Past Events

The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility organizes or participates in numerous transportation-related events each year. Details about past events, including links to presentations and other relevant resources, when available, are listed below.

Dates Events
September 30, 2021 to October 1, 2021 2021 Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit Road to Recovery  -  Online

MTI is proudly co-sponsored Mobility 21's 2021 Summit "Road to Recovery." Mobility 21 is a coalition that brings together public, business and community stakeholders to pursue regional solutions to the transportation challenges facing Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. 

In this year's summit, speakers tackled such topics as:

  • California's Global Ports & Supply Chains
  • Carbon Neutrality
  • Employees Commutes
  • Transportation Advocacy
  • Equity 
  • Contractors
  • Housing

 

September 16, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Roadblock Up On The Cloverleaf: Workforce Development for the Trucking Industry"  -  Online

The trucking industry transports goods essential to our everyday lives. In recent years, the industry has faced workforce dilemmas such as driver shortages and high turnover—and supply chain issues stemming from the pandemic only amplify these problems. How can we ensure this important workforce remains functional and efficient? How does trucking fit into the future of transportation? This webinar explored truck driver recruitment and retention as well as other broader industry trends. 

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View Slides.

Presenters: Drs. Tom O'brien and Tyler Reeb
September 8, 2021 Progressive Parking Policies: A Conversation with Prof. C.J. Gabbe & Students  -  Online

The City of San Jose considered reducing the regulations it placed on parking to allow development to occur more easily. On August 27th, the City Council held a study session on this. What would these changes mean? Could they be beneficial for San Jose? How will they impact the next generation of San Joseans? Catalyze SV & Mineta Transportation Institute held a dynamic panel bringing together Professor C.J. Gabbe of Santa Clara University and his Environmental Studies and Sciences students.

*MTI was a proud co-sponsor to this informative event.

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Presenters: C.J. Gabbe & Santa Clara University students
July 22, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Presents "Google It: Microtransit Pilot Via2G and the Future of Commuting"  -  Online

This webinar found alternatives to solo driving can help reduce congestion, improve air quality, and reduce parking demand.

In October 2019, Google contracted the company Via to launch a new on-demand microtransit commute option called Via2G. This webinar discussed three months of pilot operations to understand the trends, challenges, and successes of microtransit commuting. The Via2G program enjoyed increasing popularity over time, providing more than 7,500 rides to nearly 900 Google employees. Most trips were relatively short, suggesting the program complemented peoples’ existing commute modes.

Findings suggested future program iterations should seek ways to minimize deadheading, focus future programming and outreach on employees who always drive and/or complete errands on the commute trip, and extend program hours.

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View Slides.

Presenters: Anne Brown, PhD, Alice Grossman, PhD, Lucy Noble
June 17, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Using Twitter to Model Traffic Flows"  -  Online

This webinar discussed how Twitter data can be used to understand and explain travel patterns in the relation between commuting and non-commuting trips. Local and regional planners struggle to keep up with rapid changes in mobility patterns, but researchers looked at whether geo-social network data can help. When comparing a robust data set of tweets from the Bay Area to US Census LODES data, researchers found that the data closely matched, and concluded that the common practice of employing LODES data to extrapolate to overall traffic demand is indeed justified. Regardless of trip purpose (e.g., shopping, regular recreational activities, dropping kids at school), the LODES data is an excellent predictor of overall road segment loads.

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Presenters: Drs. Laxmi Ramasubramanian and Jochen Albrecht
June 11, 2021 12th Annual Mineta National Transportation Policy Summit presents 'Electrifying the Transportation Future'

Transportation policymakers face two overlapping, once-in-a-generation opportunities: electrifying the nation’s vehicle fleet and re-establishing a stable source of federal and state revenue for transportation. As states and the Biden administration begin a push to rapidly electrify the US fleet for climate reasons, policymakers are under increasing pressure to rethink how states and the federal government fund transportation infrastructure and services. For decades, motor fuel taxes have generated the majority of state and federal funds spent on transportation, even if recently these taxes have been losing their purchasing power. However, a shift to electric vehicles will require a new transportation funding model. The speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities with such options as mileage fees, carbon taxes, higher vehicle registration fees, or a shift entirely away from user-generated revenue.

View Recording | View Program | View Flyer | View event page on Commonwealth Club website | View past MTI's National Transportation Policy Summits

May 18, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Curb Chaos: Managing the Curb After COVID"  -  Online

In recent years, curbspace has become more diverse and complex necessitating strategies for managing competition between multiple modes and types of users. This webinar featured policies, best practices, and lessons learned for managing curbspace in complex built environments and discussed recent changes in response to the global pandemic. Topics discussed include:

  • Fees for access and use;
  • Prioritizing access for public transportation, cyclists, pedestrians, older adults, youth, and people with disabilities;
  • Geofencing to limit curb access; and
  • Pricing; and other related strategies.

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Presenters: Susan Shaheen, PhD
May 3, 2021 MTI Photography Contest

MTI held a photography contest open to all who take an interest in photography. MTI embraces diverse submissions and photographers to amplify the convergence of all voices. The 2021 theme for this contest was ground transportation with an emphasis on safety by diverse groups ranging in age, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ground transportation methods including but not limited to autonomous vehicles, bicycling, micro-mobility, pedestrian access, public transit, etc. Safe transit practices should be observed in the images (i.e. helmets for bicyclists, e-scooters in bike lanes, etc.). 

April 26, 2021 to April 27, 2021 Lorin Eden Elementary Science Fair  -  Online

MTI was a proud partner of Lorin Eden Elementary of Hayward, CA for their annual STEAM Innovation Showcase, where students unveiled their sustainable transportation-related projects. After exploring three critical areas of transportation— active transportation, fuel sources, and new and emerging technology, these students had the opportunity to discuss their ideas with transportation professionals.

Featured speakers from: 
- California High Speed Rail and Fresno's Institute of Transportation

April 22, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Will AVs Do Away with Traffic Fines and Fees?"  -  Online

This webinar discussed how widespread autonomous vehicle use impact traffic law violations and current government revenue schematics. States and localities have the opportunity to rethink and replace current practices since these vehicles will likely commit fewer traffic offenses. Governments can begin to reallocate resources that are currently invested in writing these tickets, defending the charges, and pursuing the debts in addition to re-evaluating the considerable equity issues that autonomous vehicle adoption may further highlight. 
 

View Recording.

View Slides.

Presenters: Selika Josiah Talbott, J.D.

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