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First/Last Mile: Ensuring Transit Opportunities Are Shared By All

Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC)

As new transit options in Connecticut are coming online, riders who use them will enjoy increased access to employment, education, healthcare, vital services and recreation. Studies show that mass transit can help reduce transportation costs that now consume an average of 19% of household budgets. But while some riders will live within a quick walk of this new transit, those living farther away will need easy, affordable links from home to the station and the station to work. How can new approaches now being employed across the country, such as revised buslines and ride-sharing, help to close that First/Last Mile Gap and provide models for Connecticut?

Keynote Speaker:

Christof Spieler, P.E. LEED AP
Vice President & Director of Planning, Huitt-Zollars
Board of Directors, Houston METRO

Mr. Spieler, the “Houston Transit Guru,” pioneered the Transit System Reimagining initiative, taking a blank-sheet approach to redesign the Houston bus system to better suit the needs of the city’s residents. He is also a Senior Lecturer at Rice University of Architecture, and a member of the American Public Transportation Association.


Lyle Wray
Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
Featuring a demonstration of CCAT’s interactive JobTraCT tool, linking job seekers with transportation options.

Panel Speakers:

Charles Patton (moderator)
Senior Policy Analyst, Partnership for Strong Communities

Michael Sanders
Transportation Administrator, Office of Transit and Ridesharing
Connecticut Department of Transportation

Tanya Barrett
Senior Vice President, 2-1-1 Health and Human Services,
United Way of Connecticut

Doug Hausladen
Director, Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking City of New Haven

Matt Powers
General Manager, Uber

Event Details:

Friday, March 31, 2017 (snow date April 3)
8:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast & Conversation
9:00am – 11:00am: Program
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 

Register early as seats are limited.

Events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome! A donation of any amount at registration or at the door will help to defray the costs of offering these public events.

Due to the popularity of these events, parking will be limited.  Please consider carpooling or utilizing the public transportation system. CT Transit Buses 61, 63 and 69 all have stops close to the Lyceum. Also, CTfastrak's Sigourney Street Station is about a 15-minute walk to the Lyceum.

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