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
March 11, 2020 to March 12, 2020 POSTPONED: MAAS-A-CON  -  San Francisco, CA

In light of new recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the event has been postponed.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) describes a shift away from personally-owned modes of transportation and towards mobility provided as a shared service.  MaaS is quickly gaining momentum around the world, holding the promise of making personal mobility more affordable for families and the communities they live in.

MaaS disrupts and inspires traditional transportation players, private ventures and city officials at the same time.  But to ensure MaaS meets its full potential, it must be informed by a variety of views and serve multiple goals.​

MaaS-A-Con brings together innovators, practitioners and advocates to experience the technologies and best-practices that can make MaaS a reality in our communities. MTI co-sponsored this inaugural conference in San Francisco, CA.

March 7, 2020 CANCELLED-Pathways to Climate Smart Careers  -  San José, CA

In light of recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pathways to Climate Smart Careers event was cancelled.


March 5, 2020 Bachrodt Elementary Transportation and University Day

MTI hosted Bachrodt Elementary's second grade class at San Jose State University (SJSU) for a day of transit safety activities and university exploration. The students traveled to SJSU using public transit, where they received a tour of the university campus, Spartan Recreation and Aquatics Center, and the library. In between tours the students partook in a hand-on, STEM activity that taught them the principles of the scientific process.

February 25, 2020 Overview of Two New and Growing California Housing Datasets  -  Online

The purpose of this webinar is to introduce university researchers to two new and growing datasets at the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The two datasets that will be covered on the webinar are described below:

• Housing Element Annual Progress Report (APR): Includes information about the entire pipeline of development in each locality (i.e., development applications, approved entitlements, building permits issued and certificates of occupancy). This dataset also includes project identifiers (e.g., APNs, address), projected household income levels that will be served, and number of units in the developments. The presenter will review the new APR form (attached to this email). For more information about the Housing Element APR, please visit the Regional Housing Needs Allocation and Housing Elements webpage and click on the “Annual Progress Reports” located in the middle of the page.

• Housing Element Site Inventory: The HCD is working on a more structured format to collect information from cities and counties. This format will allow cities and counties to consistently report location and projected density of parcels that are included in their Housing Element to accommodate their share of the Regional housing needs allocation.

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February 19, 2020 Understanding How Women Travel  -  Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Initiated by Metro’s Women and Girls Governing Council and endorsed by Metro CEO Phil Washington, the “Understanding How Women Travel” study was launched.  Over the course of nine months, a comprehensive and creative approach was taken to better understand women’s mobility in LA county; framed by core social justice principles and methods, both traditional and non – traditional data collection methods were used to effectively capture “hard – to – reach” populations and embody the project’s intersectional approach to gender.  This innovative study and its findings, have laid the foundation for bridging the gender equity gap for our current and future female riders. 

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February 14, 2020 “Housing Recovery after Disasters” Research Workshop  -  San José, CA

When a disaster devastates a community, housing is one of the assets that are damaged or destroyed. Dr. Frannie Edwards and her colleagues have researched the impact of the loss of housing and the challenges of restoring housing for the long-term recovery of a community. Using examples from Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Maria and earthquakes in Haiti, Turkey and India, their research demonstrates how communities struggle to recover, and what best practices lead to community long-term recovery. They addressed the issue of living with risk, and the financial options for dealing with it, including insurance, which may be a license to dare.

Presented by the SJSU Lucas College of Business

February 13, 2020 Leland Tech Talks  -  San José, CA

Put together by one of our Mineta Summer Transprotation Institute alumna and her Robotics class/ team, Leland High School puts on a career talk about careers in STEM, featuring Dr. Buford Furman MTI Research Associate and SJSU professor.

February 6, 2020 Seniors' Agenda Networking Summit  -  Sunnyvale, CA

Transportation is key for older adults to thrive and mobility access is limited without a car. How can we retrofit our communities for better options for the non-driver? Professor Sandra Rosenbloom, Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin shared her research as the keynote speaker.

Twice a year, the Seniors’ Agenda Network Summit brings together nearly 200 professional, aging advocates, and elected officials to actively engage in meaningful learning to strengthen our community for older adults. Age-friendly efforts are highlighted, and new resources are shared.

In addition to the keynote speaker – there was a panel on “Transportation Trends and Options for Older Adults” moderated by Nuria Fernandez, VTA General Manager.

Panelist Included:

  • Tylor Taylor, Exec. Dir. of Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASSC) and the R.Y.D.E volunteer driver program
  • Nikita Sinha, CAWalks
  • Jesse Minz-Roth, San Jose Vision Zero
  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Mineta Institute of Transportation SJSU
January 30, 2020 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Texting While Driving, Is Hands-free Really Safer"

Hands-free texting is a popular way around a hefty fine in 48 states and often viewed as safe behind the wheel. However, MTI research found that while participants perceived an increased level of safety while using hands-free interfaces, response times and drift did not significantly differ from those manually texting. In conversation with Dr. Francesca Favaro, the webinar discussed how this seemingly convenient solution to texting and driving bans might do little to limit distracted driving.

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January 12, 2020 to January 16, 2020 Transportation Research Board's 99th Annual Meeting  -  Washington, D.C.

MTI Research Associates and affiliated researchers presented at the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. This event attracted more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2020 meeting: A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future.