5Fifth Annual National Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Symposium


The Mineta Transportation Institute brought together experts in surface transportation and students from elementary, middle, and high schools to discuss sustainable transportation topics on May 9, 2005. The goal was to introduce the students to transportation-related careers and to inspire them to pursue the academic curriculae that would lead to success in those careers. Students from Maryland, Virginia, and California participated in a videoconference, during which they heard a keynote statement from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. The students also presented project proposals for innovative transportation alternatives during the videoconference. The presentations were followed by a moderator-led question-and answer period featuring peer review of the projects and discussions of the young people’s perceptions of critical transportation issues that they will face in the future. This publication is an edited summary of the May 9, 2005 event.


Published: May 9, 2005
Keywords: Air quality, alternative fuels, congestion relief, fuel cells, bus rapid transit, magnetic levitation, solar-powered vehicles, transportation safety and security