People “Get Motivated” to Flood into Hartford

Conference bringing 19,000 more into Hartford Wednesday

There's a chance you'll bump into Gen. Colin Powell, America's Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former First Lady Laura Bush at the Starbucks in downtown Hartford on Wednesday.

Chances are better that you'll be stuck in traffic as you head home from work thanks to the 19,000 ticket holders who are here to see Powell, Giuliani and Bush speak at the "Get Motivated" business seminar at the XL Center.

Add to those tens of thousands of people the 75,000-plus regular commuters, and that's a lot of people in Hartford Wednesday because of what has been called a life-changing day to super charge your career.


Doors opened at 6:45 a.m. but the lines started much earlier and the seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. -- ending right on time for the afternoon rush.

The event promoters added special shuttle bus parking lots to help ease the traffic crush, but some people who headed in said it took longer to find parking than to get into the city.

If you have to get into Hartford today, check out these suggestions from HBJ on how to get around.

Apparently, the roads are not the only places where there's traffic. As of  7:45 a.m., there was already a tweet posted showing the long, long line for the women's restroom.   

State and city officials have been warning that this could cause one of the largest traffic jams in Hartford's history, the Hartford Business Journal reports

Then again, they welcome the additional revenue those people represent. So do the businesses, like Agave Grill, which is offering an express bag lunch for conference attendees.

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