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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.

Dates Events
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

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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Presenters: Selika Josiah Talbott, J.D.
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. 

March 18, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Digital Butts in Seats: Creating Interesting, Engaging Virtual Events"  -  Online

By now, we've all adjusted to Zoom meetings and online events, but are you utilizing technology's potential or was there a scramble to move everything digital with a "Phew! That'll do." attitude? In a survey by HubSpot, only 23% of companies were set up for remote work prior to COVID-19; 51% of companies weren't prepared for remote work at all and had to quickly pivot their in-person strategies. However, online events and in-person events were not created equal. This misunderstanding has led to day-long, butt-numbing virtual conferences, Zoom fatigue, and challenges maintaining team enthusiasm and participation. Sound familiar? With a few simple tips, you can learn the formula for effectively engaging your online community.

Webinar discussed:

  • Understanding participant attention: online vs. in-person events
  • Creating memorable and effective content
  • Utilizing the right technology


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Presenters: Paige Malott
March 4, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "TODs and Park and Rides, Which is Appropriate Where?"  -  Online

In the quest for environmental quality as the pandemic subsides, many urban planners understand and appreciate that housing located within walking distance of rail stations and bus stops motivates many local residents to choose commuting on buses and trains rather than driving. But what about those park-and-ride (PnR) facilities for the commuters who choose to live in places beyond walking distance to transit? Attendees listened to the new research-based evidence on where parking provides a boost to bus and train ridership that is double to four times the impact of transit-adjacent housing. This webinar started the discussion of how transit agencies should react to the research.

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Presenters: John Niles, J. Mike Pogodzinski, PhD
February 16, 2021 Safe Routes to School in 2021: Let’s Walk the Walk  -  Online

As schools prepare to fully reopen, how can Safe Routes to School programs (SRTS) help prepare for the resurgence of children walking and rolling through busy intersections? MTI researchers analyzed the relationship between the presence of SRTS programs and the likelihood that children will travel to school by active modes. They also identified the potential to bolster existing SRTS programs by leveraging university student and city partnerships. Both of the research projects featured in this webinar dive into the racial and geographical demographics of the student population in areas with SRTS programs at different stages of implementation.

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Presenters: Michelle Lieberman, Dr. Carole Voulgaris, PhD, Dr. Anurag Pande, PhD, and Richard Kos
February 6, 2021Sciencepalooza! 2021 Sciencepalooza! 2021  -  Online

MTI proudly participated in Sciencepalooza! where a winning team received the "MTI Innovative Transportation Project Award" and a prize of $200. 

Sciencepalooza! is a science fair for all East Side Union High School (ESUHSD) students, whether they're a first-time science fair participant, a returning participant, and/or someone who wants to get a head start on a project for the regional science fair a few weeks later. Usually 700-900 students from different grade levels participate to create the most authentic "real world" work they can. These projects require students to create solutions, meet deadlines, and explain their product/ project. 

January 14, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Local Policy for Automated Mobility"  -  Online

Autonomous and automated vehicles, which are both electric and shared—promise to reduce reliance on the personally-owned gasoline-powered car and have the potential to make our cities safer, cleaner, more inclusive, and more sustainable. Yet this vision can only be achieved with policy support at the city, state, and federal levels of government. Local policymakers specifically are uniquely positioned to harness these technological innovations.

Attendees learned how curb use and demand management; parking redesign; asset maintenance; right of way standardization; and cyclist and pedestrian-friendly projects can help cities meet emerging transportation demand more efficiently.

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Presenters: William "Billy" Riggs, PhD



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