Why did we have the conference in San Jose?
Besides being the nation's 10th largest city, home to the world-renowned Mineta Transportation Institute and San Jose State University's Department of Urban & Regional Planning - a nationally top-ranking planning school, San Jose is also at a major crossroads.
Often considered as Northern California's "L.A.," San Jose has seen its population, development, and especially transportation systems explode post-World War II, making it the poster child for suburban expansion in the midst of once an agricultural oasis.
As San Jose develops more into an international metropolis, and continues as Northern California's largest municipality, the City looks toward new and innovative mobility options, robust housing and economic development welcoming a diversity of populations to the region, as well as, maintaining an aging transportation system amidst dwindling capital and financial resources.
With the State and region's growing commitment to mitigating and adapting to climate change, and the Bay Area's leadership in advancing fair and equitable infrastructure, the "Transportation and the Triple-Bottom Line" 2021 conference feels right at home in Silicon Valley - a global policy laboratory, and we certainly hope sustainable transportation will know the way to San Jose.