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