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What have other states done to relieve traffic congestion?

On June 4 and 5 local community and business leaders gathered at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and at Mark Twain House & Museum Auditorium in Hartford to participate in two forums, on the topic of Traffic Congestion Relief: What Can We Learn from Other States and How Can We Apply it in Connecticut?

Each forum featured a moderated discussion between two panels, as well as an opportunity for the audience to pose questions to panelists.

Five out-of-state experts with first-hand experience implementing and operating innovative congestion relief policies and projects in California, Florida and Washington spoke about their experiences.

The congestion relief projects they discussed included managed lanes, congestion pricing, and all electronic tolling systems, combined with multimodal measures to alleviate traffic congestion, give commuters more travel choices, and bring economic benefit to their regions.

At each forum a panel of local business and community leaders queried the experts about strategies and policies that are used in other regions to mitigate congestion, and also enquired about public support for their programs, which, in all cases, was very positive when the public was able to see the benefits.

View live presentations of the Bridgeport and Hartford forums. A videotaping of the Hartford forum by
CT-N is also available.

View PowerPoint presentations by the forum panelists:

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