Newsletter of the Mineta National Transit Research ConsortiumWinter 2013: Vol. 20, Issue 3

Message from the Executive Director
by Rod Diridon, Executive Director, MNTRC

Rod Diridon, Executive Director, MNTRC

Rod Diridon, Sr.
Executive Dir., MNTRC

Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC) forges ahead at full capacity, serving the the needs of the public transportation community. The past two years have seen a phenomenal number of transit-related studies in progress or production, and education programs thrive. ​San Jose State is one good example, with 87 students participating in an accelerated statewide program for a Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM). The June graduating class is nearing 20, which would set a new record. Read the full story »

Board Member Profile

Beverley Swaim-Staley joins the MNTRC Board

Beverley Swaim-Staley

Beverley Swaim-Staley

New MNTRC Trustee Beverley Swaim-Staley has been breaking ground in the transportation industry. Currently, she is president and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation in Washington DC, where she is leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive master plan for the rail station. She was the first woman appointed as Maryland’s secretary of transportation, with 10,000 employees and a $3.6 billion annual budget. Read the full story »

Grand Valley State University

From negative to positive: Li-Ion battery disposal
by Charles Standridge, PhD, Professor and Assistant Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Recently, the federal government approved vehicle performance standards that include a requirement for 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025 and a greenhouse gas standard of 163 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per mile in the same year. One way to meet these standards is to increase vehicle electrification by a variety of means. These include improving existing electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, as well as creating new means such as the increased presence of start/stop technology. Read the full story »

Rutgers University

Three ways to reduce greenhouse gas
by Robert B. Noland, PhD, Prof. and Dir., Voorhees Transportation Center

Graph of greenhouse gas reduction.

LDV Emission for Individual Scenarios

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be reduced 50-80% by 2050 to limit global temperature increase to 2⁰C. It is challenging to achieve reductions of this magnitude in the transportation sector, requiring a multitude of policies and technology options. We are providing here three transportation demand management (TDM) scenarios: changes in the perceived price of travel, land use intensification, and increases in transit. Read the full story »

San Jose State University

Research
MTI research attracts attention

by Karen Philbrick, PhD, Director, Research

MTI Research Report

MTI report on livability programs added to the LACMTA library.

Mineta Transportation Institute’s (MTI) Research Department generates a great number of valuable peer-reviewed research reports. Of course, MTI has always been proud of that quality. However, it’s even more pride-worthy when others validate the Institute’s perception. For example, a recent report, Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs, has received national attention, a research request has come from the Netherlands, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is using a training program that MTI developed. Read the full story »

Education
MSTM students and alumni achieve greatness

by Peter Haas, PhD, Director, MTI Education Program

What happens when transportation professionals take the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Master of Science in Transportation Management? They move ahead in their careers. The program offers a complete range of relevant courses, such as disaster management, legal and legislative issues, leadership, funding and finance, security management, and much more. In this issue, we highlight two recent promotions. Read the full story »

Information & Technology Transfer
HSR connectivity discussed at APTA meeting

by Donna Maurillo, MSTM, Director, MTI Communications and ITT

Mortimer Downey, US Deputy Secretary of Transportation (ret.)

Mortimer Downey, US Deputy Secretary of Transportation (ret.), explains the funding options for connectivity.

If the United States is to create successful high-speed and intercity rail systems, then transit must play a key role. That was the consensus on Tuesday, October 1, as MTI presented “Transit Feeder and Distribution Systems for High-Speed and Intercity Rail: Opportunities to create a Network” at the annual meeting of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in Chicago. Read the full story »

University of Detroit Mercy

UDM summer program teaches high school students about transportation
Leo E. Hanifin, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Student working on project

A student works on his project at Transit Smart Moves.

The Transit Smart Moves Summer Program was conducted July 15-19, 2013 on the campus of University of Detroit Mercy, in the College of Engineering. Nineteen students representing more than 10 Detroit-area schools participated in the program. The 2013 summer program schedule included a Detroit Police Department drunk driving simulation, a tour of the Oakland County Road Commission, introduction to the LEGO NXT Mindstorms project, and more. Read the full story »

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Seminar covers Las Vegas X-Train project
by Hualiang "Harry" Teng, PhD, Director, Railroad, High Speed Rail, and Transit Initiative

Seminar attendees

Seminar attendees included faculty, plus graduate and undergraduate students.

On October 8, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, hosted a railroad engineering seminar, Managing Large Scale Civil Engineering Projects in a Dynamic World, Case Study: North Las Vegas Station Four Phase Build-Out Approach, from Temporary Trackage & Platforms to Permanent Rail Facility. The speaker was Michael A. Barron, Chief Executive Officer, Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. Read the full story »

University of Toledo

Biodiesel tests show possible use in transit buses
by Ashok Kumar, PhD, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

Laboratory equipment.

Experimental setup used to simulate biodiesel fuels combustion emissions.

Biodiesel is an alternative renewable fuel with growing use in transportation. The University of Toledo (UT) has been involved in research on biodiesel emissions for the last eight years. Today, however, UT is working on the “Combustion Chemistry of Biodiesel for the Use in Urban Transport Buses.” This comes under a research grant from the US Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration through Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC). Read the full story »

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