Capstone papers are original research projects that are required for a Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) degree. Each student selects a topic of interest that has significant policy or management implications and a practical focus, conducts independent research, and writes a thesis-quality paper complete with recommendations. The list below represents several of these papers.
These papers represent the individual efforts and opinions of the students who wrote them and are in no way intended to reflect the views or positions of the Mineta Transportation Institute or its staff.
Do race-neutral measures have a positive effect on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) utilization in the number of BART federally funded professional services agreements and has there been an increase in the number of agreements and total dollar amounts received by DBEs during Fiscal Years 2012 - 2015? – Alma Basurto
Optimizing the effectiveness of the 3+ toll policy on State Route 91 – Jillian Guizado
Caltrain Gopass Cost-Effectiveness – Michael Eshleman
Evaluation of the VTA Trial Biodiesel Program – Daniel Hecht, P.E.
Identifying Potential Freeway Segments for Dedicated Truck Lanes - Christopher J. Espiritua
Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs - Lisa Fabish
Local Transportation Agency Cost Estimating Practices: A Case for Improvement -Daren T. Grilley, P.E.
An Evaluation of Caltrans Management of Employee Probation - Wesley Zinke
The Future of Excluded State Employees´ Labor Relations in California - Leanne "Lee" Provost
Aligning and Marketing Transportation Service to Achieve Community Goals - James R. Helmer
A Review of the Los Angeles Transportation System - Mary C. Frederick
Should California Revisit SB 45? - James Chai
Japan´s High-Speed Rail System Between Osaka and Tokyo and Commitment to Maglev Technology: A Comparative Analysis with California´s High Speed Rail Proposal Between San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles Metropolitan Area - Robert Kagiyama
Rationale for Alternate Fuel Vehicle Technology - T. Michael Lechner