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Nov 10, 2015, 15:07 ET Which costs more for drivers - a fuel tax or a road user charge?

 With government agencies addressing the funding shortfall for U.S. highways, they are considering various means to raise revenue. Two of those...


Oct 26, 2015, 10:00 ET International Podcar City Conference Returns to Silicon Valley

 The Ninth Annual International Podcar City Conference is set for Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6, at the Mountain View Center for the...


Oct 20, 2015, 11:21 ET Dynamic Ridesharing Services Can Make A Big Environmental Impact

 Can greenhouse gases be reduced by promoting ridesharing services and battery electric vehicles? Could they sufficiently reduce vehicle miles...


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...


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....


Dec 08, 2014, 12:25 ET Effects of Gas Prices on Transit Ridership Vary by Mode, in Combination with Price Ranges and Response Time

Transit agencies should prepare for ridership increases when gasoline prices increase. However, the net effect varies depending on the transit...


Nov 18, 2014, 12:31 ET Suicide Bombings Against Trains and Buses are Lethal but Few in Number

To the casual observer, it would appear that suicide attacks on buses and trains are great and growing in number and severity. It also would seem...


Nov 17, 2014, 13:42 ET For Returning Military Vets, Transportation Is Key to Reintegration as Civilians

Returning military veterans and support agencies must consider transportation access to essential services, lest returning military veterans can...


Oct 28, 2014, 12:43 ET Using Biodiesel in Urban Transit Buses Could Reduce Harmful Emissions

 Do transit buses operating on biodiesel emit more or less particulate matter and gases than those using conventional diesel? The Mineta...


Oct 21, 2014, 12:07 ET How Has Travel Behavior Changed among North American Bikesharing Users? What Makes a Successful Program?

The Mineta Transportation Institute has released its latest peer-reviewed study that evaluates public bikesharing in North America as a follow-up...


Oct 07, 2014, 15:11 ET Rod Diridon, Sr., to Receive Hall of Fame Award from American Public Transportation Association in Houston on Tuesday, October 14

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will induct Rod Diridon, Sr., into its prestigious Hall of Fame at its annual meeting and...


Sep 23, 2014, 15:42 ET Mineta's new research data can help transit agencies prioritize, schedule railway bridge repairs and rehab

 The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium's latest peer-reviewed study, Fatigue Evaluation of the Increased Weight Limit on Transit...


Sep 16, 2014, 17:49 ET Free university report: State of the automated transit networks industry

What are automated transit networks (ATN), and can they ever become a realistic addition to public transportation nationwide? These are just two of...


Jul 29, 2014, 10:23 ET Improved model helps transit agencies predict more accurate staffing for bus routes

The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium's latest peer-reviewed study, Understanding and Modeling Bus Transit Driver Availability, has...


Jul 21, 2014, 11:41 ET Free report: Managing taxi markets with GPS data

 Transportation planners have received a substantial boost with the release of the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium's latest...


Jun 25, 2014, 14:04 ET Research: Careful program design can increase public support for a higher gas tax, new mileage tax.

Do Americans dislike gas tax increases as much as conventional wisdom implies? Not necessarily, according to a new Mineta Transportation Institute...


Jun 24, 2014, 12:41 ET Mineta Transportation Institute Executive Director Rod Diridon Retires

Rod Diridon, Sr., executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) since its 1993 founding at San Jose State University (SJSU),...


Jun 23, 2014, 10:32 ET Air Passengers Shift to High-Speed Rail, Says New Research Report

 Evidence from the high-speed rail (HSR) systems of Europe and Asia demonstrates that the mode is very attractive to travelers who otherwise...


Jun 03, 2014, 13:45 ET Free Research Report: Does Rail Transit Proximity Attract New Businesses?

 Are new firms more likely to form near rail transit stations? That question is addressed in a new peer-reviewed research report just published...


May 20, 2014, 12:40 ET Rod Diridon to Address US High-Speed Rail Association West Coast Conference

Rod Diridon, executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, will address the US High-Speed Rail Association's (USHSRA) West Coast Rail...


May 13, 2014, 10:51 ET Security Breach at Mineta San Jose Airport Raises Broader Issues

The recent breach of security at Mineta San Jose Airport, in which a teenager sneaked on to the airfield and hid in the wheel well of a Maui-bound...


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...


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,...