Transport Hartford Academy
What is the Transport Hartford Academy?
The Transport Hartford Academy deepens resident engagement and is supporting a growing group of active and informed residents who will shape future transportation developments.
Transport Hartford educates residents in the region that are passionate about biking, walking, transit, and multi-modal transportation as part of a sustainable and socially just region. For Hartford to succeed and grow it has to move beyond single occupancy vehicle travel both culturally and with well designed infrastructure. The Transport Hartford Action Teams and empowered citizens improve the region’s economic vitality, quality of life, and environmental sustainability.
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Our movement is powered by people. That’s you. There is a vibrant and active Transport Hartford Facebook discussion group that gains in strength with each new member.
- Transportation Climate Initiative – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, Connecticut coalition
- Multi-use trail connectivity – (1) Wethersfield to Hartford, (2) Hartford to Windsor (3) East Coast Greenway through Hartford
- Bike Share Action Team – Keeping Hartford on the forefront of urban mobility (CRCOG regional proposal, summer 2019)
- Tactical Urbanism Action Team – Finding and implementing quick and low cost safety improvements, Hartford 2019 projects
- Vision Zero / Road to Zero Team – Traffic Enforcement, Speed Limits, and Crash Data. Reducing road crashes, injuries, and fatalities. (2020 proposed legislation)
- ZipCar-Type Car Share – Working to get Downtown Hartford locations
- Transit Equity Action Team – Fighting for transit improvements and affordable fares (#TransitEquity4CT)
- Transit Pass Benefits for State and Municipal Employees – Advocating for sustainable transportation alternatives
- Protected Bike Lane Advocates and Intersection Improvements – Hartford’s Bicycle Master Plan, approved 2019
- Parking Craters Must Die – Working toward policies and tax structures that spur redevelopment of wasteful surface lots
- Commuter Rail Action Team – Improving rail transit, Bikes on Board 2018 announcement and Amtrak bikes-on-board (2020)
- You can –> Propose and Form a New Action Team
Road to Zero
In 2018 we were awarded a Road to Zero Grant (July 2018 – June 2019). Transport Hartford worked with Blue Hills Civic Association, the Police Activities League, and the Hartford Police Explorers to reduce crashes with injuries and fatalities in Hartford. The program was a combination of teen internships, community outreach, and crosswalk traffic calming. More info here.
Walk (and Bike + Transit) Audits
“Walk audits are a great tool to gather information about street conditions, engage community members, and inform planning and traffic safety projects. Through walk audits, you can help improve walking, health, and quality of life in your community! In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what is missing. Walk audits can be informal and casual events with just a few friends, or can include city council members, traffic engineers, and detailed forms.” – from the National Safe Routes to School Partnership
Resources – AARP Walk Audit Toolkit and Leader Guide and America Walks YouTube Video
- 5/1/2018 – East Hartford, Burnside Ave (rt 44) and Main Street Bike and Walk Audit
- 5/22/2018 – Hartford, Albany Ave (rt 44) Construction Walk Audit – In response to resident complaints of safety and ADA issues around the Albany Ave construction work
- 6/5/2018 – West Hartford, Bike and Walk Audit of North Main Street
- 7/18/2018 – Glastonbury – Bike and Walk Audit of the Hebron Ave / New London Tpke Roundabout
- 8/30/2018 – Walk and Bike Audit of Broad Street (Route 159) and 75 in Windsor’s town center
- 9/26/2018 – Silver Lane in East Hartford, Main Street to Simmons
- 10/11/2018 – Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford – In response to a daytime pedestrian fatality
- 10/20/2018 – Hartford’s Union Station Area
- 11/19/2018 – Main St, Park St, and Pulaski Circle – Ahead of the 2018 Multimodal and Transit Summit
- 1/26/2019 – North Main Street, Hartford – Near Parker Memorial Recreation Center
- 3/19/2019 – Asylum Hill Neighborhood, Hartford
- 4/11/2019 – Newington and New Britain, from the Cedar Street CTfastrak station to CCSU
- 5/8/2019 – Downtown North, Dunkin Donuts Stadium, and Clay Arsenal Neighborhood, Hartford
- 6/21/2019 – Charter Oak Landing and Coltsville in Hartford, including bridge to East Hartford
- 6/22/2019 – Weaver High School and Bowles Park, Hartford – School, this school re-opened in the Fall of 2019
- 8/18/2020 – Washington Street Walk Audit, Hartford – From Retreat Avenue to Russ Street
- 11/23/2020 – Park Street Walk Audit, Hartford – From Main Street to Broad Street (FUTURE – More Info and RSVP Here)
Policy, Funding, and Legislative Priorities
Many of the goals of the action teams require something beyond local workshops and community meetings. Here is the list of 2020 policy, funding, and legislative priorities that Transport Hartford identified along with help from action teams, residents, and other partners working on biking, walking, transit, and multimodal issues.
If you have feedback or questions, send an email to Transport Hartford.
Transport Hartford Articles
The Transport Hartford team’s recent research and related writing on sustainable transportation in Connecticut and beyond.
Transportation Climate Initiative
The cap-and-invest Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state collaboration to reduce pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, the state’s largest contributing sector. Participating states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to propose TCI legislation in 2021, with the program going into effect in 2022.
Current and Upcoming Events:
Past Meetings and Resources:
- Thursday, Oct 1st, 2020 – Transportation, Equity, and Environmental Justice in Connecticut – Combined slides and the CT-N Recording
- Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 – Webinar on ensuring environmental justice and equity in a regional low-carbon transportation program – Slides from the meeting
- Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2020 – Transportation and Climate Initiative webinar on program design, modeling, and the implications of COVID-19 – Slides and the Webinar Recording
- August 12th, 2020 – Power of Place Wednesday Webinar – Cutting Emissions and Improving Mobility – Webinar recording link
- June 25th, 2020 – Essential (Bus) Transit, Panel Discussion and Q&A – Slides with links and the web panel / discussion recording
- May 27th, 2020 – Air Pollution, COVID-19 Mortality and Communities of Color – YouTube Video of the Webinar and a related article on how communities of color experience more motor vehicle pollution
- May 12th, 2020 – Telecommuting Webinar and Q&A – What is the future of teleworking and remote work in Connecticut? Slides and the Web Meeting Recording
- May 6th, 2020 – Article in the CT Post – “Pollution and the Pandemic Are A Deadly Mix. It’s Time to Fix That” by Lauren Bailey, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
- April 28th, 2020, 11:00 am – EV’s and Electric School Buses – Connecticut updates and how to organize with your community to speed the transition to clean, electric buses. Slides and the Web Meeting Recording
- March 23rd, 2020 – Connecticut Web Meeting with Business Leader, Legislators, and Advocates – Slides and the Web Meeting Recording, CERES Business Sign-On Letter
- March 20th, 2020 – Joint Letter on TCI Equity and Environmental Justice Issues – LINK
- February 24th, 2020 – Green For All Regional Web Meeting – Slides presented
- New polling finds voters in largest Northeast, Mid-Atlantic states are open to policy to reduce transportation emissions – “The research surveyed registered voters […] Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Overall, 66% of voters said they would support the policy, while 23% were opposed. Support ranged from a high of 71% in New York to a low of 60% in Virginia.”
- CT’s Transportation Future Survey Results (Oct/Nov 2019) – LINK
- Oct 29th Transportation and Climate Initiative Workshop – Presentation slides and Response Letter for Regional Framework
- Sept 26th Statewide Webinar – Presentation and Recorded Webinar (with audio + Q&A)
- August 13th, 2019 Kickoff Meeting – Meeting notes and the CT DOT / DEEP presentation