must obtain a pass in advance, as once the Information Desk closes, the security guards can't issue passes. Please note that you can get up to 4 passes in advance, but only from the Parking Office (Mon-Fri, 7am to 4:30pm).

Monthly Parking Programs 
Day Parking:
The Hospital leases a number of monthly parking spaces at local garages and parking lots and discounts the rate for employees. Benefits eligible employees can sign up for parking on a first-come first-served basis. Payment is through payroll deduction and a portion of the cost is paid with pre-tax dollars. Employees who participate in the Parking Program cannot participate in the Monthly T Pass Program at the same time. Waiting lists are maintained for lots that are temporarily full and open spaces are filled from the lists.
Evening/Night Parking:
Employees who work evening shift are eligible to enroll for payroll deducted parking in the Children's Garage.

NEW POLICY: There is no longer reimbursement. Therefore, if someone comes in after hours in the evenings on Saturdays or Sundays, or there isn't someone at the Front Desk who can help, you cannot be reimbursed. This means that you should get passes in advance, in case you might need to go into the Hospital. Please note that fellows can come in twice in one night. For example, if a clinical fellow is on call, and is called in twice, s/he can use vouchers both times.

HHMI employees are eligible for the evening/night/weekend fellow parking program and will need to pick up your coupons from the parking office which is open from Monday-Friday, 7 a.m - 4:30 p.m. They will not be able to pick them up from the main information desk as they will not distribute to someone without the title "fellow" on the badge.

Please let the Office of Fellowship Training or the parking office know if you run into any difficulties with this program by e-mailing Office of Fellowship Training or calling x4-2961.

Helpful Links/Information

  • Clinical fellows who are post-call after a 24+ hour shift can take a free taxi. Contact your fellowship coordinator or Tery Noseworthy in the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Department for further details.

  • CommuteWorks
    CommuteWorks is a service provided by MASCO and Children's Hospital to provide free information about commuting alternatives to the Longwood Medical area. For more information call 617-632-2796 or visit the MASCO website.

  • SmarTraveler
    SmarTraveler is a service provided to the community with input from community members. It includes information about Boston area traffic and MBTA up-to-date information. Visit the SmarTraveler website.


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