Past Events

The California State University Transportation Consortium organizes or participates in numerous transportation-related events each year. Details about past events, including links to presentations and other relevant resources, when available, are listed below.

Dates Events
July 22, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Presents "Google It: Microtransit Pilot Via2G and the Future of Commuting"  -  Online

This webinar found alternatives to solo driving can help reduce congestion, improve air quality, and reduce parking demand.

In October 2019, Google contracted the company Via to launch a new on-demand microtransit commute option called Via2G. This webinar discussed three months of pilot operations to understand the trends, challenges, and successes of microtransit commuting. The Via2G program enjoyed increasing popularity over time, providing more than 7,500 rides to nearly 900 Google employees. Most trips were relatively short, suggesting the program complemented peoples’ existing commute modes.

Findings suggested future program iterations should seek ways to minimize deadheading, focus future programming and outreach on employees who always drive and/or complete errands on the commute trip, and extend program hours.

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June 17, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Using Twitter to Model Traffic Flows"  -  Online

This webinar discussed how Twitter data can be used to understand and explain travel patterns in the relation between commuting and non-commuting trips. Local and regional planners struggle to keep up with rapid changes in mobility patterns, but researchers looked at whether geo-social network data can help. When comparing a robust data set of tweets from the Bay Area to US Census LODES data, researchers found that the data closely matched, and concluded that the common practice of employing LODES data to extrapolate to overall traffic demand is indeed justified. Regardless of trip purpose (e.g., shopping, regular recreational activities, dropping kids at school), the LODES data is an excellent predictor of overall road segment loads.

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June 11, 2021 12th Annual Mineta National Transportation Policy Summit presents 'Electrifying the Transportation Future'

Transportation policymakers face two overlapping, once-in-a-generation opportunities: electrifying the nation’s vehicle fleet and re-establishing a stable source of federal and state revenue for transportation. As states and the Biden administration begin a push to rapidly electrify the US fleet for climate reasons, policymakers are under increasing pressure to rethink how states and the federal government fund transportation infrastructure and services. For decades, motor fuel taxes have generated the majority of state and federal funds spent on transportation, even if recently these taxes have been losing their purchasing power. However, a shift to electric vehicles will require a new transportation funding model. The speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities with such options as mileage fees, carbon taxes, higher vehicle registration fees, or a shift entirely away from user-generated revenue.

View Recording | View Program | View Flyer | View event page on Commonwealth Club website | View past MTI's National Transportation Policy Summits

May 22, 2021 Hayward Unified School District STEAM Innovation Showcase  -  Online

MTI proudly partnered with Hayward Unified School District’s Lorin Eden Elementary for their 2nd annual STEAM Innovation Showcase featuring projects related to the theme Building a Better World. This exciting district-wide event was designed to share student work with the community and highlight innovative projects and programs in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math.

May 18, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Curb Chaos: Managing the Curb After COVID"  -  Online

In recent years, curbspace has become more diverse and complex necessitating strategies for managing competition between multiple modes and types of users. This webinar featured policies, best practices, and lessons learned for managing curbspace in complex built environments and discussed recent changes in response to the global pandemic. Topics discussed include:

  • Fees for access and use;
  • Prioritizing access for public transportation, cyclists, pedestrians, older adults, youth, and people with disabilities;
  • Geofencing to limit curb access; and
  • Pricing; and other related strategies.

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May 3, 2021 MTI Photography Contest

MTI held a photography contest open to all who take an interest in photography. MTI embraces diverse submissions and photographers to amplify the convergence of all voices. The 2021 theme for this contest was ground transportation with an emphasis on safety by diverse groups ranging in age, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ground transportation methods including but not limited to autonomous vehicles, bicycling, micro-mobility, pedestrian access, public transit, etc. Safe transit practices should be observed in the images (i.e. helmets for bicyclists, e-scooters in bike lanes, etc.). 

April 26, 2021 to April 27, 2021 Lorin Eden Elementary Science Fair  -  Online

MTI was a proud partner of Lorin Eden Elementary of Hayward, CA for their annual STEAM Innovation Showcase, where students unveiled their sustainable transportation-related projects. After exploring three critical areas of transportation— active transportation, fuel sources, and new and emerging technology, these students had the opportunity to discuss their ideas with transportation professionals.

Featured speakers from: 
- California High Speed Rail and Fresno's Institute of Transportation

April 22, 2021 Award Ceremony: 2021 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition   -  Online

This award ceremony celebrated the winners of the 2021 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition and featured a keynote address by Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Chief Science Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Place School Name Location
1

From the Heart Christian School

Suitland, MD
2 California Montessori Project - Capitol Campus Sacramento, CA
3 Ni River Middle School Spotsylvania, VA
4 Korematsu Middle School El Cerrito, CA
5 Orlando Science Middle School - Cramp Orlando, FL
6 Alta Vista Middle School  San Francisco, CA
7 STEAM Academy at Burke Middle School Pico Rivera, CA
8 Orlando Science Middle School - Swatzell Orlando, FL
9 Orlando Science Middle School - Umholtz Orlando, FL

 

2021 Garrett Morgan Awarding Ceremony (video)

 

April 22, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Will AVs Do Away with Traffic Fines and Fees?"  -  Online

This webinar discussed how widespread autonomous vehicle use impact traffic law violations and current government revenue schematics. States and localities have the opportunity to rethink and replace current practices since these vehicles will likely commit fewer traffic offenses. Governments can begin to reallocate resources that are currently invested in writing these tickets, defending the charges, and pursuing the debts in addition to re-evaluating the considerable equity issues that autonomous vehicle adoption may further highlight. 
 

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March 22, 2021 to March 23, 2021 2021 Calcog Regional Leadership Forum: Resilient Regions  -  Online

MTI was proud to co-sponsor this year's Calcog Leadership Forum, focusing on "Resilient Regions." The conversation and top leaders discussed what California should be doing for "Pete's sake." This virtual conference completed with networking opportunities and roundtable discussions featuring a wide array of knowledgeable and enthusiastic speakers on pandemic challenges and recovery. 

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