National Transportation Finance Center Director

Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D.Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D.

Asha Weinstein Agrawal is Director of MTI’s National Transportation Finance Center at San José State University, and also a Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at San José State. 

Dr. Agrawal has worked in transportation finance for more than 10 years. Her most recent work will soon be published by the Mineta Transportation Institute under the title, Public Support for Green Transportation Taxes and Fees: A Survey of Californians. Other publications in the area of finance include “How to Pay for Transportation? A Survey of Public Preferences in California,” published in Transport Policy (2007); Transportation Financing Opportunities for the State of California published by MTI (2006); and “Unraveling Equity in HOT Lane Planning: A View from Practice,” published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (2006). She also co-authored two major studies of California transportation finance in 1999 and 2001 that were conducted through the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Agrawal is also interested in research about pedestrian planning. Publications in this area include How Far, By Which Route, and Why? A Spatial Analysis of Pedestrian Preference, published by MTI in 2007; an "An Assessment of GIS-Enabled Walkability Audits,” published in the URISA Journal (2007); and “Extent and Correlates of Walking in the USA,” published in Transportation Research Part D (2007).

As a university faculty member, Dr. Agrawal has a special interest in educating planning and transportation professionals. Her research in this area includes “To Be a Transportation Engineer or Not? How Civil Engineering Students Choose a Specialization,” published in the Transportation Research Record (2008), and a forthcoming report published by MTI titled Paving the Way: Recruiting Students into the Transportation Profession.

Finally, Dr. Agrawal works in transportation history. She published “Congestion as a Cultural Construct: The ‘Congestion Evil’ in Boston in the 1890s and 1920s” in the Journal of Transport History (2006), and “Curing Congestion: Competing Plans for a ‘Loop Highway’ and Parking Regulations in Boston in the 1920s,” in the Journal of Planning History (2004). She has also written a paper on early pedestrian regulations, “Traveler or Pesky Impediment to Travel? Pedestrians and Traffic Regulations in the U.S. and France, 1870-1930.”

Dr. Agrawal earned a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.