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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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February 7, 2023 Exploring the Use of Public Transportation Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Survey  -  Online

This webinar was the first part of MTI Research Snaps' Advancing Transportation Equity series.

Millions of older adults rely on public transportation in their daily lives, but adults aged 65 years or older often face additional challenges accessing and using public transportation, and this population encountered even more barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic. How did limited mobility options (e.g., lack of buses or trains in service due a combination of government lockdowns, fear of contracting or spreading the virus, and driver shortages in certain areas) brought on by the pandemic affect older adults? Did transportation challenges result in more age-related declines in perceptual, cognitive, and physical functioning? This event explored how older adults living in major metropolitan cities in the United States used and perceived public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees learned about the potentials of mobile technology as an option for finding transportation information and how this study’s findings may help transit agencies develop effective strategies for meeting older adults’ transportation needs.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Egbe-Etu Etu is an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics at San José State University (SJSU). He is also a Research Associate in the Mineta Transportation Institute. Before joining SJSU, Dr. Etu received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Wayne State University in 2021 and his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Covenant University, Nigeria, in 2016. His research interests center on the development of use-inspired machine learning models to solve challenging business problems in healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. He is a member of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM), Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering (IISE), and SAVE International.

About the Series

Transportation moves the world—impacting the lives of everyone, everywhere. Like many industries, transportation has dealt with its share of issues in equity. Transportation professionals work collaboratively to identify, analyze, and overcome inequities in the industry, acknowledging a sometimes-painful past to ensure that transportation policies serve all communities equitably. 

This February, we hosted a 4-part MTI Research Snaps series on “Advancing Transportation Equity.” In this series, MTI researchers discussed transforming equity in transportation as we reflected on some of the most pressing issues of diversity and accessibility in the industry as a whole and how to overcome them. 

Webinars include:

  • Webinar #1 | Feb 7, 12:30-1:00p.m. (PT) | Exploring the Use of Public Transportation Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Survey

  • Webinar #2 | Feb 14, 1:30-2:00p.m. (PT) | The Central Valley Transportation Challenge 

  • Webinar #3 | Feb 21, 12:30-1:00p.m. (PT) | Free Transit: It All Depends on How 

  • Webinar #4 | Feb 28, 12:30-1:00p.m. (PT) | Voices of Impact

Presenters: Dr. Egbe-Etu Etu
January 24, 2023 Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation  -  Online

Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, is the recruitment, transport, and/or transfer of persons using force, fraud, or coercion to exploit them for acts of labor, services, or sex. According to the International Labor Organization, 49.6 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, of which 27.6 million were in forced labor and 12% of all those in forced labor were children.

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing organized crime with approximately $150B in annual profits. Like any business, trafficking relies on the transportation network—to recruit, move, or transfer their victims and to move goods produced by forced labor. Therefore, the transportation industry plays a critical role in preventing and combating human trafficking, as well as providing access for many survivors trying to leave their trafficking situation and obtain aid to rebuild their lives. 

This National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we hosted a one-hour webinar featuring expert panelists to showcase efforts to combat this issue in the United States. Discussions included the role of transportation agencies in facilitating effective prevention training programs and increasing accurate victim identification, as well as putting in place survivor-centered and trauma-informed response protocols.

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About the Panelists

  • Paul Chang, Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, US Department of Labor

Paul Chang serves as the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division. In his 28+ years with the agency, Paul worked on some of the most celebrated cases as an investigator and Assistant District Director. He developed numerous training materials and programs, including the Enterprise Model that focuses on strategic approaches to prosecution, protection, and prevention of forced labor. Paul served as the National Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) Regional Network. Paul is also a lecturer at Cal State LA’s MPA program and Vanguard University on Human Trafficking. He is the recipient of numerous Secretary’s Awards and community honors, including the 2019 Global Center for Women and Justice Diamond Award.


  • Holly Austin Gibbs, System Director Human Trafficking Response Program, CommonSpirit Health

Holly Austin Gibbs is the System Director of the CommonSpirit Health Human Trafficking Response Program. Holly oversees efforts to implement policies, procedures, and education that assists providers in identifying patients who may be impacted by human trafficking and in offering trauma-informed services. In 2014, Holly released a book titled Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery; and in 2019, she received the Sister Concilia Moran Award from the Catholic Health Association. As a survivor of child sex trafficking, Holly has testified before Congress and consulted for organizations including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the AMBER Alert program.

  • Polly Hanson, Senior Director, Security, Risk and Emergency Management, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Polly Hanson coordinates with APTA stakeholders to develop transit security, risk and emergency management standards and policies. She serves as the Vice-chair of the TSA Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee. Previously Ms. Hanson was the Chief of Police for AMTRAK, where she led a national police department responsible for protecting over 30 million passengers and 20,000 employees. Additionally, as the Chief of the Metro Transit Police in D.C., she led a tristate police department and directed the response to the terrorist attacks in Madrid and London. She received WMATA’s Carmen E. Turner Award, and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) named Ms. Hanson a “Woman Who Moves the Nation.” Ms. Hanson is a member of the Operation Lifesaver, Inc Board of Directors.

  • Elizabeth Jespersen, Manager, Organizational & Human Capital Development, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Elizabeth Jespersen has spent over 30 years in both the public and private sector of Transportation. As VTA’s Manager of Organizational and Human Capital Development, Elizabeth is responsible for all employee training and development programs. She previously served as the Supervisor of Organizational Development and Training. Elizabeth was deeply involved with Diversity and Inclusion initiatives including serving on VTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Committee and leading VTA’s Discover Opportunities in Transit grant partnership with the Federal Transit Authority. With the Director of Policy and Compliance, Elizabeth manages the Not On Transit Grant, which will provide federal dollars towards eliminating human trafficking in and around the VTA system.

Dr. Yagci Sokat is an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics at San José State University and a Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute with a passion for using analytics to alleviate human suffering in the areas of public health, humanitarian logistics, and human trafficking. Supported by the United States Department of Transportation, IBM, Valley Transportation Authority and San José State University, she has led various multi-disciplinary anti-trafficking projects and has served on several local anti-trafficking committees. She received her PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University and holds master’s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Fulbright scholarship.

January 8, 2023 to January 12, 2023 TRB Presentations 2023

MTI Research Associates and affiliated researchers presented at the 102nd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. This event attracted thousands of transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2023 meeting: Rejuvenation Out of Disruption: Envisioning a Transportation System for a Dynamic Future. 

Listed below is a summary of many of the presentations, workshops, and poster sessions where MTI researchers showcased their research. 

Sunday, January 8

Title / Session ID / Presenters (MTI affiliates in bold) Time
Reimagining the Future of Public Transit and Intercity Passenger Rail
Workshop 1030 - Envisioning the Future of Public Transit, Passenger Rail, and Shared Mobility Workshop
Karen Philbrick
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Innovations in Transportation Education
Workshop 1037 - Early Academic Successful Careers: Resources and Advice
Anurag Pande
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Monday, January 9

Tools and Techniques to Diversify Transit Workforce and Support Diverse Groups of Employees
Poster Session 2052 - Through a Gender Lens: Travel Behavior and Workforce Development
Ahoura Zandiatashbar, Mehri Mohebbi, Sumita Raghuram, Hilary Nixon


8:00 AM - 9:45AM
Who Fits In and Who is Moving Up: Perceptions of Belonging and Advancement by Gender in the Transportation Industry
Poster Session 2052 - Through a Gender Lens: Travel Behavior and Workforce Development
Hilary Nixon, Jodi Godfrey, Stephanie Ivey, Seyedehsareh Hashemikamangar
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Understanding Disruption in Transport: Financial Experience of European Transport Providers During COVID
Poster Session 2105 - Emerging Research Topics in Transportation Economics and Finance
David Weinreich, Karel Martens
10:15AM - 12:00PM
What Do Americans Think About Mileage Fees? Results from Year 13 of a National Survey
Lectern Session 2123 - Transitioning from Fuel Taxes to Mileage-Based User Fees
Hilary Nixon, Asha Weinstein Agrawal
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Roadway Pavement Cross Slope Evaluation using Traditional Tools versus LiDAR Technique
Lectern Session 2128 - Advances in Geospatial Data Acquisition
Anurag Pande
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM
V2X-ViT: Vehicle-to-Everything Cooperative Perception with Vision Transformer
Poster Session 2228 - Vehicle-Highway Automation 2023, Part 1
Runsheng Xu
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
OPV2V: An Open Benchmark Dataset and Fusion Pipeline for Perception with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication
Poster Session 2228 - Vehicle-Highway Automation 2023, Part 1
Hao Xiang​, Runsheng Xu
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Modeling the Impact of Connected Automated Vehicles on VMT, Emissions, and Equity in Southern California Region​
Poster Session 2229 - Vehicle-Highway Automation 2023, Part 2
Qinhua Jiang​
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Strategic and Tactical Decision-Making for Cooperative Vehicle Platooning with Organized Behavior on Multi-Lane Highways: A Field Experiment using the CARMA Platform
Poster Session 2229 - Vehicle-Highway Automation 2023, Part 2
Xu Han​, Jiaqi Ma
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Tuesday, January 10

Exploring Factors Impacting Telework in the Post-Pandemic Era by Discrete Choice Models with Latent Variables: Case of Los Angeles
Poster Session 3043 - Information and Communication Technologies, Activity Participation, and Travel Choices 
Brian Yueshuai He, Qinhua Jiang, Jiaqi Ma​
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Quantitative Analysis and Models of Passengers' Ride Quality and Comfort in Zero Emission Buses (ZEB): Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus and Battery Electric Bus
Poster Session 3048 - Transit Capacity and Quality of Service
Changmo Kim, Seoungwoo Ha, Young-In Kwon
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Assessing the Potential of Converting Conventional Four-Phase Signalized Intersections to Alternative Intersections with Three-Phase Traffic Signals
Lectern Session 3073 - Operational Effects of Intersections and Interchanges
Anurag Pande
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Does the alignment of regional and local transportation and land-use strategies mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through vehicle trip reduction? Empirical evidence from California
Lectern Session 3083 - Getting into the Zone: Zoning and Its Transport Impacts
Ahoura Zandiatashbar, Serena Alexander, Branka Tatarevic
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Natural Weather Aging Test for Asphalt Binder: Literature Review and Test of Olive Pomace Modified Asphalt Binders
Poster Section 3101 - Advancements in Physical, Chemical, and Aging Characterization of Asphalt Binders
Kun Zhang
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Public charging demand prediction for electric vehicles in large-scale transportation systems with a scenario- and activity-based approach
Poster Session 3108 - Current Issues in Alternative Fuels and Technologies
Qinhua Jiang
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Curb Space Design for Shared Automated Fleet
Lectern Session 3112 - Recent Advances in Access Management
Shams Tanvir, Dana Ebe, Anurag Pande
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM


Wednesday, January 11

A “Bike System for All” in Silicon Valley: Equity Assessment of Bike Infrastructure in San José, CA
Poster Session 4060 - Bicycling and Micromobility Research Omnibus Session
Hilary Nixon, Ahoura Zandiatashbar, Jochen Albrecht
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
A Baseline for 3D-LiDAR-based Cooperative Multi-Object Tracking
Poster Session 4064 - Emerging Sensor Technologies for Critical Transportation Data Needs
Zonglin, Xin Xia
10:15AM - 12:00 PM
Automated driving systems data acquisition and processing platform
Poster Session 4080 - Artificial Intelligence Applications in Transportation Planning
Xin Xia, Jiaqi Ma
1:45 PM - 5:30 PM
December 6, 2022 Addressing Freight Emissions in San José: Seven Objectives to Reduce GHGs  -  Online

Freight represents about 30% of transportation climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, but many local climate action plans and freight plans put little emphasis on freight emissions reduction strategies. Routes to Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Freight Transportation in the City of San José presents strategies for the City of San José to reduce GHG emissions from freight. While this study focused on GHG emissions from freight in a single city, the lessons gleaned from this case can be applied broadly to other cities and regions. Communities seeking to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions must focus on emissions from freight as a major contributor. By managing freight demand, utilizing low emissions modes, focusing on the last mile, and other critical objectives, we can reduce the negative impacts transportation emissions have on human and environmental health.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Serena E. Alexander is an MTI Research Associate and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Urban Online at San José State University. She is currently establishing the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) collaboration platform to serve as a repository of best practices of climate action planning across the globe. She currently serves as Visiting Scholar at USDOT Climate Change Center.

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Presenters: Dr. Serena E. Alexander
December 2, 2022 ARTBA's 12th Annual Student Transportation Industry Video Contest

The Student Video Contest is an annual competition aimed at helping students gain a better understanding of the importance of transportation infrastructure investment to the U.S. economy and quality of life, and to learn more about the industry and potential transportation construction career opportunities.

ARTBA’s Research & Education Division sponsors the competition, which is divided into two age groups:

  • Elementary, middle or high school students
  • Post-secondary, college and graduate students

Winners are selected in each age group. First prize in each category is $500 and second place in each category is $250.

Videos should be no longer than 2 ½ minutes and feature audio.

View past submissions | Rules and regulations

*This contest is supported by MTI and its Executive Director who also serves as ARTBA's President of Research and Education Division.
November 16, 2022 National GIS Day 2022  -  SJSU Student Union, Room 4A

The Spatial Analytics and Visualization Institute (SAVi) at San Jose State University celebrated National GIS Day 2022 on November 16, 2022, 5:15p.m.-8:00p.m., with a student poster competition at SJSU Student Union Room 4A.

The student poster competition, co-sponsored by SAVi and Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), received submissions from SJSU and the broader GIS community in the Bay Area. Posters focused on using GIS for transportation and environmental applications, including theory and practice of GIS and remote sensing, landscape design and urban planning, economic and mobility spatial analysis, transportation planning and design. 


2022 SJSU GIS Day Poster Presentation Competition

*MTI was a proud co-sponsor of the 2022 SJSU GIS Day Poster Competition

1st Place Winner 

Vaibhav Gopalakrishnan, Student, Master of Urban & Regional Planning, SJSU
A GIS-Based Analysis of Spatial Patterns for Vehicle Crash in San Jose, California

2nd Place Winners 

Tou In Kwan, Student, MA in Geography, SJSU
The Reclaimed Industrial Town: Mapping the Land Cover Change of Jurong, Singapore
Owen Hussey, Student, MA in Geography, SJSU
Using UAS to Measure Eelgrass Meadow Health and Extent Over Time

3rd Place Winners 

Mia Dong, Student, Master in Human Factor/Ergonomics, SJSU
Driving Aggressively or Conservatively? Investigating the Effects of Adaptive Driving Styles on Trust in Partially Automated Vehicles
Tram Le, Student, BFA in Photography, SJSU
The Decimation of Amazon Rain Forest
November 2, 2022 Connect for Your Career: An Introduction to Professional Associations in Transportation  -  Online

WTS-SF Bay Area and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) of San Jose State hosted this free virtual event "Connect for Your Career: An Introduction to Professional Associations in Transportation" that introduced university students and emerging professionals to Northern California transportation organizations that offer networking, professional development opportunities, and/or scholarship opportunities. 

Participating organizations include:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • American Planning Association (APA
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT)
  • Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of California (ITS California)
  • Latinos in Transit (LiT)
  • Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)

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October 25, 2022 to October 27, 2022 Research to Practice Transit Symposium  -  Online,   -  Gainesville, FL

The central theme for the symposium was “translating transit research into practice.” As the transit industry is poised to take advantage of the largest transit and rail investment in our lifetimes, the symposium will be a platform where transit experts share insights on how evidence-based research is being or can be used to make the most of these opportunities in a changing environment. In addition to discussions on transit research and practice in the US, a group of international speakers were invited to share transit insights from non-US contexts. The Symposium focused on the following topics:

  • Zero-fare transit
  • Fare collection and payment options
  • Electrification and zero emissions
  • Transit resiliency
  • Public health and transit
  • Mobility hubs and multimodal coordination
  • Strategic funding for public transit
  • Managing costs and maintenance

The Symposium took October 25-27, 2022 online, but attendees were able to attend in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida campus for in-person site visits in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as network with other transit researchers and professionals.

The Symposium was convened by a partnership between APTA, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), University of Florida Transportation Institute, and the T-SCORE University Transportation Center. 

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

October 18, 2022 Climate Change & Sustainability Fair  -  SJSU, 7th Street Plaza

One of the great challenges of our time is understanding and addressing climate change and its impacts. The Climate Change and Sustainability Fair provided a venue for the SJSU community to engage with solutions to this wicked problem. The goals of the fair were to provide the SJSU community with information to: 

  1. Learn more about climate change and what we can do to help preserve our planet

  2. Raise awareness and instill pride about what SJSU is doing to reduce our environmental impact

  3. Promote on-campus engagement in sustainability

September 15, 2022 Beyond Crypto: Blockchain for Urban Development  -  Online

Nonprofits in Oakland are planting trees to help with carbon sequestration to address climate change with the help of blockchain technology—a system in which a record of transactions are maintained across several computers linked in a peer-to-peer network. Blockchain provides an effective mechanism to codify process steps, enables any qualified individual or entity to easily participate in the delivery of those services, removes the need for single entity contracts, and also effectively tracks execution of those services. The process of selecting trees, getting permits to plant those trees in the right spot, planting the trees, and verification of proper planting all happen on the blockchain, and because activity is broken down and managed at discrete transaction level, anyone can participate in the effort as long as they follow the rules set out in the blockchain. This expert research investigates and develops specifications for using blockchain and distributed organizations to enable decentralized delivery and finance of urban infrastructure and the potentials of blockchain to empower everyone to improve transportation systems and their communities. Webinar also included Q&A with the project authors.

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Presenters: Dr. William (Billy) Riggs and Vipul Vyas



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