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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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November 16, 2021 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems & Automated Features: Are They Driving Us to Safety?  -  Online

Automotive companies are constantly striving to enhance their vehicles to minimize and ultimately eliminate driver errors and enhance safety. Various advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated features are designed to warn, and in some cases, take over certain driving maneuvers. These systems are part of vehicles with driver assist technology, which are vital for the successful deployment of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) in the near future. What are these features? How do they work? How does a driver’s behavior vary when driving a vehicle with ADAS or automated features in rural, urban, and freeway driving scenarios? This webinar explored these questions based on research from evaluating drivers’ behavioral response to scenarios when driving vehicles with and without features like lane departure warning (LDW), blind spot warning (BSW), over speed warning (OSW), lane keep assist (LKA), and adaptive cruise control (acc).

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Presenters: Dr. Srinivas Pulugurtha and Raghuveeer Gouribhatla
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)

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Presenters: Anne Brown, PhD, Alice Grossman, PhD, Lucy Noble
June 25, 2021 MSTM 2021 Virtual Convocation Celebration

6:00-7:15p.m. (PDT) | View Event Page | View Program

As we begin to see the world move towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we bear witness to the resilience and strength of the American people. The class of 2021 has demonstrated not only these values, but also the determination to continue to better themselves, their career, and their future and ours. The MTI/SJSU community gathered to recognize and celebrate the graduating students in a virtual session. 

Joined by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Denver International Airport's Nominee for CEO Phil Washington, who recently led the Biden-Harris transportation agency review team, we came together to celebrate these future mobility leaders. 

This exciting MSTM celebration included individualized recognition of each graduate and award presentations.

 

 
Event Recording
 
 
Congratulatory Message from MTI Board of Trustees
 
 
Congratulatory Message from Paul Skoutelas
 
     
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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Presenters: Drs. Laxmi Ramasubramanian and Jochen Albrecht

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