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Past Event

Electrifying the Transportation Future: 12th Annual Mineta National Transportation Finance Summit

Transportation policymakers face two overlapping, once-in-a-generation opportunities: electrifying the nation’s vehicle fleet and re-establishing a stable source of federal and state revenue for transportation.

As states and the Biden administration begin a push to rapidly electrify the U.S. fleet for climate reasons, policymakers are under increasing pressure to rethink how states and the federal government fund transportation infrastructure and services. For decades, motor fuel taxes have generated the majority of state and federal funds spent on transportation, even if recently these taxes have been losing their purchasing power. However, a shift to electric vehicles will require a new transportation funding model.

The speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities with such options as mileage fees, carbon taxes, higher vehicle registration fees, or a shift entirely away from user-generated revenue.


This is a free, online-only program; please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event. We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

This program is supported by the Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University.

June 11, 2021

United States

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Just added: Special Guest, The Honorable Pete Buttigieg

U.S. Secretary of Transportation

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Karen Philbrick

Ph.D., Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute—Program Emcee

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Opening Remarks: U.S. Senator Alex Padilla

U.S. Senator (D-CA); Former California Secretary of State

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Keynote: Toks Omishakin

Director, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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Event Moderator: Therese McMillan

Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

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Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D.

Director, MTI National Transportation Finance Center

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Carl Guardino

Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy, Bloom Energy

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Carlos Braceras, P.E.

Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation

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Dan Sperling, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Davis