2021 Multimodal and Transit Summit

Moving Forward: Greener, Safer, and Together

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On November 22, The Transport Hartford Academy at the Center for Latino Progress is organizing the fourth annual 2021 Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit. In addition to the virtual summit on Nov 22nd, there will be satellite events on Nov 17th and Nov 19th for in person advocacy, civic engagement, socializing, and networking.

Transportation necessitates cooperation from all of us whether we are users, officials or public transit operators.  The Summit will bring together transportation professionals, community representatives , academics, and officials with the goal of helping decision-makers plan a future that meets the needs of our society. We urgently need to transition to sustainable modes of transportation and those modes of transportation must be safe for all users. 

The summit will be held online on November 22nd, from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm EST (see our schedule of speakers below). We need your support to send a clear message that multimodal transportation and transit are critical for creating jobs across an economically vibrant, connected, and sustainable region. As we are on the road to recovery from the pandemic, we want to Move Forward – Greener, Safer, and Together. Together we will design what the future of North-East transportation should be.

We are in a moment when the issue of transportation is taking the national stage with the White House American Jobs Act. Investments to help us move on from the pandemic should not repeat past mistakes, such as highways dividing communities. Those very communities must be included in the decision-making process.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be paid online or invoiced. If you have any questions or ideas for the Summit, please reach out.

Contact for more information: Thomas Regan-Lefebvre, Transport Hartford Coordinator at the Center for Latino Progress, thomas_lefebvre@ctprf.org, (508)-863-9495

Professional Credits for Attendees

We are excited to partner with these professional organizations to connect their members to professional development learning and credits.

  • APA (American Planning Association): APA CM credits are available for summit sessions throughout the day. Apply by session here.
  • ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers): Three sessions with credits, 1.5 PDHs each. Instructions for recording ITE PDH hours.
    • 1:30- 2:55 pm: Infrastructure Plans
    • 3:05 – 4:30 pm: Electrifying Transportation
    • 6:05 – 7:30 pm: Streets for People
  • CCM (CT Conference of Municipalities): 3.0 Community Development Credits, for Certified CT Municipal Officials – Link with Info

Nov 22nd, Summit Schedule

Keynote: 11:00 am -1:15 pm

  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation 


1:30 – 2:55 pm. Addressing racial transportation and pollution Inequities: the state/evaluation of the field. The Northeast region has one of the worst air pollution of our nation. Meanwhile, those who are most affected by air pollution are the least responsible for it. How to answer this unjust situation?

  • Tenaya Taylor, Non Profit Accountability Group, Executive Director, moderator
  • Maria Cecilia Pinto de Moura, Union of Concerned Scientists, Senior Vehicles Engineer
  • Renae Reynolds, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Executive Director

3:05 – 4:30 pm. Mobility opportunities for rural communities: rural communities are undeserved by public transportation and face unique challenges to transition from polluting modes of transportation: what are the available mobility opportunities for these communities? Those modes of transportation could be new or upgraded modes (buses, shared shuttles, internet, & deliveries.)

  • Mary Tomolonius, Executive Director, Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, Moderator
  • State Representative Christine Palm, Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee
  • Michele Brooks, Vice President, TransAction Associates, representing National RTAP
  • Gloria Huerta, Carshare General Manager at Mobility Development
  • Joseph Comerford, Executive Director, Estuary Transit District

6:05 – 7:30 pm. City and Nature: Connecting to the Connecticut River through Cities – a review of how Springfield and Hartford are researching, designing, and revitalizing greener multimodal pathways, with respect to lessons learned from maintenance challenges.

  • Craig Mergins, Knox, Field Operations Manager
  • Mary Rickel Pelletier, Director, Park Watershed, Moderator
  • Kristen Sykes, Director of Southern NE Conservation Projects and Partnership, Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Greg Tuzzolo, Managing Director of Stimson Studio
  • Greg Poelker-McKee, Alena Conrad, Eli Grigorian, C. Joshua Holland, UMass Amherst Design Students


1:30 – 2:55 pm. What priorities for sustainable mobilities/funding priorities? Moving forward requires prioritizing certain modes of transportation over other ones. This panel will engage with ranking what should be immediate and more long term transportation investments (trains, Fastrak, buses, autonomous):

  • Josh Ostroff, Interim Director, Transportation for Massachusetts
  • Chris Porter, Principal, Cambridge Systematics
  • Kimberly Lesay, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Policy & Planning, CT Department of Transportation

3:05 – 4:30 pm. Electrifying transportation: According to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Futures, electric micromobility vehicles (scooters, mopeds, motorcycles and three-wheelers) comprise the largest share of electric vehicles on the road today. Changing gears for faster transition includes scooters, e-bikes, electrification, shared EV programs (see Boston program). 

  • Holly Parker, Active Transportation Lead, SLR, Moderator
  • Will Haskell, Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee, CT State Senator
  • Paul Mondesire, Head of Policy and Community Engagement, Superperpedestrian
  • Paul Vosper, CEO, Juice Bar
  • Marissa Gillett, Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
  • Creighton Randall, CEO, Mobility Development

6:05 – 7:30 pm. Multi-Use trails: connecting communities with walking and cycling trails. 

  • Laura E. Brown, Community & Economic Development Educator, University of Connecticut, Moderator
  • Neva Taylor, On the Trail/Walk with Me Podcast
  • Raul Irizarry, CT Program Manager, Trust for Public Land and Bridgeport Waterfront Project
  • Bethany Yeo, Planning & Community Development Director at Town of East Longmeadow


1:30 – 2:55 pm. Communities and policing/traffic enforcement for safer streets?

  • Claudine Fox, Public Policy and Advocacy Director, CT ACLU
  • Ken Barone, CT Racial Profiling Prohibition Project
  • Michael Oretade,  Black Lives Matter 860

3:05 – 4:30 pm. Transportation accessibility for reduced-mobility users: 

  • Betty Bajek, Chairwoman, Board of Directors at the Greater Waterbury Transit District
  • Elaine Kolb, disability and mobility rights activist
  • Bevern Cordner, Case Manager/LifeCourse Ambassador, Department of Developmental Services

6:05 – 7:30 pm. Streets for People: Street design, policy, and operations has centered the automobile for almost a century. What happens when we shift our frame to think about streets for people and place? This conversation will focus on policy, projects, and programs that make streets safer and more welcoming for people. 

  • Nat Gale, Director of Operations, City of Hartford, Moderator
  • Garrett Eucalito, Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Transportation 
  • Alycia Santilli, Director, Community Alliance for Research
  • James Travers, Director Transportation, Mobility and Parking, City of Norwalk


1:30- 2:55 pm: Infrastructure plans: getting communities involved in the process. The White House Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is aimed at bringing transformative infrastructure investment in the country: what mechanisms include communities in the designs and implementation of this program? 

  • Thomas Regan-Lefebvre, Coordinator, Transport Hartford Academy at the Center for Latino Progress, Moderator
  • Congressman John Larson
  • Michael Morehouse, Vice-President, FHI Studio
  • Kevin Burnham, Greater Hartford Mobility Study, CT Department of Transportation
  • Randal Davis, City of Hartford, Deputy Director of Development Services

3:05 – 4:30 pm: Transportation and Climate Initiative, the Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Board 

  • Alex Rodriguez, Climate Advocate, Save the Sound
  • Katie Dykes, Commissioner, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Dr. Mark Mitchell
  • Maisa Tisdale, President and CEO, Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community

6:05 – 7:30 pm: Labor movement and the transition towards greener transportation

  • Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director, CT Roundtable for Climate and Jobs
  • Mustafa Salahuddin, President, ATU Local 1336
  • Dr. Mary Donegan, Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Urban and Community Studies, University of Connecticut


4:30 – 6:00 pm: Community Development project: Community and Institutional Dialogue // Environmental Justice and being heard: community members who have been trying to make their voices heard in the creation of an equitable process:

  • Vernice-Miller Travis, Executive Vice-President, Metropolitan Group
  • Austin Brown, Senior Director for Transportation Emissions, The White House
  • Karen Jenkins, Managing Principal, Development4Good
  • Kevin Alvarez, Kevin Alvarez, Director of Legislative Affairs, City of New Haven

Wed, Nov 17 – Arrowhead / Downtown North Public Meetings

Banner image for Downtown North Arrowhead study

There will be two in-person public meetings on Wednesday, Nov 17th in the neighborhood just north of Downtown Hartford. The meetings are to gather public input, recommendations, and road safety and transportation needs from those that live, work, or travel through this area. The area plan is being called the Arrowhead Gateway. Both meetings will have refreshments for attendees.

If you have any questions about these two meetings, contact Liz Podowski King, 518-556-3530. Link to the project website.

Meeting info.  1st meeting outdoors from 2-4pm at Keney Clock Tower on Nov 17th.  2nd meeting indoors at Sacred Heart Church, 24 Ely Street, 6-8pm.

Fri, Nov 19 – Happy Hour at WeHa Brewing & Roasting

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This happy hour meetup on Nov 19th, 5-7pm at WeHa Brewing & Roasting is a FREE in-person, networking event ahead of the November 22nd Multimodal and Transit Summit. Thank Jay Stange and Bike West Hartford for putting this together.

Facebook Event Link

Elmwood to Parkville: Invisible Wall or a Cultural Connection?
Can the City of Hartford and Town of West Hartford integrate planning and investments, slow streets for safety, support small businesses, and improve walking, biking, and transit connectivity between Elmwood, Park Road, and the Parkville neighborhoods?

Housing density is growing near these important CTfastrak (bus rapid transit) stations, but how will residents who choose not to drive get around between them and to nearby destinations?

Bring your best ideas and join Bike West Hartford, BiCi Co., the Transport Hartford Academy, and Bike Walk Connecticut as we gather with neighbors, municipal staff, sustainable transportation advocates, and community leaders to start working across town lines to enrich both communities and improve safety.

The following sessions will be live streamed on CT-NLink Here to Access

  • 11am -1:15 pm – Opening and Keynote Speakers
  • 1:30-2:55 – GREENER – What priorities for sustainable mobilities/funding priorities?
  • 3:05 – 4:30p – TOGETHER – Transportation and Climate Initiative, the Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Board
  • 4:30 – 6:00p – ROUNDTABLE – Community and Institutional Dialogue

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We could not put on this huge event without the financial support of our sponsors, the planning committee members, and all the partners that assisted with outreach. Thank you all!