Past Events

The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium 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.

Solar-powered Automated Transit Networks: The Future of Sustainable Urban Transportation (sponsored by USDOT)

November 17, 2016 • Free Online


MTI researchers and others discussed the concept behind solar-powered automated transit networks (ATNs); why they are an ideal alternative transit mode for dense, urban areas; their unique advantages; and how they can integrate into existing urban environments. Free access to the archive available December 2016. Sponsored by US DOT.

Getting it Right on Governance and on the Station-Neighborhood Interface at San José Diridon Station

October 13, 2016 • San José, CA (invitation only)


Diridon Station is one of the Bay Area’s best opportunities to improve mobility and to channel a significant amount of new growth near transit. Throughout the world, we have seen how new investments in intermodal transportation hubs have had transformational impacts on cities and regions. Concurrent with the Railvolution Conference, the Mineta Transportation Institute, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, co-sponsored an invitation-only, bilateral exchange with SPUR San Jose to discuss best practices and cautionary tales from intermodal transportation hubs in Europe that are relevant to Diridon Station and San Jose. Keynote speakers included: Stephan de Fay, Executive Director of EPA Bordeaux-Euratlantique; Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Research Associate at MTI; Dr. Deike Peters, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Practice at Soka University of America, Research Associate at MTI; and Etienne Tricaud, President and CEO of AREP, the architecture office for the French Railway.

Green TRIP Connect Workshop

October 3, 2016 • San Jose, CA


The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) hosted an invitation-only workshop with faculty, students, and staff at San José State University to introduce Transform’s GreenTRIP Connect tool. GreenTRIP Connect is a free online tool that instantly calculates the impact of smart location, affordable homes, and traffic reduction strategies on reducing emissions from driving and residential development.

Transit Oriented Development Conference: Accelerating Sustainable Communities

September 27-29, 2016 • Washington DC


Leading developers, cutting-edge designers, transit agencies, planners, elected officials, building users, and investors came together to network, discuss best practices, and share the excitement of Transit Oriented Development.

Podcar City & Advanced Transit – Automated Mobility on Demand

September 19-21, 2016 • Antwerp, Belgium


Tenth annual Podcar City conference focused on how autonomous vehicles can reshape the way we live our lives in the urban landscape. MTI co-sponsored this annual event where more than 100 city planners, transit planners, consultants, architects, engineers, investors, developers, elected officials, and others discussed this 21st-century opportunity.

Viva CalleSJ: Open Streets San Jose

September 18, 2016 • San Jose, 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, Willow Glen, Burbank and Downtown.

The Intersection between Transportation and Emergency Preparedness in the United States

August 29, 2016 • San Jose, CA (invitation only)


The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) hosted a host an invitation-only, bilateral exchange with delegates from the Emergency Management Office (EMO), General Office of the State Council of China. Topics of discussion included emergency preparedness in the United States with a focus on the MTI publication Exercise Handbook: What Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Leaders Need to Know to Improve Emergency Preparedness.

Transportation Transformation: High Speed Rail in Silicon Valley

July 26, 2016 • San Jose, CA


What do businesses need to do to get up to speed on high-speed rail scheduled to arrive in Silicon Valley within a decade? This sold-out panel discussion sponsored by MTI brought together top officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Caltrain, the Valley Transportation Authority, and rail infrastructure businesses to discuss frequently asked questions, including:

  • What’s the master plan? How do high-speed rail, Cal Train, BART, ACE Train, Light Rail overlap, synchronize and work together?
  • If not High Speed Rail, what are the options to address our transportation woes?
  • How will the creation of this transportation hub affect the local quality of life?
  • What economic impact is anticipate and where will is it most likely to occur? Where are the business opportunities?
  • How will HSR be funded? What tax measures need to be approved

Is the Gas Tax Here to Stay?

July 12, 2016 • San Jose, CA


Can the “gas tax” continue to serve as a primary source of transportation revenue for California? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the gas tax compared to alternatives such as mileage fees, vehicle registration fees, and sales taxes? MTI Research Associate Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal addressed these questions and presented results from year seven of the MTI national public opinion poll of more than 1,500 Americans on various tax options for raising federal transportation revenues. Location: SPUR San Jose, 76 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members. Co-sponsored by SPUR San Jose.

MTI Awards Banquet and Convocation Exercises

June 18, 2016 • San Jose CA


Graduates of MTI´s Master 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 the winning team in the 2016 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition, and the 2016 MSTM Alumna/us of the Year was named.

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

June 18, 2016 • San Jose CA


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its summer board meeting in San Jose CA. Chair Nuria Fernandez, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, will preside.

7th Annual Mineta National Transportation Finance Summit:
“Superior Infrastructure = Economic Success.”

June 17, 2016 • San Francisco CA


Is it true, as Congress says, that Americans won’t pay more taxes and fees for mobility? What exactly are the funding challenges and how are transportation leaders addressing them? This free, half-day summit hosted by MTI at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco presented results from year seven of a national public opinion poll of more than 1,500 Americans on various tax options for raising federal transportation revenues. Special attention was given to understanding opinions on increasing revenues for public transit. Keynote address by California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary Brian Kelly. Featured Speakers: Asha Agrawal, PhD, Director Mineta Transportation Institute National Transportation Finance Center; Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit District; Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Coommission; and Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Development Board. Moderator: Karen Philbrick, PhD, Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute. Keynote Introduction: Norman Mineta, Secretary (ret.) US Department of Transportation.

International Conference on Transport & Health

June 13-15, 2016 • San Jose CA


The Mineta Transportation Institute hosted this second annual conference addressing the convergence of transportation and health. The conference promotes the concept of cross-disciplinary teams of professionals in the design, planning, and development of proposed and rehabilitated transportation infrastructure projects.

2016 CUTC Summer Meeting

June 6-9, 2016 • Los Angeles CA


As a leading member of the Council of University Transportation Centers, MTI participated in the organization’s summer meeting at the METRANS Transportation Center. The meeting included strategy sessions, workshops, committee discussions, and other business relevant to the members’ transportation research activities. MTI Executive Director Karen Philbrick serves on the Executive Board.

Second Annual “Silicon Valley Bikes!” Festival & Bike Show

May 15, 2016 • San José


Silicon Valley's bicycle enthusiasts and their families enjoyed an all-day celebration of cycling, family fun, community building, and an off-the-hook bicycle show by Gooseneck Bicycles. There were food trucks, events for kids, live music, and more. A collaboration between History San José, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Mineta Transportation Institute, Gooseneck Bicycles, Cycle California! Magazine and Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

“Let's Get Moving, Silicon Valley!” Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit 2016

May 7, 2016 • Mountain View, CA


MTI co-sponsored this annual public event promoting improved transportation networks and complete communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. At this year's Summit, participants explored the connections between health, equity, environment, economics, land use, and transportation.

Faster, Smarter, Cleaner, Greener: Developing the Transportation Workforce of the Future

April 29, 2016 • San Francisco, CA


Thought leaders in transportation technology and workforce development came together for this full-day workforce development summit on emerging career pathways in transportation and how to prepare the next generation of workers. How can schools work with industry leaders to ensure relevant education and training programs? What specialized skills will be needed to plan and construct a world-class transit system? Which technologies will be critical in developing clean, efficient freight transportation systems that can compete at the regional, state, and national levels? Focus was on innovative technologies, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), high-speed rail, wireless technologies, big data systems, smart freight networks, environmentally sustainable technologies, and others.

Keynote by Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator, USDOT Federal Transit Administration. Panelists include Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, Executive Director, Transbay Transit Center Project; Oliver Baines, President, Fresno City Council; Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director, Port of Hueneme, CA; Mark Novak, PhD, Dean, Extended University Division, CSU Bakersfield; Thomas O’Brien, Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation, METRANS Transportation Center; and Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board.

Sixteenth Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition

April 2016 • National Broadcast


Teams of middle-school students from across the country presented their ideas for achieving sustainable transportation. The live, streaming teleconference featured an address by the US Secretary of Transportation, the director of the California Department of Transportation, and other industry leaders. First-place went to the mechanical engineering class from Morada Middle School in Stockton for their “Grape-Stomp Biofuel Project.” The 7th- and 8th-graders from the farming community presented an idea to convert grape pomace – the skins, stems and other plant matter left after grapes are crushed – into ethanol that can be used locally as a low-emission fuel for farm equipment. The project would also eliminate the methane emissions produced when pomace is composted. This was the second time a Morada Middle School team has taken top honors. The students and their teacher will be introduced and awarded $1,000 for their classroom at the MTI Awards Banquet and Convocation Exercises on June 18.

High Speed Rail in California: Progress and Prospect

March 29, 2016 • San Francisco, CA


A comprehensive examination of high-speed rail in California. Representatives from the CHSRA, local planning officials, and academic experts explored in detail the plan to build the nation’s first, true, high-speed rail line – the progress achieved to date and the major challenges that lie ahead. MTI co-sponsors the half-day workshop at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting

January 10-14, 2016 • Washington DC


Researchers and staff from the Mineta Transportation Institute presented at this annual conference at the Washington Convention Center. More than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops were featured. This year’s theme was Research Convergence for a Multi-Modal Future.

Council of University Transportation Centers Meeting and Banquet

January 9, 2016 • Washington DC


US Secretary of Transportation (ret.) Norman Y. Mineta, MTI’s founder and an active trustee, received the CUTC Lifetime Achievement Award at this annual banquet. MTI’s Student of the Year, MSTM student Ben Lichty, received a certificate and a $1000 cash award. US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was the keynote speaker. This annual event honors those who have made significant achievements in transportation – as professionals, as students, or as researchers.

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

January 9, 2016 • Washington DC


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its winter board meeting in Washington DC. Chair Nuria Fernandez, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, presided.

High-Speed Rail Conference

December 9–11, 2015 • Los Angeles, CA


Several distinguished speakers presented at this twice-yearly meeting to address the newest transportation mode in the US – high-speed rail. MTI Emeritus Executive Director Rod Diridon was among them. Others included representatives from Caltrans, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Los Angeles MTA, Transportation Diversity Council, Siemens, Alstom, and more. California is the first state to have a true HSR project underway.

Podcar City 9

November 4–6, 2015 • Mountain View, CA


The ninth annual Podcar City conference focused on the development and use of Automated Transit Networks (ATN) systems. These are small automated cars operated on guideways that can augment transit systems. Speakers came from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, representing Google, ARUP, Federal Transit Administration, Lea+Elliott, Tubenet, 2getthere, Princeton University, Ecole de Ponts, and more. The conference was valuable for city planners, transit planners, consultants, architects, engineers, investors, developers, elected officials, and anyone else interested in a newly emerging personal transit system.

Smart Rail Congress and Expo

October 28-29, 2015 • Charlotte, NC


MTI co-sponsored and presented at this annual conference for transit operators and agencies. Former FTA Administrator Joseph Szabo wasa speaker. The event featured a strategic congress, tech seminars, and an expo for suppliers and solutions providers. More information at  http://globaltransportforum.com/smart-rail-usa/.

Viva CalleSJ

October 11, 2015 • San Jose, CA


VivaCalleSJ is a free recreational program co-sponsored by MTI that closes miles of scenic San José streets to motor vehicles. Participants walked, biked, skated, played, and explored the city as never before. The Downtown and Eastbound routes spanned from the heart of San José’s downtown, through the center of the city, west through the unique and charming Calle Willow Business District, and all the way to the East Side and Emma Prusch Farm Park.

Seismic Hazard User-Needs Workshop

Sept. 21-22, 2015 • Menlo Park, CA


The US Geologic Survey (USGS) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC) held this workshop at the USGS in Menlo Park CA.

5th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit

August 26, 2015 • Palo Alto, CA


The region’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from government, law enforcement, non-profit, and the public. Participants heard fresh ideas about the future of safety and bicycling. Speakers included MTI Board Chair and VTA CEO Nuria Fernandez.

Automated Vehicles Symposium

July 20-24, 2015 • Ann Arbor MI


The Mineta Transportation Institute co-sponsored a workshop at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan from July 20-24 at the Ann Arbor Marriott. This was a multi-disciplinary forum to advance the deployment of driverless vehicles, such as the Google car. The day-long workshop on July 24, “Envisioning Automated Vehicles within the Built Environment: 2020, 2035, and 2050,” included design discussions for transportation professionals. Mobility regulators, technologists, innovators, architects, planners, engineers, and environmental professionals participated. MTI research associate Caroline Rodier, PhD, discussed the potential land use and travel effects of automated vehicles. Much of the agenda was focused on design workshops for the built environment.

MTI Awards Banquet and Convocation Exercises

June 27, 2015 • San Jose CA


Graduates of MTI´s Master of Science in Transportation Management received their hoods at a banquet attended by families and friends as well as national and international transportation leaders. US Transportation Secretary (ret) Norman Mineta and California State Senator Jim Beall delivered the keynotes. An award was given to the winning team in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition, and the MSTM Alumni Association honored its Alumna of the Year. Two retired Board Trustees were elevated to emeritus status. Photos available for viewing or download.

MTI/MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

June 27, 2015 • San Jose CA


The Board of Trustees for the Mineta Transportation Institute and the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium held its summer meeting in San Jose.

Norman Mineta Transportation Finance Summit

June 26, 2015 • San Francisco


Each year, the Mineta Transportation Institute presents a conference addressing the challenges and opportunities regarding where to find the money to fund mobility. This year, Senator Jim Beall delivered the keynote, and Asha Agrawal, PhD, presented her latest research on transportation fees and taxes.

CUTC Summer Meeting

June 1–4, 2015, New Brunswick NJ


The American Public Transportation Association held its annual rail conference in Salt Lake City.

15th Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition

May 11, 2015 • National Broadcast


Teams of middle-school students from across the country developed their own ideas for achieving sustainable transportation and presented them at the annual Garrett Morgan Competition. This live, streaming teleconference featured an address by the US Secretary of Transportation, the director of the California Department of Transportation, and other industry leaders. Winning teams earn cash prizes for their classrooms.

Regional Transit Governance Seminar

March 31, 2015 • San Francisco CA


This half-day seminar with transportation experts and public officials at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco discussed regional transit governance challenges and best practices that shape development and growth in several vibrant urban landscapes. It was held in conjunction with the release of the Eno Center for Transportation’s most recent paper, “Getting to the Route of It.” Co-sponsors included TransitCenter, Eno Center for Transportation, SPUR, and Mineta Transportation Institute.

Joint Rail Conference

March 23 – 26, 2015 • San Jose CA


MTI co-sponsored this annual conference, which is organized by The Rail Transportation Division of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Discussion topics included various technologies to advance the future of rail transport. Keynote speakers included Transportation Secretary (ret.) Norman Mineta, MTI Emeritus Executive Director Rod Diridon, California High-Speed Rail engineering expert Frank Vacca, Valley Transportation Authority CEO Nuria Fernandez, and more.

Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley

March 7, 2015 • Cupertino CA


MTI co-sponsored this annual public event that promotes improved transportation networks and complete communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The summit supports community engagement and participation in transportation and land use planning processes. More than 200 participants learned how to effectively get involved with plans, projects, and policies. The conference provided connection with public officials, organizations, and community. 

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

January 10, 2015 • Washington DC


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its winter board meeting in Washington DC. Chair Stephanie Pinson, President of Gilbert Tweed, presided.

Smart Rail Congress & Expo

October 29-30, 2014  •  Charlotte NC


For the third year, the Mineta Transportation Institute co-sponsored this Global Transport Forum. The high-level congress finds solutions to strategic “big picture” issues facing senior-level transit professionals. It also provides an interactive learning environment where they can share their vision for next generation systems and best practices.

APTA Annual Meeting and Expo

October 12-15, 2014 • Houston


MTI Emeritus Executive Director Rod Diridon was inducted into the APTA Hall of Fame during the Annual Meeting and Expo. He was honored for his lifetime of work to support transit, rail, and high-speed rail.

TRB Conference on Surface Transportation Financing

July 9-11, 2014 • Irvine CA


The Mineta Transportation Institute co-sponsored and presented at this conference. Discussion focused on the latest research and practice in transportation finance, with an emphasis on innovative ideas from around the world. The goal was to share new ideas and practices to facilitate improved financing of transportation projects in anticipation of the extension of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) or new federal surface transportation legislation.

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

June 21, 2014 • San Jose CA


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its summer board meeting in San Jose CA. Chair Steve Heminger, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission, presided. Incoming Chair Stephanie Pinson, President of Gilbert Tweed, was installed into the leadership role.

MTI Awards Banquet and Convocation Exercises

June 21, 2014 • San Jose CA


Graduates of MTI´s Master 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 the winning team in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition – Juan Crespi Middle School of El Sobrante CA. Mary Frederick (MSTM 2003 and Office Chief, Caltrans, Division of Project Management) was honored as the 2014 MSTM Alumna of the Year. Photos available for viewing or download.

Norman Y. Mineta Transportation Policy Summit on Transportation Finance

June 20, 2014 • San Francisco


This annual summit updated the discussion regarding innovative ways to fund the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Research results were given from an annual survey of Americans about transportation taxes and fees.

CUTC Summer Meeting

June 2-5, 2014 • Lincoln NE


As a leading member of the Council of University Transportation Centers, MTI participated in the organization’s summer meeting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The meeting included strategy sessions, workshops, committee discussions, and other business relevant to the members’ transportation research activities

Women in Transportation: Addressing Workforce Development

April 8, 2014 • Denver


MTI co-sponsored this conference, which was designed to contribute to public awareness and discussion of the recruitment, retention, promotion, and health of women in the transportation industry. Several leading women presented, including Sherri LeBas, Secretary of Transportation for Louisiana; Kathryn Waters, EVP of member services for the American Public Transportation Association; Michelle Livingstone, VP of transportation for The Home Depot; Marie Lacertosa, SVP of supply chain for JCPenney Corporation; and several others.

International Green Industry Hall of Fame Conference

March 28, 2014 • San Jose CA


The International Green Industry Hall of Fame recognizes those pioneers, leaders, and visionaries who have contributed to the green industry. This year’s conference and awards banquet was co-sponsored by MTI. The conference, held on the San Jose State University campus, included three educational tracks, exhibitions, and an awards ceremony. A new transportation award was also announced – the Rod Diridon Green Transportation Award.

14th Annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition

March 27, 2014 • National Broadcast


Teams of middle-school students from across the country developed their own ideas for achieving sustainable transportation and presented them at the annual Garrett Morgan Competition in Oakland, CA. This live, streaming teleconference featured a talk by the US Secretary of Transportation, the director of the California Department of Transportation, and other industry leaders.

55th Annual Transportation Research Forum

March 13-15, 2014 • San Jose CA


MTI co-sponsored this event, which was held at the Sainte Claire Hotel in downtown San Jose. Topics included driverless vehicles, high-speed rail, sustainable agricultural transportation, technology-supported ride-share programs, and more.

Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley

February 22, 2014 • Palo Alto CA


MTI co-sponsored this event that promotes improved transportation networks and complete communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The summit supported community engagement and participation in transportation and land use planning processes. Participants learned how to effectively get involved with plans, projects, and policies. The conference provided connection with public officials, organizations, and community. 

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

January 11, 2014 • Washington DC


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its winter board meeting in Washington DC. Vice-Chair Stephanie Pinson, President of Gilbert Tweed Associates, presided.

Global Transit Forum: Transit Communications

October 22-24, 2013 • Washington DC


For the second year, MTI co-sponsored the Global Transit Forum on Transit Communications. The 2013 show featured an innovative and improved program looking not only at technological evolutions to enhance networks and service, but also dedicated streams on fare collection and customer engagement to increase ridership and revenue. MTI/MNTRC Communications Director Donna Maurillo presented at the ridership track.

Podcar City: Washington DC

October 23-25, 2013 • Washington DC


This annual event moved to George Mason University at the US capital, where more than 125 experts in surface transportation and transit assembled. They discussed the future of podcars, also known as “personal rapid transit” or “automated guideway vehicles.” MNTRC/MTI Deputy Executive Director Karen Philbrick moderated a panel on innovative funding and finance for this new transit mode. MTI was also a co-sponsor.

Shared-Use Mobility Summit

October 10-11, 2013 • San Francisco


MTI co-sponsored this event that addressed the current state of practice, opportunities, and obstacles to market expansion for car sharing, one-way car sharing, peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing, public bike sharing, ride sharing/ride matching, and related sharing economy companies. The event was held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

Norman Y. Mineta Transportation Policy Summit

Transit Feeder and Distribution Systems for High-Speed & Intercity Rail: Opportunities to Create a Network 

October 1, 2013 • APTA Annual Meeting • Chicago


On Tuesday, October 1, MTI presented “Transit Feeder and Distribution Systems for High-Speed and Intercity Rail.” This session, featured at the APTA Annual Meeting, included a keynote presentation by retired Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mortimer Downey. It also included case studies with direct application to the nation's transit systems feeding high-speed and intercity rail stations. The panel of international experts discussed the opportunities and challenges for creating America’s rail infrastructure supported by a network of transit feeder and distribution systems.

Panelists

  • Judge Robert Eckels, president, Texas Central High-Speed Railway, Dallas, TX
  • Andrew J. Galloway, chief, Northeast Corridor planning and performance, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeff Morales, chief executive officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
  • Stanley G. Feinsod, chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Legislative Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee; director, National High-Speed Rail Connectivity Center, Mineta Transportation Institute; and managing director, Ratp Dev McDonald Transit, San Francisco, CA

Public Sector Innovation Workshop

June 28, 2013 • Los Angeles


MTI co-sponsored this select gathering of industry, government agency, academic, and community leaders seeking a way to accelerate public-sector technological innovation in transportation, energy, the environment, and many other nationally important community needs. Automated Transit Networks (ATNs), personal transit systems, were used as models for how to innovate while minimizing financial risk.

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

June 22, 2013 • San Jose CA


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its summer board meeting at the corporate offices of Wells Fargo Bank. Chair Steve Heminger, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission, presided.

MTI Awards Banquet and Commencement Exercises

June 22, 2013 • San Jose, CA


California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales delivered the keynote as graduates of MTI´s Master of Science in Transportation Management received their hoods at a banquet attended by families, friends and transportation leaders, including Secretary Norman Mineta and former Deputy Secretary Mortimer Downey. An award was given to Juan Crespi Middle School, the winning team in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. Alumnus of the Year Ahron Akimi was also honored.

Norman Y. Mineta Transportation Policy Summit on Transportation Finance

June 21, 2013 • San Francisco CA


The keynote was given by US DOT General Counsel Kathryn Thomson, who was introduced by Secretary Norman Mineta. A panel discussion included Dr. Asha Agrawal, Director of MT’s National Transportation Finance Center; former Deputy Transportation Secretary Mortimer Downey; California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty; California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales; and APTA Chair and New Jersey Transit Board Member Flora Castillo. Dr. Agrawal presented the latest research results from a national survey polling Americans about transportation taxes and fees.

CUTC Summer Meeting

June 10-13, 2013 • Memphis


As a leading member of the Council of University Transportation Centers, MTI participated in the organization’s summer meeting at the University of Memphis. The meeting included strategy sessions, workshops, committee discussions, and other business relevant to the members’ transportation research activities.

APTA Rail

June 1-5, 2013 • Philadelphia


APTA and MTI co-sponsored an afternoon workshop panel on June 5 addressing Seamless Intermodal Transfers. How are agencies creating seamless transfers and connections between modes? How are cities partnering with the private sector to deliver passengers to their final destinations? Can existing systems simply pick up passengers at the station, or will the routes and schedules require adaptations? The workshop also previewed the MTI study on how locating high-speed rail stations can best work with other public transportation systems.

Pre-APTA Rail

June 1, 2013 • Philadelphia


MTI presented a Mineta National Policy Summit on Transportation Finance: Catching Up with the Rest of the World. This afternoon workshop featured a keynote by Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. Panel moderator was San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission Director Steve Heminger, with a panel composed of COMTO CEO Julie Cunningham; APTA CEO Michael Melaniphy; Administrator Rogoff; and AASHTO CEO Bud Wright. MTI’s National Transportation Finance Center Director Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal presented the results of a national transportation funding survey, along with four years of trends.

Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition

April 9, 2013 • Nationwide


The annual Garrett Morgan Competition brought together middle-school students to present their ideas for sustainable transportation. This live streaming teleconference featured a talk by the US Secretary of Transportation, the director of the California Department of Transportation, and other industry leaders. The winning team was from Juan Crespi Middle School in El Sobrante CA.

Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley

February 23, 2013 •   San Jose CA


Let's Get Moving Silicon Valley was a day-long gathering of community residents, leaders, and activists interested in creating better-connected, affordable, and healthy communities in Santa Clara County and beyond. The Summit featured interactive workshops on creating better transportation options and more accessible communities.

High-Speed Rail Summit

February 11-13, 2013 • Washington DC


The US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) sponsored this summit at the Alion Conference Center, 1100 New Jersey Avenue SE, adjacent to the US Department of Transportation. More than 200 attendees were present, including rail manufacturers and suppliers, infrastructure design and construction firms, federal and state DOT officials, investment specialists, real estate developers, consultants, advisors, and industry executives. MNTRC/MTI executive director Rod Diridon is chair of the US HSR board.

Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

January 13-17, 2013 • Washington DC


MTI and MNTRC researchers were invited to present their papers at this prestigious conference that attracts more than 11,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The program covered all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops. The event was held at several hotels in the Rock Creek Park area.

Transportation Research Board, High-Speed Rail Workshop

January 13, 2013 • Washington DC


MNTRC and MTI presented a high-speed rail (HSR) workshop at the request of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The full-day session, with a keynote by US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and comments by FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo, featured six expert panels discussing many important facets of HSR in the US and internationally. An estimated 350 people attended throughout the day, including many high-ranking transportation officials.

Council of University Transportation Centers Meeting and Banquet

January 12, 2013 • Washington DC


This annual event honors CUTC members’ students of the year, as well as those who have won awards for their research papers. MNTRC Student of the Year was Martin Barna, who received a certificate and a $1000 cash award. MNTRC Trustee and retiring AASHTO CEO John Horsley received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

MNTRC Board of Trustees Meeting

January 12, 2013 • Washington DC


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, led by the Mineta Transportation Institute, held its winter board meeting at the offices of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Chair Steve Heminger, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission, presided.

High Speed Rail 2012

December 3-5, 2012 • Los Angeles


Business and political leaders joined the world's top experts to bring high-speed rail (HSR) to America, starting in California. Discussion included the state’s new HSR project, expected procurement process, phasing, financing, and rollout. Attendees learned about HSR systems in other countries, how they operate, how they are financed, how they change business operations, how China has built HSR in only a few years, and more. MTI was a co-sponsor.

California’s High-Speed Rail: Lessons from Asia

November 8, 2012 •  San Francisco CA


Co-sponsored by the Asia Society and MTI, this program reviewed models in Asia, such as Japan’s Shinkansen and those in Korea and China, to understand how high-speed rail systems have impacted travel, business, and livability. Will such an undertaking in California bring about similar changes? Or is it simply a waste of public funding? Featured speakers included John Eddy of Arup; Tian Feng of Bay Area Rapid Transit; and Rod Diridon of the Mineta Transportation Institute.

Transit Communications 2012

October 23-26, 2012 •  Dallas TX


The Mineta Transportation Institute co-sponsored this event and presented a speaker. This was the only dedicated event to date designed specifically to define the future of transit wireless communications. It placed special focus on using advancing technology and enhancing the passenger experience to advance networks and increase ridership.

Workshop on Transit Oriented Development, Urban Freight Movement, and Energy Reductions in APEC Urban Settings

October 25, 2012 • San Jose CA


This workshop presented the analysis results from several urban case studies examining the energy savings and reductions in GHG emissions of transit-oriented development (TOD) and urban freight movements. Those studies were conducted for the Intermodal and Intelligent Transportation Experts group of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation transportation Working Group. A presentation on the study results addressed both TOD and changes in freight transportation on congestion and energy use in the urban setting. Several experts from North American and Asia presented their own findings.

ThinkBike San Jose Workshop

October 22-23, 2012 • San Jose, CA


The ThinkBike program brought to San Jose the Dutch engineering expertise that has generated bicycling rates exceeding 40% in several Dutch cities. The opening session provided an overview of cycling in The Netherlands and described the San Jose locations to be studied. The day continued with discussion of design solutions. At the closing session, those proposed solutions were shared.

Podcar City Berlin

September 19-20, 2012 • Berlin, Germany


MTI and MNTRC Executive Director Rod Diridon was invited to deliver opening remarks at this international conference on Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), also known as “podcars.” He discussed interconnectivity between this automated transit and high-speed rail systems. The event, held at Technische Universität Berlin, was part of the InnoTrans Fair.

National Women's Bicycling Summit

September 13, 2012 • Long Beach, CA


MTI Research Associate Cathy DeLuca, PhD, participated on a panel discussing “Making Our Communities Work For Us; Women and the Political Process.” Dr. DeLuca included the results of her research on women’s participation on bike and pedestrian committees.

Fifth National Bus Rapid Transit Conference

August 20-22, 2012  •  Las Vegas NV


MNTRC partner the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, participated in TRB’s Fifth National Bus Rapid Transit Conference. The event brought together transit professionals interested in planning, implementing, and enhancing bus rapid transit service to discuss and share information on the latest developments, technologies, and lessons from the field.

California High-Speed Rail and Why It’s Important for the Nation

RITA Transportation Innovation Series (national podcast)

Listen live: August 15, 2012 , 1-2 pm Eastern / 10-11 am Pacific • Washington DC


Rod Diridon, MNTRC and MTI executive director, discussed the status of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, including the recent approval by the state legislature to sell HSR bonds and its approval of the revised business plan. Mr Diridon presented a PowerPoint that includes the contract schedule for the first $6 billion.

MTI Awards Banquet and Commencement Exercises

June 23, 2012  •   San Jose, CA


Graduates of MTI’s Master of Science in Transportation Management received their hoods at a banquet attended by families, friends and transportation leaders. Awards were given to the winning middle school team in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition.

MTI Board of Trustees Meeting

June 23, 2012  •   San Jose CA


Our twice-yearly Board of Trustees meeting was held in an all-day session. The agenda included updates from national and regional legislators and transportation leaders, legislative discussions, presentations from the MTI-led Mineta National Transit Research Consortium directors, and more.

Norman Y. Mineta Transportation Policy Summit

June 22, 2012  •  San Francisco CA


This annual summit was hosted again at the Commonwealth Club of California.

APTA Rail Conference

June 3-6, 2012  •   Dallas TX


MTI again participated in the annual APTA Rail Conference. At this premiere event, workshops and technical sessions covered timely issues of broad interest in operations, technology, safety, security, planning, finance, capital projects, and the technical aspects of providing all modes of rail service, including urban, commuter, high-speed, and intercity. The event included a products and services showcase with advances in railroad and rail transit markets.

Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Workshop

May 31, 2012 • Cambridge, MA


Emergency management leaders from FEMA Region I gathered at the Volpe Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a day-long workshop on developing continuity of operations/continuity of government (COOP/COG) plans and training. The morning focused on developing organizational level plans using MTI’s Generic Plan format, MTI Project 1080. The afternoon focused on the delivery of emergency relocation group training using Mineta Transportation Institute’s COOP/COG report.

National Transportation Workforce Development Conference

April 24-26, 2012  •  Washington DC


During the past two years, regional conferences on transportation workforce development have been sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and the Council of University Transportation Centers. The findings of those regional conferences were amalgamated at this national gathering. Education through community colleges, trade unions, professional academies, internships, and on-the-job training were of particular interest. MTI discussed Master of Science in Transportation Management program and findings from its recent study about workforce development for high-speed rail.

White House Roundtable Discussion with Community Leaders

April 12, 2012  •  San Jose CA


The White House, The Federal Transit Administration, and MTI hosted FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff at an informal policy discussion with 25 hand-picked community leaders from Silicon Valley, who gathered at the MTI offices. Transportation Secretary (ret) Norman Mineta was special guest. Administrator Rogoff carried the participants’ comments and concerns back to President Obama.

Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition

March 27, 2012  •  National


Middle-school students competed in a national videoconference to demonstrate their sustainable transportation projects. Speakers included Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; retired Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta; APTA President Michael Melaniphy; Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty; OCTA CEO Will Kempton; and others. The winning team, Morada Middle School, earned $1000 cash for their classroom.

Transportation Research Board, Rail Security Panel

January 22, 2012  •   Washington DC


The Mineta Transportation Institute presented a rail security workshop at the request of the Transportation Research Board. The half-day discussion, led by MTI security expert Brian Michael Jenkins, was offered on a timely, relevant, and critical topic, given the revelations that Osama bin Laden and al Qaida may have been planning rail attacks in the United States. While these plans were not well developed, it did underscore that terrorists do plan to expand their attacks beyond Europe and Asia.

Council of University Transportation Centers Meeting and Banquet

January 21, 2012  •   Washington DC


This annual event honors CUTC members’ students of the year, as well as those who have won awards for their research papers. MTI’s Robin O’Hara, a Master of Science in Transportation Management student, was awarded. MSTM graduate Mike Litschi won the Parker Award for outstanding research paper. The banquet also honored retiring APTA president Bill Millar with a lifetime achievement award.

MTI/MNTRC Board of Trustees Winter Meeting

January 21, 2012  •   Washington DC


The Mineta Transportation Institute hosted the board meeting, where the Mineta National Transportation Research Consortium was formally introduced, following the US DOT grant award. The meeting, held at Amtrak headquarters at Union Station, also introduced the directors of each partner university, who presented overviews of their respective programs.

Chinese-American Disaster Assistance Working Group

January 4-8, 2012  •   San Jose, CA


Chinese and American transportation leaders gathered at San Jose State University for four days of discussion about disaster mitigation and recovery as it relates to transportation infrastructure. The event opened with two days of presentations before the group embarked on two days of field trips to Caltrans, the Oakland Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and several other sites to learn about disaster management challenges and solutions.