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2019 Multimodal and Transit Summit

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Transportation is the lifeblood of our state and we can move forward together.

The Transport Hartford Academy held the second annual 2019 Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit in collaboration with the CTtransit, Park New Haven, Go New Haven Go, the City of New Haven, the New Haven Coalition for Active Transportation, Yale University, and many partners across the state. We sent a clear message that multimodal transportation and transit are critical for an economically vibrant and sustainable Northeast Region.

The Summit was held on Monday, November 25th at Yale University from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm to reach transportation professionals, while also reaching non-professionals that we need to keep informed and engaged to move multimodal topics into daily conversations, policy changes, and state legislation. Multimodal transportation builds connections and increases mobility while preserving a world to pass on to future generations.

The annual Summit brings together local leaders, state legislators, transportation professionals, planners, engineers, construction firms, developers, students, and passionate citizen advocates to discuss the current state, known challenges, and the best future for our state’s transportation system. The Summit includes both APA and ITE professional development credits to keep planning and engineering professionals well informed and certified.

Contact Tony Cherolis (or call 860-247-3227) if you have any questions.

2019 Summit Resources:

  • Registration for the Nov 25th Summit – There were over 300 registered attendees for the full day of the summit with over 200 attending the keynote luncheon.
  • Nov 25th Morning Multimodal Meetup – An informal meetup for coffee and pastries was held ahead of the summit, and we were joined by 20+ attendees between 8:30 am to 10:30 am at Fussy Coffee.
  • Post-Summit Ciclovia / Open Streets Discussion – Tuesday, Nov 26th, There was a free breakfast with the New Haven Coalition for Active Transportation with keynote speaker, Charles Brown, to learn more about ciclovias and open streets events.  Here’s the FB live video from that gathering.
  • Results from the post summit survey – To make the 2020 event even better
  • CT’s Transportation Future Survey Results – Important for those planning for a sustainable, equitable transportation future in Connecticut

Luncheon Speakers

  • Luncheon Emcee – State Representative Roland Lemar, Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee and Majority Caucus Chair
  • New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
  • LB Muñoz, Center for Latino Progress, Board Member
  • Amy McLean Salls, Senior Policy Advocate and Connecticut Director at the Acadia Center
  • Matt Tyksinski, Urban Sustainability Program Manager, Yale University
  • Vicki Hackett, Deputy Commissioner of Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Keynote Lunch Speaker – Charles Brown

Charles T. Brown, MPA is a self-proclaimed “street-level researcher” working at the intersection of transportation, health, and equity. He currently serves as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. With more than a decade of public and private sector experience in urban and regional planning, public policy, and research, he has served as a course instructor for the National Transit Institute (NTI), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration, New Jersey Departments of Transportation and Health. Mr. Brown’s work has been published in several international journals as well as featured in the New York Times, CityLab, NPR, and various other national and local media outlets.


Summit Sessions and Topics

Multimodal transportation topics are inherently regional.  This Summit includes presenters and topics from the Northeast Region and beyond.

Presentations from the Summit (with Links)

These are the presentations in PDF format that we have the permission to share.  Not the same as being there in person, but still helpful. If you want to use any of this material, please contact the content creator to get appropriate permissions.


Nov 25th Schedule and Agenda

  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am – Pre-Summit Multimodal Meetup at Fussy Coffee, 290 Winchester Ave.
  • 11:00 am – Registration and check-in opens at the Lawn Club, 193 Whitney
  • 11:15 am – Buffet lunch begins, Lawn Club, 193 Whitney
  • 11:45 am – Seated program and Keynote Speakers, Lawn Club
  • 1:00 pm – Short walk over to Yale’s Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect
  • 1:30 pm – Afternoon sessions begin at Yale’s Kroon Hall
  • 4:30 pm – Mixer, Networking, and Expo in Yale’s Kroon Hall
  • 6:00 pm – Evening Sessions and Workshops in Yale’s Kroon Hall
  • 8:00 pm – Late Networking Meetup after the Summit at Olive and Oil, 124 Temple St.

Transportation – So Many Options!

Multimodal transportation options abound with CTtransit, Amtrak, Metro North, Shoreline East, and the Hartford Line commuter rail.  New Haven also has bicycle share. Summit registrants will get a FREE 45-minute bike share credit code.

If you are flying in for the Summit, you can take the Bradley Flyer shuttle to Downtown Hartford from the airport to link up to the Hartford Line commuter rail.  There are several New Haven hotels within walking distance of the summit venues.

  • Walking Circle Radius, 1-mile radius ~ 20 minute walk.  Yes, it will likely be cold out.  Please dress accordingly for walking the couple of blocks from the Lawn Club to Kroon Hall.
  • Rail – The Hartford Line Commuter Rail, Amtrak, Shoreline East, and Metro North can all get you to New Haven from many points of origin in the Northeast.
  • Notes for Bikes on Board the Hartford Line Commuter Rail – If you are thinking of bringing your own bike to the summit on the Hartford Line.  (1) Bikes are only allowed on board the CTrail trains, and not the Amtrak shuttles. (2) The last northbound CTrail train that allows bikes on board leaves the State St station at 7:03pm.  If you’re staying through the evening sessions, you may want to take advantage of the bike share free code rather than bring your own bike.
  • Bike Parking – There are plentiful bike racks at both the Lawn Club (near the School of Management) and at Kroon Hall (several options).  Bring a secure lock and don’t forget your lights for the ride home.  Don’t leave anything interesting on your bike, as this is a city.
  • Bike Share through Bike New Haven – All registered attendees will get (by email) a code for free 45-minute rides during the summit.  The bikes must be returned to designated parking racks. Conveniently there are racks at Union Station, State Street Station, and the intersection of Pearl and Orange near the Lawn Club. To minimize cold fingers, load the Bike New Haven app on your phone ahead of time.  Bring your own helmet, and the bikes have built in lights.
  • Bus Transit – Both CTtransit and the free Yale Shuttles (cool live shuttle location map) serve the area, including regional commuter buses.   The Yale Shuttle Red Line (detailed map here) serves both Union Station and the State Street Station.  The last return shuttle heads south from Kroon Hall area around 7:00 pm, an important note for anyone staying through the evening sessions that end at 7:30 pm.
  • Ride-Share – If fixed transit routes don’t work for your trip, you won’t have trouble finding ride-share in New Haven (Uber/Lyft).
  • ADA considerations – Both the Lawn Club and Kroon Hall are ADA accessible.  If you need any accommodations that we might need to plan for or have any questions, let us know.
  • Parking a car – You can park your car in the surface lot at the New Haven Lawn Club for the duration of the Nov 25th Summit.  If you are street parking, keep an eye on the meters and parking restrictions.  To help us reduce the greenhouse gas and air pollution footprint of the event, please consider if a carpool with co-workers or those from your town is possible.



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