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, email@example.com, (508)-863-9495
We are excited to partner with these professional organizations to connect their members to professional development learning and credits.
Nov 22nd, Summit Schedule
Keynote: 11:00 am -1:15 pm
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?
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.)
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.
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):
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).
6:05 – 7:30 pm. Multi-Use trails: connecting communities with walking and cycling trails.
1:30 – 2:55 pm. Communities and policing/traffic enforcement for safer streets?
3:05 – 4:30 pm. Transportation accessibility for reduced-mobility users:
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.
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?
3:05 – 4:30 pm: Transportation and Climate Initiative, the Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Board
6:05 – 7:30 pm: Labor movement and the transition towards greener transportation
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:
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.
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.
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.