Purchasing Power: Money, Politics, and Inequality

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Travel Suggestions for the ISPS Conference on May 6, 2013
“Purchasing Power: Money, Politics, and Inequality”

We look forward to your attendance at our conference on Monday, May 6th being hosted at Yale University by the Institution for Social and Policy Studies directed by Professor Jacob Hacker.  We hope you find the following information helpful in planning your trip to New Haven.

Venue
The conference will be held on the Yale University campus at the Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center, 391 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut.  For directions and parking, please visit http://greenberg.yale.edu/directions-parking

Air Travel
New Haven is serviced by the Tweed/New Haven Airport which is a convenient 10-minute taxi ride to the Yale campus and has daily flights to/from Philadelphia on US Airways.  Other alternatives are Hartford/Bradley International Airport (approx. 1-hour driving time to Yale), or one of the New York airports (La Guardia, JFK, or Newark approx. 2.5 hours driving time). 

Connecting Ground Transportation
Standard options for ground transportation between airports in Hartford or New York include:

From Hartford/Bradley International Airport:
CT Limousine: 800-472-LIMO (5466), hourly shuttle service making approx. 3-4 stops to/from airport and Long Wharf Terminal in New Haven.  Will also drop off at New Haven area hotels and pick up at Phelps Gate on the Yale campus.

From JFK and LaGuardia Airports in New York:
CT Limousine: 800-472-LIMO (5466) or www.ctlimo.com; 12 passenger van or bus with approx. 5 stops or more between airport and Long Wharf Terminal in New Haven.
GO Airport Shuttle: 800-377-8745 or www.2theairport.com/universities/yale-university.html; shared ride service door-to-door between airports and New Haven hotels.
QCONN Shuttle: 800-280-7734 or http://www.qconnshuttle.com/; shared ride service from/to JFK and LGA connecting to most New Haven hotels.
Red Dot Shuttle: 800-6REDDOT (673-3368) or http://ridethedot.com/; hourly shuttle service between most New Haven hotels and JFK or LaGuardia airports.

NOTE: If your travel itinerary is not compatible with one of the regular airport shuttle services, you might consider car rental or paying the expense of a private car service. Prices for one-way private car service are approximately $130 from Hartford/Bradley Airport and $165 from the New York airports.  Suggested vendors for private car service are:
Hy’s Limo, reservations at 203-934-6331 (local), 800-560-6331 (toll free within CT), or 800-255-5466 (toll free outside CT).
Premier Limousine, reservations at 860-828-911 (local), or 866-885-5466 (toll free)

Train Travel
Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL / 1-800-872-7245) is available along the northeast corridor from Boston, New York (Penn Station) or Washington, DC – and points in between – to Union Station in New Haven.  Taxi service is always available outside the station and it’s about a 10 minute ride to the Yale campus.

More frequent commuter train service is available between Grand Central Station in New York City and Union Station in New Haven.  Call Metro North Railroad at 1-800-638-7646 or visit their web site at www.mta.nyc.ny.us/mnr/index.html for times and fares.

By Car
For driving directions and free parking at the Greenberg Conference Center, please visit http://greenberg.yale.edu/directions-parking.

Lodging
Lodging is available at special Yale rates on the evenings of May 5 and 6.  When making reservations, please reference “ISPS Conference May 6, 2013” to receive the special conference rates at these nearby hotels (please note cut-off dates):

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/NewHavenYale.aspx
$159 per night (plus tax) with cut-off date of Monday, April 29, 2013; call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664).

New Haven Hotel, http://www.newhavenhotel.com/
$139 per night with cut-off date of Friday, April 5; call 203-498-3100.

Marriott Courtyard New Haven at Yale, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hvndt-courtyard-new-haven-at-yale/
$139 per night with cut-off date of Friday, April 5; call 203-777-6221.

Special Note on Traveling from the DC Area
The nearest airport to New Haven that provides nonstop service to the Washington, DC area is Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, CT.  Flights from Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) can be rather expensive, but Southwest Airlines has multiple daily nonstop flights between Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and Hartford (BDL) for as low as $87-$128 each way that would allow you to arrive and depart on the same day.  If you do fly into Bradley Airport, car rental is the most efficient, convenient, and cost-effective mode of transportation between the airport in Hartford and the Yale campus in New Haven.  Fortunately, it’s an easy drive down I-91 that takes about an hour depending on traffic.  But if you’re not comfortable with driving in an unfamiliar place, you can try private car services (see section on Ground Transportation).

Another option to consider is Amtrak.  The high-speed Acela takes about 4.5 hours from Union Station in DC to Union Station in New Haven, and then it’s an inexpensive and quick taxi ride from the station to the Yale campus.  The price depends on the time and travel class you choose, but usually runs around $200 each way for Acela Business Class.  The Amtrak regional trains that take approximately 5.5 hours from DC to New Haven can be considerably less expensive.  Although the train trip takes longer than a flight, after you factor in additional time for traveling to/from airports, parking/renting cars, and leaving sufficient time for airport security check-in, the train might be an attractive alternative.

For more information, contact Pam Greene: isps.conferences@yale.edu or (203) 432-3052.