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
February 20, 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.

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.
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.

November 8, 2017 Autonomous Vehicles and the City  -  San Francisco, CA

With the rise of autonomous vehicles, there are both opportunities and challenges in how these technological advances can be harnessed to reshape future cities and improve the socio-economic health of cities. Opportunities exist to reduce collisions and improve access to healthcare for those who need it most — particularly high-cost, high-need individuals at the younger and older ends of the age spectrum. Opportunities also exist to connect individuals to jobs and change the way cities organize space and optimize trips. That said policy has lagged in this area. And despite some high-level policy suggestions from organizations such, technological change is outpacing urban planning and policy. The purpose of this symposium was to frame and develop policy around the topic of AVs particularly focused on:

  • Land Use
  • Social Implications of the Technology
  • Economics

MTI was a proud platinum co-sponsor of this event.

September 17, 2017 Viva CalleSJ: Open Streets San Jose  -  San José, CA

VivaCalleSJ was a free recreational program co-sponsored by MTI that closed miles of scenic San José streets to motor vehicles. Participants walked, biked, skated, played, and explored the city as never before. The route spanned six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods including Japantown and Alum Rock Village, the Mexican Heritage Plaza, and parks including Lake Cunningham Park and Roosevelt Park.

August 8, 2017 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit  -  San José, CA

The 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit was the Bay Area’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from government, law enforcement, non-profit, and the public. This year’s keynote speaker was Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and former Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). Tamika discussed LACBC’s work on Vision Zero, law enforcement, and creating safe bicycling for the diverse population of LA. The Bike Summit also had sessions on Safe Routes to Schools, protected bike lanes, Bikes + Transit, planning low-stress bike networks, and bicycling encouragement programs. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

August 3, 2017 South Bay Transportation Mixer  -  San José, CA

MTI co-sponsored this opportunity to get to know transportation professionals in San Jose. The event brought together professionals from YPT San Francisco Bay AreaMineta Transportation InstituteAPA Northern CA - Young Planners GroupSan Jose Department of TransportationVTASPUR and more.

June 17, 2017 MTI Board of Trustees Meeting  -  San José, CA

The Mineta Transportation Institute held its summer board meeting in San Jose CA. Chair Nuria Fernandez, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, presided.

June 17, 2017 MTI 25th Annual Board of Trustees Convocation and Scholarship Banquet  -  San José, CA

Graduates of MTI's Masters of Science in Transportation Management received their hoods at a banquet attended by families and friends as well as national and international transportation leaders. An award was given to students from Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, the winning team in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition, and the MSTM Alumni Association honored its Alumna/us of the Year.

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