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
November 8, 2021  Make the Connection: Next Stop Your Career  -  Online

WTS-SF Bay Area and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) of San Jose State hosted this free virtual event "Make the Connection: Next Stop Your Career" that introduced Bay Area university students studying transportation to local professional organizations that offer networking, professional development opportunities, and/or scholarship opportunities. 

At this event, Bay Area university students studying transportation (all disciplines) were introduced to the many wonderful professional organizations in our region, including:

  • Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)
  • American Planning Association (APA) 
  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of California (ITS California)
  • Latinos in Transit (LiT)

View Recording.

View Slides. 

October 29, 2021  SoFA Pocket Park Exploration  -  San José, CA

MTI is partnered with the SJSU Department of Urban Planning, Communivercity, and Veggielution on this community-based project. In order to gain broad participation in a downtown community survey exploring the habits of Downtown San Jose residents and the new SoFA Pocket Park, MTI co-hosted three outreach events, including two geared towards K-12 participants. 

October 19, 2021  (Cyber) Security Risk: Aligning the Transit Industry and Vendors to Address Increasing Cybersecurity Challenges  -  Online

How can the transit industry and vendors align to address increasing cybersecurity challenges? This webinar looked at research to help public transit agencies understand the cybersecurity risks posed by the role some vendors play in their systems, and aligned vendors’ interests with the agency’s to better understand, mitigate, and respond to threats. The research team is delving into crucial behind-the-scenes details with these issues by conducting interviews, reviewing best practices, and examining U.S. policy on cybersecurity in public transportation and potential changes from the new Administration. The researchers provided operational recommendations for public transit operators and supply chain of vendors to adequately combat critical cyber risks.

View Recording.

View Slides.

Presenters: Brandon Thomas
September 30, 2021 to October 1, 2021  2021 Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit Road to Recovery  -  Online

MTI is proudly co-sponsored Mobility 21's 2021 Summit "Road to Recovery." Mobility 21 is a coalition that brings together public, business and community stakeholders to pursue regional solutions to the transportation challenges facing Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. 

In this year's summit, speakers tackled such topics as:

  • California's Global Ports & Supply Chains
  • Carbon Neutrality
  • Employees Commutes
  • Transportation Advocacy
  • Equity 
  • Contractors
  • Housing

 

September 16, 2021  MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Roadblock Up On The Cloverleaf: Workforce Development for the Trucking Industry"  -  Online

The trucking industry transports goods essential to our everyday lives. In recent years, the industry has faced workforce dilemmas such as driver shortages and high turnover—and supply chain issues stemming from the pandemic only amplify these problems. How can we ensure this important workforce remains functional and efficient? How does trucking fit into the future of transportation? This webinar explored truck driver recruitment and retention as well as other broader industry trends. 

View Recording.

View Slides.

Presenters: Drs. Tom O'brien and Tyler Reeb
September 8, 2021  Progressive Parking Policies: A Conversation with Prof. C.J. Gabbe & Students  -  Online

The City of San Jose considered reducing the regulations it placed on parking to allow development to occur more easily. On August 27th, the City Council held a study session on this. What would these changes mean? Could they be beneficial for San Jose? How will they impact the next generation of San Joseans? Catalyze SV & Mineta Transportation Institute held a dynamic panel bringing together Professor C.J. Gabbe of Santa Clara University and his Environmental Studies and Sciences students.

*MTI was a proud co-sponsor to this informative event.

View Recording.

Presenters: C.J. Gabbe & Santa Clara University students
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.

View Recording.

View Slides.

Presenters: Anne Brown, PhD, Alice Grossman, PhD, Lucy Noble
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.

View Recording.

View Slides.

Presenters: Drs. Laxmi Ramasubramanian and Jochen Albrecht
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.

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