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Sep 30, 2015, 13:36 ET How does access to cars or transit influence one's economic outcomes?

How does access to particular types of transportation influence individuals' economic outcomes? And do typical "snapshot" approaches to research...


Sep 08, 2015, 12:52 ET How does neighborhood crime influence the way we access transit?

How does neighborhood crime influence the way riders access various transit modes – or if they will ride transit at all? In a third-phase...


Aug 26, 2015, 12:11 ET The High-Speed Rail Attack in France: What are the security challenges for protecting rail systems?

 In light of the recently prevented attack on a high-speed train in France, many people are asking if security should be re-evaluated. Does the...


Aug 26, 2015, 11:27 ET Research Results Show Promise for Advanced Bus Design

To help broaden the practical uses for transit buses in rural and small urban areas, a research team from the Mineta National Transit Research...


Aug 18, 2015, 11:19 ET How to Develop Bus-Stop Time Models in Dense Urban Areas

 A new model for bus transit reliability can help operators improve planning and scheduling in urban areas. This study defines a new...


Aug 04, 2015, 12:10 ET Mineta Report Summarizes 56 US Public Opinion Polls about Transit

Researchers and transit planners now have a one-stop report that assembles questions from 56 US public opinion polls asking respondents their views...


Jun 25, 2015, 12:27 ET New Report: Will Americans support higher gas taxes? Yes--under certain conditions

Common wisdom holds that Americans do not support increased taxes at the gas pump. However, a just-released Mineta Transportation Institute...


Jun 16, 2015, 13:06 ET Jim Beall, California State Senator and Chair of Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, to address challenges of transportation infrastructure funding at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, Friday, June 26

 California State Senator Jim Beall will deliver the keynote address at the Norman Y. Mineta Transportation Finance Policy Summit at the...


Jun 09, 2015, 16:53 ET Which passenger survey modes are most effective for larger transit agencies?

New research from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) provides insight about the most effective passenger survey methods for larger transit...


May 26, 2015, 13:48 ET Mineta Research: How underground urban rail systems can manage pedestrian traffic in increasingly crowded stations

How can urban rail systems manage pedestrian traffic in increasingly crowded stations? This is especially problematic in subway systems, where...


May 20, 2015, 13:26 ET New Mineta research says transit operators and managers may directly control bus ridership increases

Mechanisms to increase transit ridership are in the hands of transit authorities. In general, they should not have to depend on outside factors to...


May 19, 2015, 13:00 ET Regional Transit Governance Seminar Revealed Several Challenges, Opportunities for Coordination Among Various Operators

A video is now available from a regional transit governance seminar held at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Tuesday, March...


May 12, 2015, 16:08 ET Free research report examines travel behavior before and after LA Metro introduces new light-rail line

Los Angeles is pursuing possibly the most ambitious rail transit investment program in the US by creating the Expo Line. A new peer-reviewed...


May 04, 2015, 13:48 ET US High-Speed Rail Can Learn from Japan's Successful Earthquake Early Warning System

As California and other states move forward with high-speed rail plans, some have questioned the system's ability to withstand earthquakes. This is...


Apr 29, 2015, 15:33 ET Survey: Americans support higher gas taxes, spending revenue on public transit

Americans are willing to pay increased taxes at the gas pump if the revenue is invested in specific transportation improvements, according to the...


Apr 28, 2015, 14:49 ET Regional transit agencies can improve chances for public support on project proposals and funding

 How do regional transit agencies improve their chances for public support when it comes to project proposals and funding? A new peer-reviewed...


Apr 16, 2015, 17:28 ET Are Rail Operators Responsible for Preventing Train Suicides?

 Although less common than people think, it's always shocking when someone commits "suicide by train." Do these suicides have predictable...


Apr 06, 2015, 13:31 ET New research on lithium titanate oxide batteries can help transit engineers design better energy storage systems

Electrical energy storage, rather than fuel combustion, has become a key component in transit fleets that are switching to more efficient hybrid...


Mar 25, 2015, 15:36 ET Troubling Trends Emerge in Terrorism and Attacks on Surface Transportation

 Security experts at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) are seeing some clearly worrisome trends in terrorism. For example, over the...


Feb 17, 2015, 15:20 ET How Does Streetcar Performance Compare in 5 US Cities? What Lessons Can Be Applied Elsewhere?

 When cities consider building streetcar (trolley) systems, they often point to Portland OR as a guarantee of success. However, it's not that...


Feb 10, 2015, 15:56 ET Transportation Secretary Foxx Discusses "Beyond Traffic" at the Mineta Transportation Institute

 US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx presided over a roundtable policy discussion at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) last week....


Apr 29, 2014, 14:10 ET MAP-21 Section 5310 Requirements Can Be Met, Say California Researchers

How will MAP-21 Section 5310 program requirements and their potential implications affect California? This is a question many other states also may...


Apr 21, 2014, 11:32 ET Mineta Transportation Institute Experts Analyze Terrorism Bombing of Nigerian Bus Terminal

During the morning rush hour on April 14, a car bomb containing an estimated 500-800 pounds of explosives blew up at the Nyanya District bus...


Apr 15, 2014, 10:39 ET Can Land Use Plans and Transportation Policies Help Improve Health?

Could land use plans and transportation policies help to improve people's health? Recent studies are predicting that they can, especially if those...


Mar 24, 2014, 15:44 ET Mineta Transportation Institute Says Subways Are Still in Terrorists' Sights

 The FBI arrested a California National Guard reservist on March 17 as he headed for the Canadian border on his way to Syria. Once in Syria,...