Past Events

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.

Dates Events
May 29, 2020 MTI Research Snaps Presents:  Rising to the Transportation Challenge—Students Applying STEM Solutions to Improve Transit

With the Fresno State Transportation Challenge, K-12 students in the Central Valley gain new hope for their futures while making a difference in their communities. This webinar discussed the findings from this outstanding interdisciplinary program, led by the founder of the Fresno State Transportation Institute Professor Aly Tawfik, opens up exciting paths to higher education and careers in transportation and STEM by teaching teamwork, creativity, communication, and civic engagement. K-12 students also develop social-emotional skills while investigating complex real-world problems. Issues such as transportation safety and equity challenge participants to collaborate and creatively problem solve while exploring and shaping their futures. ​

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May 21, 2020 2020 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition

​Much like Garrett Agustus Morgan, who, despite his humble beginnings as the son of slaves, recognized the importance of education, ideation, and entrepreneurship, we too are living in a time of great innovation. Most recently in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we’ve seen businesses adapt to ensure the safety of their employees and communities. Most significantly we’ve seen individuals and whole communities rally behind essential workers like nurses, service industry workers, and transit workers to ensure that they can continue to provide those critical services and keep all of us moving. And that is what we do in transportation: keep things moving. Regardless of this pandemic our  industry is always teeming with new ideas focused on sustainability, traffic reduction, active transit, and others. And that’s where this competition comes into play by highlighting the significant creativity and innovation of these incredible students who put together projects despite the challenges associated with their schools closing as a result of COVID-19. 

Congratulations to the winners: 

  • In 3rd place and the winners of an official award plaque and $200 is American Indian Child Resource Center for their project ‘Day and Night,’ which looks into hybrid electric and solar charging stations for devices and double as light sources around transit stations! Congratulations!
  • In 2nd place and the winners of an official award plaque and $300 is Aptos Middle School for their project ‘Eco Drive,’ which proposes a bioethanol powered car with CO2 absorbing components. Congratulations!
  • Finally, in 1st place and the winners of $1,000 cash prize, a plaque, and a special recognition from our Trustees (drumroll) is California Montessori Project- Capitol Campus for their project ‘Fast. Easy. Smart: A Sustainable AV Plan for Cities,’ which proposes a system for the deployment of autonomous vehicles that meets societal needs as well as safety and environmental concerns. 
May 14, 2020 Research Snaps Webinar: COVID-19 & State-Generated Transportation Funds in California

The COVID-19 public health emergency drastically changed every aspect of California life, including reducing personal travel by as much as half in many regions. As a result, transportation revenues plummeted because user fees produce a large share of resources needed to operate California’s transportation system. This research used simple spreadsheet models to estimate the impact of different scenarios for economic recovery from the COVID- 19 pandemic on state-generated transportation revenues. The model covers the package of SB1 gasoline and diesel taxes, as well as two fees levied on vehicles.

Panelist(s): Drs. Martin "Marty" Wachs and Asha Weinstein Agrawal with Ms. Hannah King

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Presentation slides. 

April 18, 2020 POSTPONED- UPC Symposium 2020 'Redefining the American Dream: Silicon Valley's Housing Crisis'  -  San José, CA

[In light of recommendations regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the event has been postponed.]

Martin Luther King Jr. Library room 225 | 10:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. | AICP CM Credits: 4.0 (pending)

“Redefining the American Dream: Silicon Valley’s Housing Crisis” will brought together planning professionals, experts and advocates to shed light on the housing challenges facing our region and explored potential solutions. The presentation will be focused on four areas:

HOUSING FOR BETTER HEALTH

A dialogue amongst health professionals, policymakers and advocates on the linkage between the lack of affordable housing and increasing public health concerns.

MISSING MIDDLE: ADUs, JDUs, MICROUNITS

A discussion on how new laws will help integrate diverse housing choices and density into residential zoning districts.

BIG TECH, DISPLACEMENT & GENTRIFICATION

Addressing big tech’s housing pledges and their role in displacement and gentrification in Silicon Valley.

HOMELESS & HUNGRY @ SJSU

Bringing awareness to the lives of the homeless student and faculty population at SJSU.

 

• Breakfast & Registration begins at 10:30am

• Panels start at 11:00am

• Lunch will be provided

• AICP | CM 4.0 Credits (Pending)

April 9, 2020 Transit and COVID-19: How its impact differs from other emergencies  -  Online

COVID-19 is a contagious disease in the same family as SARS, and with similar properties to H1N1/swine flu. Yet COVID-19 caused community sheltering in place and drops in farebox revenues, and sales and gas taxes. The webinar has discussed what makes COVID-19 different and what to expect in recovery.

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Additional Q & A

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April 5, 2020 to April 7, 2020 POSTPONED- Calcog Regional Leadership Forum: Regions Rise Together  -  Riverside, CA

[In light of recommendations regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the conference was postponed until further notice.]

This Regional Leadership Forum explored the Governor's Regions Rise Together initiative. Leaders from every region shared their ideas about improving California by developing stronger partnerships between our state, regional, and local governments. Topics included:

  • Regional Planning & Housing Policy: Trends
  • Transportation & Climate Resiliency: Best Practices
  • Innovations in Transportation Mobility: What's Next?
  • What is the future for Sustainable Communities Strategies?
  • Inclusive Economic Development: Strategies
  • And so much more.  
March 19, 2020 MTI Research Snaps Presents:  Sexual Harassment on Public Transit: The University Student Experience  -  Online

Sexual harassment is, sadly, a routine experience for transit users. New MTI research explores San Jose State University (SJSU) students' experiences and perceptions related to sexual harassment and assault when using public transit. The report, Crime and Harassment on Public Transportation: A Survey of SJSU Students Set in International Context, found that twice as many women as men reported verbal and non-verbal harassment, but that both genders indicate harassment as a deterrent to using public transit. Fully 63% of SJSU students reported some form of harassment during transit journeys. The SJSU experience was then compared to findings from a global study surveying college students in 18 cities across six continents. These and other findings, as well as the researchers' recommendations,were discussed in the webinar.

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Take a look at the slides.

March 14, 2020 POSTPONED-SCC Women's Leadership and Policy Summit  -  San Jose City College, San Jose, CA

In light of recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the summit was postponed until further notice.

Women from all different backgrounds and walks of life gathered to discuss "What's Next?" 

This half-day confrence tackled difficult and important subjects such as:

  1. State of Women's Health
  2. Reproductive Rights and Justice
  3. Ending Violence Against Women
  4. Relationship Between Women and Homelessness
  5. Navigating Demands of Career and Caregiving
  6. Mentorship: Building the Pipeline
  7. Gun Safety Regulation
  8. Men and Women: Lean in or Out
  9. Climate Action and Environmental Policy
  10. Youth Panel: Mental Health, Vaping Epidemic and Sexual Assault
  11. Confronting Women's Workplace Challenges
  12. A lunch plenary session on Leadership: Step Up, Step Forward, and Stand Out

Get empowered, engaged and take action on issues affecting our communities.

March 13, 2020 Cancelled- Visiting Scholar Series: Selika Talkbott, J.D.

In light of recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the event was cancelled.

March 12, 2020 Navajo Tech Makers  -  Crownpoint, NM

This year’s fair moved into the fifth world of creation, or the glittering world, and feature the work of Native youth throughout the region with the 3rd Annual Innoventure Product Challenge. The Innoventure Product Challenge (see far right) is an annual competition that tasks regional middle and high school students with designing a 3D printed product and developing a business model in introducing it to the public. The competition is expected to provide a glimpse into what making will look like for Navajo people in the future, while providing an outlet for the youth to feature their work. 

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