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

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, March 31, 2017
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT

Hartford, CT, United States

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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?

This workshop's keynote speaker Christof Spieler is the Vice President and Director of Planning at Morris Architects and on the Houston METRO Board of Directors.  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.

Following the keynote the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies Featuring will demonstrate their interactive JobTraCT tool, which links job seekers with transportation options.  A panel with representatives from the transportation sector, including CT DOT, New Haven DOT and Uber CT, will provide their prespective on last mile strategies.

Planners will learn about:

o   The interconnectivity between access to transit, housing affordability, and housing choice

o   How employing smart solutions to closing the First/Last Mile Gap helps to reduce household budgets and ensure access to employment, education, healthcare, vital services and recreation to all income levels

 o   Insights on the implementation of solutions to closing the First/Last Mile Gap, including improved streetscapes, ride-sharing, revised buslines, and other new approaches

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Doug Hausladen

Douglas Hausladen is Director of Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking for the City of New Haven. He represented downtown New Haven on the city’s Board of Alders from 2012 to 2014. Before becoming an alder, Mr. Hausladen was an active member of the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition ... Read More

Lyle Wray

Lyle Wray has served as Executive Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments based in Hartford, CT since 2004. As director of the region’s metropolitan planning organization, has been involved in planning and advocating for transit and transportation in the north central Connecticut region where bus rapid transit ... Read More

Bruce Karasik

Bruce Karasik is Program Budget Administrator for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). Bruce provides financial analysis and project management support for CCAT’s military and State contracts. He also provides database support for a variety of other CCAT projects, including workforce activities that help manufacturers build their talent ... Read More

Lynn Raicik

Lynn Raicik is Lead Workforce Development Specialist of Education and Workforce Initiative, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). Lynn is responsible for programs and services that support the manufacturing talent pipeline including the CCAT Manufacturing Careers Program, the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP) and design and development of JobTraCT. Ms ... Read More

Jennifer Dierkens

Jennifer Dierkens is Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). She is responsible for supporting GIS related activities for several federal and state funded programs administered by CCAT, including the Office of Energy Efficient Businesses, which helps to provide direct assistance to CT businesses to reduce ... Read More

Richard Andreski

Richard Andreski is Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Public Transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. He began his career with NJ TRANSIT in 1999, following several years as a public transportation advocate seeking improvements in trans-Hudson rail service for New Jersey. In his nearly 17 years with NJ ... Read More

Matt Powers

Matt Powers is the Head of Uber in Connecticut. As General Manager he is responsible for driving Uber's strategy across the state including marketing, operations, public policy, and geographic expansion. Prior to this role, Mr. Powers led the firm's Driver Operations division in NYC where he helped to ... Read More

Christof Spieler

Christof Spieler, P.E. LEED AP is a member of the board of directors of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), a Vice President and Director of Planning at Morris Architects, and a Senior Lecturer at the Rice University School of Architecture. As the chair of METRO ... Read More

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