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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
October 10, 2018 to December 7, 2018 Norman Y. Mineta: The Life & Legacy of a National Leader and Son of San Jose  -  Special Collections Room (5th Floor)- Martin Luther King Jr. Library

This summer, the California Room on the 5th floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library presented a special exhibit highlighting San Jose Mayor and Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta along with other political leaders. In honor of Mr. Mineta, and through the sponsorship of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), an entire display dedicated to the man who ordered the grounding of all planes on 9/11. The display was in place throughout the Fall 2018 semester in the MLK Special Collections Room (MLK 560).


October 10, 2018 San Jose Film Premier of "An American Story: Norman Mineta & His Legacy"  -  San José, CA

San Jose Film Premiere An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Presented by Mineta Legacy Project & San José State University's Mineta Transportation Institute

This was a private invitation-only event. 

Immigration. Detention. Executive Order. Secretary Norman Mineta’s American story rings true 75 years after he felt the shame and humiliation as a child in a U.S. concentration camp and went on to seek justice for all Americans while serving 20 years in Congress and in two presidential cabinets.

His story hit the big screen in the documentary film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, which was followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Secretary Norman Mineta and filmmakers Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi.

October 9, 2018 Opening of the Mineta Archives at MLK Library  -  Special Collections Room (5th Floor)- Martin Luther King Jr. Library

On October 9th, 2018 the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in partnership with San Jose State and the Mineta Transportation Institute opened the Mineta Archives, which contain over 50 years worth of artifacts and documents from Norman Mineta's life as internment camp survivor, mayor, congressman, and son of San José.


October 6, 2018 to October 7, 2018 Friday Night Live Youth Summit

Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development, which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. 

The Youth Traffic Safety Summit is a place for young people from across the state of California to come together for two days to share, connect, create and empower one another to make their local communities safer. This event is made possible by the Allstate Foundation, the California Office of Traffic Safety and the California Department of Health Care Services. The Youth Summit is hosted by the California Friday Night Live.

MTI conducted a Friday Night Live workshop that introduced students to an MTI in progress research project that hits close-to-home and remains atransportation safety issue: the debate over e-scooters or the #escooterstruggle. In a mock community forum that debated the pros and cons of e-scooters, students participated in a role-playing model that required them to use such learning skills as: 

  • ​Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking & Diplomacy
  • Research Skills
  • Leadership
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • and more!

Students took away an understanding of the type of research that MTI does and its relevance to the real world, thereby demonstrating the significance that a commitment to their studies can have in the future. Additionally, participants were exposed to examples of both the benefits and dangers of broader mobility innovation. Participants gained a respect for safe options regarding all modes of transportation.


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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