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The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility 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.

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May 22, 2024 Emergency Preparedness in Motion: The Role of ICS in Transportation

If a wildfire, earthquake, or cyber emergency impacts a transit system—what happens next? How do transportation agencies respond in an emergency? The use of an Incident Command System (ICS) allows for a uniform response method for emergencies and is required by FEMA and the FHWA. ICS, however, is rarely used by transportation personnel. Transportation and emergency response experts discussed the pros and cons of implementing ICS training for field-level transportation supervisors and staff. 


  • Frances L. Edwards, PhDDeputy Director, National Transportation Security Center

  • Dan GoodrichSenior Transportation Security Scientist, National Transportation Security Center

Moderator: Karen Philbrick, PhD, Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

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About the Panelist

Frances L. Edwards, PhD

Deputy Director, National Transportation Security Center

Frances L. Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM, is professor emeritus of political science at San José State University, following 17 years as the Director of the Master of Public Administration program. She is the Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. A Certified Emergency Manager with over 20 years’ professional experience in California, she has served as acting assistant fire chief for the San José Fire Department, as Budget Analyst for the Irvine, California Police Department, and as Assistant to the City Manager in Florham Park, New Jersey. 

Dan Goodrich

Senior Transportation Security Scientist, National Transportation Security Center

Daniel C. Goodrich, MPA, CEM, MEP is a Senior Transportation Security Scientist with the Mineta Transportation Institute at SJSU, and the instructor for “Security Issues for Transportation Professionals” in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Master Exercise Practitioner, a Professional Continuity Practitioner and a Certified Security Specialist. He provides emergency management planning and training support to Caltrans and Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority. 

Presenters: Frances L. Edwards, PhD and Dan Goodrich
May 21, 2024 Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Transportation: Developing an Equitable VMT Mitigation Program for Santa Clara County  -  Online

This Research Snaps webinar was co-sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

New developments are popping up everywhere, and bringing more economic opportunities, more community engagement, more trips to new and exciting places—and more driving. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is working with partners to develop a program to reduce the amount of driving generated from new developments, and they called on a team from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) and San José State University (SJSU) students for help. This collaboration provided assistance in creating an equity framework for VTA’s proposed Equitable Vehicle Miles Traveled Mitigation Program. During the event, attendees heard from the researchers about identified strategies for equitable VMT mitigation programs and effective community engagement processes and how they can be applied to other jurisdictions.

Presenter: Serena Alexander, PhD, MTI Research Associate; Associate Professor, Northeastern University

Moderator: Hilary Nixon, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

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Presenters: Serena Alexander, PhD
May 17, 2024 Beyond the Pump: Rethinking Transportation Funding Without the Fuel Tax  -  Online

15th Annual Mineta National Transportation Policy Summit

While the climate benefits from booming electric vehicle sales, the nation’s transportation system faces an unfortunate predicament: less gasoline and diesel purchased means dwindling fuel tax revenue. Fuel tax revenue provides a core funding source for operating, maintaining, and improving transportation systems, so policymakers must find a replacement as soon as possible. This event explored such options as mileage fees, higher annual vehicle fees, or abandoning the user-pay principle and relying on general fund revenue.

See here for more information and recordings from past events in the series.

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MC MTI Tax Survey Presenter Federal Funding, Past and Future Panel Moderator
Karen Philbrick, PhD Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD Jeff Davis David "Davey" S. Kim


Karen Philbrick, PhD

Executive Director
Mineta Transportation Institute


Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD

MTI National Transportation Finance Center


Jeff Davis

Senior Fellow
Eno Center for Transportation



David “Davey” S. Kim

MTI Trustee

Senior Vice President & Principal, National Transportation Policy and Multimodal Strategy
Panelist Panelist Panelist
Carlos Braceras Ed Sniffen Ed Sniffen


Carlos Braceras

Executive Director
Utah Department of Transportation


Tim Gatz

Executive Director
Oklahoma Department of Transportation


Ed Sniffen

Hawaii Department of Transportation
Presenters: Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD, Carlos Braceras, Jeff Davis, David S. Kim, Tim Gatz, Ed Sniffen
May 8, 2024 Pedaling Progress: Equity Assessment of San José's Urban Bike Infrastructure via SJ-BikeEquity Tool  -  Online

This Research Snaps webinar was co-sponsored by SJSU's Spatial Analytics and Visualization (SAVI) Center.

Bike networks are growing nationwide—including in San José, which is keen on becoming “one of the most bike-friendly cities in North America.” Expanding bike networks and allocating funds require careful planning to ensure a fair distribution of bike infrastructure, but most assessment methods neglect differences in bike path classes that provide different safety and comfort levels for cyclists. MTI experts discussed an equity assessment of San José’s bike infrastructure, driven by a weighting system for different safety and comfort levels of the urban bike network, and what it could mean for traffic congestion, sustainability, and Bay Area communities. 

Presenter: Ahoura Zandiatashbar, PhDSJSU Assistant Professor, MTI Research Associate.

Moderator: Hilary Nixon, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

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Presenters: Ahoura Zandiatashbar, PhD
May 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024 SVBC's Bike Month and Bike to Wherever Days

Join Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition for Bike Month and Bike to Wherever Days!

Whether you bike every day or once every couple of months — or want to learn how — you’re invited to join thousands in celebration of the humble bicycle. May is Bike Month, and we’d love to have you, your friends and your family pledge to ride with us for Bike to Wherever Days, Thursday - Saturday, May 16 - 18.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Pledge to Ride during Bike to Wherever Days. Your pledge is free. It supports healthy, safe and joyful community and biking. And we’ll help make your great rides happen.

  • Bay Area Bike Challenge - 30,000 Miles for 30 Years of BTWD. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bike to Work Day by participating. Take the Challenge.

  • Celebrate with our great lineup of free biking classes and rides in your area to help you roll, our events calendar, plus a free, specially designed Bike to Wherever Days 2024 tote bag, enthusiastic support from Energizer Stations in your neighborhood, and chances to win prizes from local bike shops.

  • Spread the word of Bike to Wherever Days 2024 — see the media kit.

  • We need you! We’re seeking Energizer Station hosts now and volunteers for bike-bag stuffing and distribution parties and more!

*MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

April 28, 2024 SJSU Urban Planning Coalition's Spring Symposium: An Exploration in Urban Planning Careers  -  Student Union Meeting Room 2A, San José State University

The Urban Planning Coalition (UPC) at San José State University hosted its annual Spring Symposium. This year's symposium focused on An Exploration in Urban Planning Careers, providing insights into various career paths within the field of urban planning.

The symposium featured expert speakers and panel discussions covering crucial aspects of urban planning, including transportation planning, housing, and environmental planning. It provided an excellent opportunity for students and professionals interested in urban planning to network, gain valuable knowledge, and explore potential career prospects.

*MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

April 27, 2024 Environmental Literacy Summit 2024  -  Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San José, CA 95131

The Santa Clara County Office of Education hosted its third annual Environmental Literacy Summit on Saturday, April 24, featuring guest speakers, student-led panels, interactive workshops, and an opportunity to connect with community-based partners.

*MTI was an exhibitor at this event. 

April 25, 2024 Winner Announcement: 2024 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition  -  Online

In celebration of the 2024 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition, USDOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research, Development, and Technology's Director Dr. Firas Ibrahim and MTI's Executive Director Dr. Karen Philbrick hosted the annual winner announcement. 

Garrett Augustus Morgan (1877-1963) was one of seven children born in Kentucky to former slaves. After enduring the challenges of farming in the South and having to quit school to earn a living at the age of 14, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. While working as a handyman in Ohio, Morgan hired a tutor to continue his education, influencing him to open his own business as a clothing manufacturer and start a successful newspaper. Garrett Morgan's innovative drive led him to obtain many patents, but one of his most prominent inventions, the three-way traffic signal, was designed to make roads safer for everyone, especially pedestrians. It is not only for his inventions, but for his innovative spirit and determination for continued education in the face of adversity that MTI is proud to honor this trailblazer through the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. This year, competing teams were from California and Oklahoma, including the Hamlin School, Peter Hansen Elementary School, Julius Cordes Elementary School, Juan Cabrillo Middle School, Kennedy Middle School, Shawnee Middle School, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council - Boy Scouts of America, Tom Matsumoto Elementary School, Troop 492 - Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Troop 492 - Cupertino Rotary Club, Thornton Middle School, William Hopkins Middle School, and Christa McAuliffe Middle School.

April 20, 2024 2024 sciencepalooza!  -  San José, CA

Hosted by Synopsys Outreach Foundation in partnership ​with San Jose State University, it took place on April 20, 2024, ​from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Jose State University. sciencepalooza! is an annual interactive ​and fun event where students and families explore facets ​and pathways at STEM by engaging with local professionals, ​organizations, and students.

*MTI was a proud partner of this event.

April 15, 2024 Herbert Hoover Middle School STEM Day  -  San José, CA

MTI partnered with RAFT to host Herber Hoover Middle School's Leadership and English Language Development classes for a hands-on STEM activity focused on transportation.



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