Past Events

The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility organizes or participates in several transportation-related events each year. These include national summits, regional forums, industry conferences, or special events and broadcasts. You can find leading transportation experts at all of these events, making them an excellent resource not only for professional and research insights, but also for networking.

Dates Events
April 19, 2018 Three Revolutions: Planning for an electric, autonomous, shared transportation future  -  San Carlos, CA

Three revolutions will fundamentally change transportation. But whether these changes will be for better or worse for social equity, traffic congestion, pollution, and energy use, will depend on the policy choices people make now.

Topics/ Speakers

  • Dan Sperling, UC Davis - 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

  • Debs Schrimmer, Lyft - Technology/service provider perspective

  • Clarrissa Cabansagan, TransForm - Policy and Equity considerations

  • Moderator: Billy Riggs, MTI Research Associate

Co-sponsors: SAMCEDA, Menlo Spark, TransForm, Friends of Caltrain, Mineta Transportation Institute

April 2, 2018 Beyond Commuter Rail: International models of rail excellence  -  Mountain View


Alon Levy, writer and analyst about transit systems around the world, visited the United States to present international examples of effective rail and transit systems, and a critique of the practices that hold the U.S. back from excellent service.

As Caltrain prepares a business plan for the era of electric service, the event addressed what the U.S. could learn about the transformation of commuter rail around the world. As well as, what the Bay Area could learn about pulling together seamlessly integrated transit systems in complex regions?

Co-sponsors: Menlo Spark, San Francisco Transit Riders, Seamless Bay Area, Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance, TransForm, Mineta Transportation Institute 

March 26, 2018 Car-Light Housing: More affordability, less traffic  -  San Mateo, CA

We need to address the housing affordability crisis, but we don’t want to make it harder to get around town or harm the climate. This event discussed the following:

  • Learned about the connections between housing affordability, traffic reduction, and climate change; 
  • Heard what neighboring communities are doing to reduce the need to drive; and 
  • Saw how people can help make their community more walkable, affordable, and transit-friendly.


  • Nina Rizzo manages GreenTRIP Certifications at TransForm. The GreenTRIP program supports multi-family residential developments that implement strategies to reduce traffic, parking and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Nevada Merriman of MidPen Housing is designing and developing affordable housing where residents can reduce their reliance on cars
  • Elaine Breeze of SummerHill Apartments works on “smart growth” multi-family rental housing and mixed use developments

MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

March 17, 2018 Innovative Technologies in Urban Planning  -  San José, CA

UPC Symposium Flyer Innovative Technologies in Urban PlanningOn Saturday, March 17, San Jose State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Urban Planning Coalition hosted the Annual Symposium at the Martin Luther King Library. This event was proudly co-sponsored by MTI.

Special guest appearance Julia Lave Johnston President Elect at California Chapter, American Planning Association helped to kickoff the spring symposium.

The symposium focused on “Innovative Technologies in Urban Planning.” Keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Waddell, who has led the development of the UrbanSim model of urban simulation now used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other local and regional agencies. He was introduced by Dr. Shishir Mathur from San Jose State University.

Panel discussions addressed the following:

  1. Using Urban Simulation and Data Science to Evaluate Land Uses
    Moderated by Richard Kos, AICP
    Sam Blanchard (UrbanSim)
    Adam Garcia (Greenbelt Alliance)
    Yanwen Luo (Guanxi University)
    Di Meng (Gensler)

  2. Providing Services Using Emerging Technologies 
    Moderated by Dr. Serena Alexander
    Ryan Wold (Civic Studio)
    Jerry Zeyu Gao (San Jose State University)
    Allen Tai, AICP (City of Alameda)

  3. Transportation and Technology in the Urban Environment 
    Moderated by Dr. Joseph Kott
    Dr. Serena Alexander (San Jose State University) & Dr. Anurag Pande (Cal Poly)
    Dr. Kevin Fang (San Jose State University)
    Melissa Ruhl (Arup)
    Sam Sadle (LimeBike)

4 AICP CM credits available

February 6, 2018 Are Autonomous Vehicles Safe? Understanding What’s Already Here and What Needs to Happen T3e Webinar  -  Online

This webinar, organized through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office covered recently concluded and ongoing projects related to safety and regulatory concerns for the expanding market of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). The work presented was conducted within the past year at the RiSA2S Research Center of San José State University, a multi-disciplinary innovation center for the Risk and Safety Assessment of Autonomous Systems with funding support from the Mineta Transportation Institute. The activities of the lab are aimed at improving safety and better informing regulatory agencies in their recommendations for the certification process of autonomous systems. In particular, the seminar delved into three topics of current interest:

  1. An analysis of current AV accident statistics based on the data provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles;
  2. An examination of triggers and contributory factors of disengagements of the autonomous technology that controls the car; and
  3. An overview of current issues related to driver’s reactions to disengagements when collaboration is expected (e.g., Level 2 and 3 AVs) and presentation of ongoing human-in-the-loop study.
February 6, 2018 to March 9, 2018 West Coast Rail Conference  -  Los Angeles, CA

The world's leading rail experts joined with business and political leaders to discuss bringing fast rail to America at this conference. Construction is underway on the first phase of the 800-mile, state-of-the-art transportation system set to revolutionize mobility in America, starting with California. Once the system is built out, it will carry more than 100 million people each year, saving time, money, energy, and lives. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

February 6, 2018 to March 15, 2018 CALCOG Regional Leadership Forum: Takin’ It To The Streets!  -  Monterey, CA

Every year, leaders from regions across California gather in Monterey for the Regional Leadership Forum. This event combined a focus on current issues with deeper level discussions about the role of regional governance in California. For 2018, the Forum explored the ways that Senate Bill 1 is making California a better place to live, work, and thrive. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event. 

February 6, 2018 to February 21, 2018 Implementing the State Rail Plan  -  San José, CA

In the fall of 2017, California released its State Rail Plan, a strategic vision that provides an innovative framework for our rail network over the next two decades with the intended goal of creating a state-of-the-art rail system by 2040. During this event, participants explored the plan to learn more about its vision, how it supports the intermodal connections at Diridon Station and how it might change the future of travel throughout California for the better. Mineta Transportation Institute was a proud co-presenter of this event.

January 5, 2018 MTI Board of Trustees Meeting  -  Washington, D.C.

The Mineta Transportation Institute held its winter board meeting in Washington DC. Chair Grace Crunican, General Manager of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), presided.

November 8, 2017 to November 10, 2017 Podcar City & Advanced Transit – Smart City, Smart Transit, Smart Energy  -  San José, CA

MTI sponsored the eleventh annual Podcar City conference focused on sustainable and innovative automated public transportation. More than 200 city planners, transit planners, academics, engineers, developers, elected officials, and others discussed this 21st-century opportunity. The Urban International Design Contest (or UIDC) was a main feature of the 2017 Podcar City Conference. The UIDC connected students with city professionals and together they worked toward the goal of educating, inspiring and motivating important stakeholders in how new modes of sustainable public transportation can be utilized in an urban environment.