Commuting Programs

HMS partners with CommuteWorks of the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO) to provide MBTA, rideshare, shuttle, walking and biking options in order to make commutes stress free and cost efficient.


MASCO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing Boston's Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) for the benefit of those who live, work, study or receive care in the area. Contact CommuteWorks at 617-632-2796.

Commute Fit Program

CommuteFit is a fun incentive program that rewards LMA commuters who incorporate walking, running or biking into their daily commutes.

BLUE BIKES - Bike Share Program

Bluebikes is Metro Boston's public bike share program, with over $2,500+ bikes and more than 260+ stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.  It's a fun, affordable and convenient transportation option for quick trips around town

Emergency Ride Home Program

CommuteWorks will pay to get you home in an emergency.


CommuteSwap allows you to leave your car at home and swap for a new commute option—risk free! If you are a drive-alone commuter with a parking space that is payroll deducted, you are eligible to enroll in CommuteSwap and put your parking space on hold for three months. You can either try the T and have CommuteWorks pay for it or try Workout to Work and receive extra benefits.

Personalized Commuting Assistance

CommuteWorks can provide you with a personalized commuting itinerary and identify your complete travel options for getting to the LMA, including information on commuter rail, subway, bus, shuttles, ridesharing, biking and walking.

Karma Commuting

As employees and students commuting to the LMA, we compete on a daily basis for scarce space on roads, public transit and sidewalks to find the fastest way to work or class. Every pedestrian, driver, rider and cyclist fulfills an important role in this community. The Karma Commuting campaign serves to remind us that when we all follow the rules, everyone gets to their destination more safely and faster. What goes around, comes around.

Benefit of Payroll Deduction

The cost of a Harvard parking permit can be reduced by up to 35% if it is paid for through automatic payroll deduction. The Internal Revenue Service allows employers to exclude the cost of parking for eligible commuting employees from state and federal payroll taxes. This means that when you use payroll deduction your Harvard parking permit fee is subtracted from your gross earnings before taxes are applied. 

Rideshare Loyalty Programs

We want to bring you continued opportunities to reap the rewards of your commuting choices and keep you informed and up-to-date on other benefits you have access to as carpool and vanpool commuters. 

Bay State Commute

MassRlDES' online tool that helps you find carpool matches and provides rewards for greener trips - and it’s FREE!

Hourly Car Rental

Get 24/7 access to shared cars parked on campus and thousands all over the world for a deeply discounted rate for individuals or departments! Simply reserve online, gain access with your Zipcard and drive. Rates always include gas and insurance.


A social network for sharing rides. Whether you have a car or need a ride, Zimride matches you with Harvard friends, classmates and colleagues who are going the same way.


CommuteWorks is dedicated to helping LMA employees find the most sustainable, stress-free and cost-effective commuting options. Joining a vanpool is a great way to achieve all of these!

Vanpool Subsidies

At Harvard, vanpools park free of charge and participating employees receive 50 percent off the cost of their vanpool on a pretax basis by purchasing Commuter Checks on the transit online ordering system. After accessing the system, select MassRIDES Vanpools or vRide – Vanpool from the dropdown menu. In order to receive a 50 percent subsidy, you must first email CommuterChoice or call 617-384-RIDE (7433).

MASCO Carpool Program

CommuteWorks is dedicated to helping the LMA go green by rewarding existing carpoolers and helping LMA employees create new carpools. Your ridesharing efforts can earn you up to $250 towards gas plus other great benefits and rewards!

HLC Carpool Program

The Harvard Longwood Campus offers a discounted carpool program to Harvard Longwood Campus employees commuting together.

  • All participants must be Harvard benefit eligible employees.
  • Two Harvard employees carpooling together will receive 25 percent off the total annual parking fee.
  • Three to four Harvard employees carpooling together will receive 50 percent off the total annual parking fee.
  • Payment for all participants must be made through payroll deduction.
  • Each participant is eligible to register for the Emergency Ride Home program offered through MASCO.
  • Each registered carpooler will receive one free day pass per month.
  • Registering for the MASCO Ride Share program may help you find a Harvard carpool buddy.