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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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April 8, 2022 SJSU Urban Planning Spring Symposium: Racial Equity in Transportation Planning  -  Online

This year we focused the discussion around racial equity in the field of transportation planning. This event aimed to give attendees a better understanding of some of the problems that minority communities face in transportation and mobility and some of the ways that these issues can be addressed through the planning process.

Our keynote speaker was Tamika Butler, who kicked off our discussion with a short presentation about their work in the field of transportation followed by a brief Q&A session.

Following the keynote speaker, we had a short discussion with our panel of experts including:

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Presenters: April Rae, Kimberly Slaughter, Rameses Madou, Clarissa Cabansagan, and Natasha Opfell
April 6, 2022 to April 9, 2022 California Bicycle Summit 2022  -  Oakland, CA

On April 2022, the California Bicycle Summit returned to Oakland for four days of keynote addresses, workshops, and bike rides. 

This inspiring biennial gathered California bicycle advocates, planners, agency administrators, and more. The California Bicycle Summit is the state’s most important bicycle advocacy event and one of the nation’s leading bicycle-related conferences. Attendees were able to learn, share, inspire, and meet others who shared the same passion in biking!

*MTI was a proud sponsor of this summit.

March 29, 2022 A Hands-On Exploration of the Bay Area Parking Census  -  Online

The Mineta Transportation Institute, in partnership with SPUR and researchers at Arizona State University, created a parking census of the Bay Area has revealed the true enormity of land that we dedicate to our cars: 15 million spaces spread across the region’s nine counties. To coincide with the launch of this census we’re also releasing the database that was used as the backbone for our research. This innovative, publicly-available tool can serve as an important asset to help policymakers and planners throughout the Bay Area make more strategic decisions about parking. But such a tool is only useful if you know what to do with it. This interactive workshop taught us the data-rich index of the region’s parking surfeit can be wielded to inform policy changes, both big and small, in your own city.

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

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March 24, 2022 How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 2  -  Online

This webinar talked about the independent consultants and small business owners and their experience starting their business, with a focus on key administrative steps and considerations (e.g., necessary permits, selecting insurance, setting billing rates). VTA’s Office of Business Diversity Programs also shared more about state and local small business certification programs. 

Panelists included:

  • Diana Dorinson, Founder and Principal, Transportation Analytics
  • Danielle Stanislaus, President, Emergent Transportation Concepts
  • Jennifer Mena, Business Diversity Programs Analyst, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)


Tentative Dates of Upcoming Events in the Series

Part 3: Getting Work - Building Your Client Base & Winning Contracts


Thursday, April 26, 2022

12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)

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Presenters: Diana Dorinson, Danielle Stanislaus, and Jennifer Mena
March 9, 2022 Effects of Bike Lending on Commuting to Work: The Google Case Study  -  Online

How are high tech employees returning to work? Maybe by bike. Google employees borrowed high quality electric- assisted and conventional bicycles for free, for up to six months. MTI researchers discussed their recent evaluation of this transportation demand management program in this webinar.

The lending program at Google represents one of the largest employer-sponsored bike and e-bike lending programs in North America with over 1,000 bikes in its inventory. More individuals and agencies have shown interest in e-bike rebates and in the role of public policy in the shift from four wheels to two. This evaluation is a critical first step toward understanding the potential for bike lending as a strategy in North American suburban contexts. 

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Presenters: Dillon Fitch, Lucy Noble, and Terry Mac
February 28, 2022 Coming to Terms with the Bay Area's Parking Problem  -  Online

Parking may seem scarce when you’re looking for just the right spot, but it’s actually one of the Bay Area’s most expansive resources. With 15 million parking spaces — enough to wrap around the planet more than twice — the region has an excessive amount of parking. Yet for decades, planners have operated blindly when they attempt to determine parking needs or assess the impacts of new parking policies. Thsi webinar discussed a new effort, the Bay Area Parking Census, produced by the Mineta Transportation Institute in partnership with SPUR, to quantify the region’s parking supply and its negative impacts on health, climate and affordability. The discussion was led by the effort’s principal researcher, Mikhail Chester, PhD, to learn more about the Bay Area Parking Census and the strategies that Bay Area cities can use to reduce, manage and convert parking.

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

February 16, 2022 Riding with Transportation Equity  -  Online

How can the transportation industry approach issues of diversity and accessibility in the workforce, in transit riders, and in the community? How can we overcome historic and current injustices both by taking action now and by laying the groundwork for further transformation down the road? By shifting from broader conversations on equity to timely, focused discussions and hands-on planning, our industry can begin to understand and address the needs of community members of all ages, races, genders, and abilities. This Black History Month, MTI and a panel of experts to discussed transforming racial inequity in the transportation industry. We reflected on some of the most pressing issues of equity in our nation and industry today, and contributed to the discussion about how to address these issues.

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February 10, 2022 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Artificial Intelligence for Real-Time Traffic Vision, Detection, Tracking, and Counting  -  Online

Traffic fatalities, which are on the rise, leave pedestrians and bicyclists highly vulnerable. Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered systems that monitor and manage traffic flow can significantly improve safety for everyone. Until recently, there was no effective automated system for monitoring the movement of vulnerable road users. MTI funded research contributed to the development and implementation of  an accurate, real-time, and automatic system based on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to monitor, detect, track, count, and manage traffic elements like pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and more. This cost-effective system does NOT require installing new cameras. Instead, the system has been trained on videos captured from existing traffic cameras in Los Angeles. The results demonstrate more than 97% accuracy in pedestrian counting. We have presented the system’s features and capabilities in this webinar.

Presenters: Mohammad Pourhomayoun, PhD
February 10, 2022 How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 1  -  Online

Part 1: The Inspiration - Lessons Learned from Small Business Owners

WTS-SF Bay Area and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) of San Jose State hosted a virtual event "How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 1." Thinking about starting a consulting business? While the idea is exciting, the actual process can be quite daunting. We created this three-part series about starting your own business to help you get on your way.

This first session was an opportunity to talk with three business owners about how they started off, what they've learned on the way, and their successes and challenges.

Panelists included:

  1. Eileen Goodwin, President, Apex Strategies
  2. Ronny Kraft, Planner, Ronny Kraft Consulting
  3. Dominic Tafoya, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, VST Engineering

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Tentative Dates of Upcoming Events in the Series

Part 2: The Paperwork - Understanding Forms & Certifications
Thursday, March 24, 2022
12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)
Part 3: Getting Work - Building Your Client Base & Winning Contracts
Thursday, April 21, 2022
12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)
January 28, 2022 to January 30, 2022 Student Leadership Summit 2022

MTI was a proud to co-sponsor of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) SJSU Student Leadership Summit (SLS), an event organized by students to promote guidance and professional development through fun events such as presentations, socials, and technical events. Previously hosted by California Polytechnic State University, it was a great honor to continue the tradition of providing opportunities on behalf of San Jose State University for students to network with professionals in the transportation sector and streamline their interpersonal and leadership skills.



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