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
May 6, 2018  4th Annual “Silicon Valley Bikes!” Festival & Bicycle Show  -  San José, CA

We joined our Valley’s racing, road, cargo, fixed gear, cruiser, recreation, vintage, lowrider, mountain biking, BMX, cool urban lifestyle cyclists and their families for a day of fun and community building. This was a collaboration between History San José, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Mineta Transportation Institute, Specialized Bicycles, Gooseneck Bicycles, Santa Clara Valley Brewing and more. 

May 5, 2018  Women in Leadership League (WILL) Conference 2018  -  San José, CA

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Lucas College of Business hosted the 2nd Annual Women in Leadership League Conference. This conference brought together top women leaders, alumni, and students from all disciplines. The day provided a mix of keynote addresses and small group discussions, which provided participants with inspirational experiences as well as practical advice and strategies from successful women leaders. 

April 30, 2018  Optimizing Our Highways: Moving more people with fewer cars  -  Burlingame, CA

An express lane is now being considered on 101 from San Francisco to San Jose, but projections show that it alone will do little to solve Bay Area traffic woes. It is increasingly clear that the only way to get to the root of congestion — and to reduce climate emissions — is by catalyzing a dramatic shift from solo driving to carpools, shuttles, transit and incentivizing a shift to clean vehicles. Can we make Silicon Valley the place to break out with truly disruptive ideas that work?


  • Stuart Cohen and Chris Lepe, Executive Director and Senior Community Planner at TransForm, outlined how a 101 Mobility Action Plan (MAP) can achieve stronger equity and environmental outcomes while improving mobility.
  • Jeff Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard, discussed how to best implement managed/express lanes.
  • We'll also create ways for the audience to get your ideas into the mix.

Proudly co-sponsored by the Mineta Transportation Institute.

April 27, 2018  Careers in Transportation  -  Duncan, B.C.

MTI's Director of Research and Technology Transfer presented on careers in transportation to Grade 2 students at Bench Elementary School.

April 19, 2018  Three Revolutions: Planning for an electric, autonomous, shared transportation future  -  San Carlos, CA

Three revolutions will fundamentally change transportation. But whether these changes will be for better or worse for social equity, traffic congestion, pollution, and energy use, will depend on the policy choices people make now.

Topics/ Speakers

  • Dan Sperling, UC Davis - 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

  • Debs Schrimmer, Lyft - Technology/service provider perspective

  • Clarrissa Cabansagan, TransForm - Policy and Equity considerations

  • Moderator: Billy Riggs, MTI Research Associate

Co-sponsors: SAMCEDA, Menlo Spark, TransForm, Friends of Caltrain, Mineta Transportation Institute

April 2, 2018  Beyond Commuter Rail: International models of rail excellence  -  Mountain View, CA

Alon Levy, writer and analyst about transit systems around the world, visited the United States to present international examples of effective rail and transit systems, and a critique of the practices that hold the U.S. back from excellent service.

As Caltrain prepares a business plan for the era of electric service, the event addressed what the U.S. could learn about the transformation of commuter rail around the world. As well as, what the Bay Area could learn about pulling together seamlessly integrated transit systems in complex regions?

Co-sponsors: Menlo Spark, San Francisco Transit Riders, Seamless Bay Area, Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance, TransForm, Mineta Transportation Institute 

March 26, 2018  Car-Light Housing: More affordability, less traffic  -  San Mateo, CA

We need to address the housing affordability crisis, but we don’t want to make it harder to get around town or harm the climate. This event discussed the following:

  • Learned about the connections between housing affordability, traffic reduction, and climate change; 
  • Heard what neighboring communities are doing to reduce the need to drive; and 
  • Saw how people can help make their community more walkable, affordable, and transit-friendly.


  • Nina Rizzo manages GreenTRIP Certifications at TransForm. The GreenTRIP program supports multi-family residential developments that implement strategies to reduce traffic, parking and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Nevada Merriman of MidPen Housing is designing and developing affordable housing where residents can reduce their reliance on cars
  • Elaine Breeze of SummerHill Apartments works on “smart growth” multi-family rental housing and mixed use developments

MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

March 17, 2018  Innovative Technologies in Urban Planning  -  San José, CA

On Saturday, March 17, San Jose State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Urban Planning Coalition hosted the Annual Symposium at the Martin Luther King Library. This event was proudly co-sponsored by MTI.

Special guest appearance Julia Lave Johnston President Elect at California Chapter, American Planning Association helped to kickoff the spring symposium.

The symposium focused on “Innovative Technologies in Urban Planning.” Keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Waddell, who has led the development of the UrbanSim model of urban simulation now used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other local and regional agencies. He was introduced by Dr. Shishir Mathur from San Jose State University.

Panel discussions addressed the following:

  1. Using Urban Simulation and Data Science to Evaluate Land Uses
    Moderated by Richard Kos, AICP
    Sam Blanchard (UrbanSim)
    Adam Garcia (Greenbelt Alliance)
    Yanwen Luo (Guanxi University)
    Di Meng (Gensler)

  2. Providing Services Using Emerging Technologies 
    Moderated by Dr. Serena Alexander
    Ryan Wold (Civic Studio)
    Jerry Zeyu Gao (San Jose State University)
    Allen Tai, AICP (City of Alameda)

  3. Transportation and Technology in the Urban Environment 
    Moderated by Dr. Joseph Kott
    Dr. Serena Alexander (San Jose State University) & Dr. Anurag Pande (Cal Poly)
    Dr. Kevin Fang (San Jose State University)
    Melissa Ruhl (Arup)
    Sam Sadle (LimeBike)

4 AICP CM credits available

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.




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