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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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September 23, 2018 VivaCalleSJ: SoFA to The Street  -  San José, CA

Walk, Skate, Bike And Play! Open Streets In San Jose!

Viva CalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. 

Each year's event opens upwards of six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods for people to come out and play for the day!

  • It’s free!
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 10am – 3pm.
  • It’s not a race, and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate.
  • There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far as you would like.
  • The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.

Check out the route and Activity Hubs!

September 11, 2018 to September 13, 2018 National High Speed Rail Leadership Summit   -  San José, CA

High Speed Rail to Silicon Valley! Business and politial leaders brought high speed rail to America at the National High Speed Rail Leadership Summit! California leads the nation in building state-of-the-art, 21st century transportation. The summit celebrated the great ongoing leadership and vision moving America forward! Construction is underway on the first phase of the state-wide, 800-mile super advanced transportation system set to revolutionize mobility in America. 

August 22, 2018 Silicon Valley Bike Summit 2018  -  San José, CA

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition hosted its 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit, the area’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from government, law enforcement, non-profit, and the public.

The Bike Summit discussed topics including: grassroots advocacy, engineering and planning, housing and transportation, bike share, Safe Routes to School and more.

Watch the opening plenary

Watch the awards and closing pannel.


June 23, 2018 26th Annual Awards Banquet and Convocation Celebration  -  San José, CA

Graduates of MTI's Masters of Science in Transportation Management were honored at a banquet attended by families and friends as well as national and international transportation leaders. An award was given to students from Toddy Thomas Middle School in Fortuna, the winning team in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition, and the MSTM Alumni Association honored its Alumna/us of the Year. 

2018 Banquet Images

© SJSU Photographic Services, photo by Nanzi Muro



Distinguished Guest Spearker:

Norman Y Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Ret'd.)





Recipient of the Inagural Norman Y. Mineta Innovative Leadership Award:

Senator Jim Beall, Chairman, California Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing





Keynote Speaker:

Laurie Berman, Director, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)








Lisa Rae Vickery, Transportation Superintendent, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) 

June 22, 2018 Ninth Annual Mineta National Transportation Finance Summit  -  San Francisco, CA

The need to invest in California’s transportation system is dire and after years of seeking a solution to the state’s transportation crisis, the State Legislature passed and the governor signed SB 1 (Beall, 2017), also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, increasing transportation funding by $54 billion over a decade. SB 1 provides the first significant, stable and ongoing increase in state transportation funding in more than two decades.

This free, half-day summit hosted by the Mineta Transportation Institute looked at how SB1 funds are being implemented and documented the strategies that state, local, and regional governments and transportation agencies are taking to address California’s transportation needs.

Take a look at some of the great photos of the summit!

To listen to the audio recording visit the Commonwealth Club audio archive and check out the vidoe of the summit on Youtube.

June 18, 2018 Going Places: Historic Transportation Day  -  San José, CA

History San José and the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation and explored how people have gotten from A to B throughout history. From electric cars to trolleys. In honor of Father's Day, dad's received free admission into the hands-on fun!

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May 22, 2018 to May 23, 2018 International Seminar: High-Speed Technologies on Railway Systems  -  San José, CA

This event on high-speed rail featured international experts sharing specialized knowledge of railway technologies. The seminar was oriented to qualified professionals, graduate engineers, local SBEs and senior students with interest in this field. It provided and expanded a qualified workforce for the development of HSR in California. Additionally, it was an opportunity to bring students into contact with international leaders and companies in these technologies. 

May 17, 2018 Electric Vehicles for EVeryone  -  Redwood City, CA

How is California accelerating the transition from polluting, fossil fuel cars to electric vehicles? Attendees learned about charging stations and infrastructure, what cars and trucks are available, saving money by going electric, and how everyone can benefit from the growth of electric vehicles.


  • Opening comments, Assemblymember Marc Berman 
  • Alan Suleiman from Silicon Valley Clean Energy discussed how community choice energy providers are helping with EV chargers
  • Mark Tang from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District explained the BAAQMD rebate program for low-income EV purchaser
  • Janelle London of  Colutura shared creative strategies using policy and culture to shift consumers away from gasoline engines
  • Shyam Nagrani of MotivPower discussed EVs for the medium-duty transportation sector
  • Moderator: Diane Bailey, Menlo Spark

Cosponsors: Acterra, Menlo Spark, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action, Mineta Transportation Institute



Presenters: Alan Suleiman, Marc Berman, Mark Tang, Janelle London, Shyam Nagrani 
May 16, 2018 Synchronizing Climate and Transportation Plans  -  Palo Alto, CA

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the region and the state. What transportation strategies make it harder to reduce GHGs, and what can help? How can we make better decisions today that support a sustainable future?

  • Widening highways or converitng exisiting lanes to express lanes
  • Building more parking garages, or less
  • Building more homes near transit, jobs, and services
  • The transition to electric vehicles
  • Transportation as a service

Co-sponsors: Palo Alto Forward, Friends of Caltrain, TransForm CA, Mineta Transportation Institute

Presenters: Billy Riggs, Michael Boswell, Gil Friend
May 10, 2018 “An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy” to premier at San Francisco’s CAAMFest36  -  San Francisco, CA

Former San Jose mayor, Democratic congressperson, cabinet secretary, founder of the Mineta Transport Institute (MTI), veteran, and World War II incarceration camp survivor, Norman Mineta’s life premiered on the big screen in Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi’s “An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy.” It was selected as the Opening Night film as part of the Center for Asian American Media’s (CAAM) film festival, or CAAMFest36, on May 10th in San Francisco’s Castro Theater.

“An American Story” highlights the challenges Mineta and his family faced while incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming as an 11-year old boy, inspiring him to become a community leader. Considered a man of many firsts, Mineta, according to producers Fukami and Nakatomi, personifies the dreams and aspirations of the Asian American community.



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