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2019 Executive Committee

Lisa Lugauskas
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
111 Founders Plaza, Suite 1403
East Hartford, CT 06108


Melissa L. Ferrucci, CPA
CohnReznick LLP
350 Church Street, 12th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
(959) 200-7091

Edward Engberg, CPA
Whittlesey PC
184 Crestwood Drive
Guilford, CT 06437

Andrea L. Gomes, Esq.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

Colleen Sheridan
RM Bradley
One Financial Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

Janet L Wheeler, LEED AP
University of Hartford - Facilities
200 Bloomfield Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117

2019 Committee Chairs

Jennifer Marks, LS
BL Companies, Inc.
355 Research Pkwy
Meriden, CT 06450

Melissa M. Roy
Tecton Architects, Inc.
One Hartford Square West
Hartford, CT 06106

Monika Avery, LEED, IIDA
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
80 Glastonbury Blvd
Glastonbury, CT 06033-4410

Megan Cleary
Tecton Architects, Inc.
One Hartford Square West
Hartford, CT 06106

Hilary Stoudt
CBRE | New England
185 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Nikki Witaszek
Phase Zero Design, Inc.
8 Wilcox Street
Simsbury, CT 06070

Jenna Marie Zaikarite, CPA
Whittlesey PC
280 Trumbull Street, 24th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Laura Bellotti Cardillo, Esq.
Pullman & Comley, LLC
90 Statehouse Sq, 13th Fl
Hartford, CT 06103-3702

Betty Horne, LEED AP
Red Thread
300 East River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108

Patrick Hulton, J.D.
The Associated Construction Company
55 Airport Road, Suite 206
Hartford, CT 06114

Rita A Joy
Interscape Commercial Environments
10 Waterside Dr, Ste 201
Farmington, CT 06032
(860)882-5903 x308

January Program Spotlights Development Impact of CTFastrak

CTFastrak Panelists, left to right, Andy Brecher, Newington, Jamie Bratt, Hartford, Courtney Hendricson, CERC, Bill Carroll, New Britain.

Proclaiming that "transit is the spark," speaker Jamie Bratt, set the tone for comments from a panel of economic development leaders at the January 31 CREW CT program at Gershon Fox Ballroom in Hartford. Jamie, Director of Planning and Economic for the City of Hartford, was joined by panelists Bill Carroll, New Britain Economic Development Director and Andy Brecher, Newington's Economic Development Director. Courtney Hendricson of CERC helped organize the program and facilitated the discussion.

Ridership is exceeding its 15,000 fare-paying/day projection. 6,000 of the riders had previously been commuter bus riders, with peak time only schedules. Bratt indicated that the number one value of CTFastrak has been to address the divide between jobs and residential areas. She said that 40% of residents in Hartford's North end have no cars or access to cars and that reliable bus transportation to job centers was a major driving force for economic development. The availability of buses running every 7-15 minutes throughout the day has greatly expanded options for riders.

Panelists spoke of the positive role that the State of Connecticut's Brownfield cleanup money was having in getting sites ready for development. And, as far as challenges, parking near the stations is not meeting demand and needs to be addressed. It was presumed that riders would be either dropped off or walk to the stations, but the reality is that they are coming from a larger area. The State made a commitment to provide free parking adjacent to CTFastrak stations, a challenge to expanding parking options from private developers.

In addressing the frequent comment from people seeing "empty buses," panelists indicated that bus size was designed to handle ridership for peak hours and that it would have been impractical to order small and large buses. As for future bus route expansion, the inclination is that it will go eastward, to ameliorate what was described as a "choke point," the Bulkeley Bridge.

Additional comments on CTFastrak, transit-oriented development and other economic development activities included:

  • The economic development directors in Hartford, Newington, and New Britain are being contacted regularly by out-of-state developers
  • Hartford currently has four stations with two additional coming online
  • Bratt from Hartford is bullish on development in the Flatbush corridor and Parkville
  • The largest maker space in New England is moving to the G. Fox Building this year
  • The station near Central Connecticut State University is highly utilized
  • In New Britain, 180 units of housing and another 24-unit building are near their stations
  • The Hartford train line is still projected to launch this September, although expansion of the Hartford to Springfield line is delayed.
  • Hartford will be piloting a six-month Bike Share program with stations in Hartford and West Hartford
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