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

As new transit options in Connecticut are coming online, riders who can 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 an easy 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 revised bus lines, ride-sharing and other new approaches to closing that First/Last Mile gap, now being employed across the country, provide models for Connecticut?

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 (directions:

Register early to ensure a seat as we expect strong attendance.

Keynote Speaker:
Christof Spieler, P.E. LEED AP
Vice President & Director of Planning, Morris Architects
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 Technologies
Featuring a demonstration of CCAT’s interactive JobTraCT tool, linking job seekers with transportation options.

Panel Speakers:
Charles Patton
Senior Policy Analyst, Partnership for Strong Communities

Rich Andreski
Bureau Chief, Bureau of Public Transportation
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

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