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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
March 14, 2018 to March 16, 2018 CALCOG Regional Leadership Forum: Takin’ It To The Streets!  -  Monterey, CA

Every year, leaders from regions across California gather in Monterey for the Regional Leadership Forum. This event combined a focus on current issues with deeper level discussions about the role of regional governance in California. For 2018, the Forum explored the ways that Senate Bill 1 is making California a better place to live, work, and thrive. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event. 

March 6, 2018 to March 8, 2018 West Coast Rail Conference  -  Los Angeles, CA

The world's leading rail experts joined with business and political leaders to discuss bringing fast rail to America at this conference. Construction is underway on the first phase of the 800-mile, state-of-the-art transportation system set to revolutionize mobility in America, starting with California. Once the system is built out, it will carry more than 100 million people each year, saving time, money, energy, and lives. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

February 21, 2018 Secretary Norman Y. Mineta Rotary Event: Retrospective on the Career of an Icon  -  San José, CA

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta is a hometown boy hardened in the crucible of the Japanese American internment camps of WWII; who succeeded against all odds as San Jose High School student body president, a UC Berkeley and ROTC graduate, Army intelligence officer during Korea, the first Japanese American mayor of a major US city, 21 years in congress in progressively more powerful positions retiring as chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, president of a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, and the Secretary of Commerce for Democratic President Clinton then Secretary of Transportation for Republican President Bush where he served for seven years, the longest in history.  Though now retired, that quiet but profound super-achiever continues to maintain his hometown contacts through SJSU's Mineta Transportation Institute, the San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport, and by serving on numerous nonprofit and commercial Silicon Valley boards. The Rotary Club of San Jose is immensely proud to host this most distinguished of the Valley's public benefactors, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, and the dear friend to all who know him simply as, "Norm".

February 20, 2018 Implementing the State Rail Plan  -  San José, CA

In the fall of 2017, California released its State Rail Plan, a strategic vision that provides an innovative framework for our rail network over the next two decades with the intended goal of creating a state-of-the-art rail system by 2040. During this event, participants explored the plan to learn more about its vision, how it supports the intermodal connections at Diridon Station and how it might change the future of travel throughout California for the better. Mineta Transportation Institute was a proud co-presenter of this event.

February 6, 2018 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Are Autonomous Vehicles Safe? Understanding What’s Already Here and What Needs to Happen"  -  Online

This webinar, organized through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office covered recently concluded and ongoing projects related to safety and regulatory concerns for the expanding market of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). The work presented was conducted within the past year at the RiSA2S Research Center of San José State University, a multi-disciplinary innovation center for the Risk and Safety Assessment of Autonomous Systems with funding support from the Mineta Transportation Institute. The activities of the lab are aimed at improving safety and better informing regulatory agencies in their recommendations for the certification process of autonomous systems. In particular, the seminar delved into three topics of current interest:

  1. An analysis of current AV accident statistics based on the data provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles;
  2. An examination of triggers and contributory factors of disengagements of the autonomous technology that controls the car; and
  3. An overview of current issues related to driver’s reactions to disengagements when collaboration is expected (e.g., Level 2 and 3 AVs) and presentation of ongoing human-in-the-loop study.
Presenters: US Department of Transportation
January 5, 2018 MTI Board of Trustees Meeting  -  Washington, D.C.

The Mineta Transportation Institute held its winter board meeting in Washington DC. Chair Grace Crunican, General Manager of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), presided.

November 8, 2017 Autonomous Vehicles and the City  -  San Francisco, CA

With the rise of autonomous vehicles, there are both opportunities and challenges in how these technological advances can be harnessed to reshape future cities and improve the socio-economic health of cities. Opportunities exist to reduce collisions and improve access to healthcare for those who need it most — particularly high-cost, high-need individuals at the younger and older ends of the age spectrum. Opportunities also exist to connect individuals to jobs and change the way cities organize space and optimize trips. That said policy has lagged in this area. And despite some high-level policy suggestions from organizations such, technological change is outpacing urban planning and policy. The purpose of this symposium was to frame and develop policy around the topic of AVs particularly focused on:

  • Land Use
  • Social Implications of the Technology
  • Economics

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

November 8, 2017 to November 10, 2017 Podcar City & Advanced Transit – Smart City, Smart Transit, Smart Energy  -  San José, CA

MTI sponsored the eleventh annual Podcar City conference focused on sustainable and innovative automated public transportation. More than 200 city planners, transit planners, academics, engineers, developers, elected officials, and others discussed this 21st-century opportunity. The Urban International Design Contest (or UIDC) was a main feature of the 2017 Podcar City Conference. The UIDC connected students with city professionals and together they worked toward the goal of educating, inspiring and motivating important stakeholders in how new modes of sustainable public transportation can be utilized in an urban environment.

September 17, 2017 Viva CalleSJ: Open Streets San Jose  -  San José, CA

VivaCalleSJ was a free recreational program co-sponsored by MTI that closed miles of scenic San José streets to motor vehicles. Participants walked, biked, skated, played, and explored the city as never before. The route spanned six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods including Japantown and Alum Rock Village, the Mexican Heritage Plaza, and parks including Lake Cunningham Park and Roosevelt Park.

August 8, 2017 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit  -  San José, CA

The 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit was the Bay Area’s largest gathering of active transportation leaders and organizers from government, law enforcement, non-profit, and the public. This year’s keynote speaker was Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and former Executive Director of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). Tamika discussed LACBC’s work on Vision Zero, law enforcement, and creating safe bicycling for the diverse population of LA. The Bike Summit also had sessions on Safe Routes to Schools, protected bike lanes, Bikes + Transit, planning low-stress bike networks, and bicycling encouragement programs. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.



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