About the Forum
The James L. Oberstar Forum, hosted by the University’s Center for Transportation Studies, was created to examine and improve national transportation policy by facilitating an open exchange of ideas and experiences among state, national, and international leaders in transportation and academia.
The forum is held periodically by the University of Minnesota to explore how transportation in the United States is changing—given the political, economic, social, and technological forces affecting society. Participants examine current assumptions and develop potential new directions for national transportation policy. The forum also develops ways to strengthen the transfer and application of academic research to transportation policy and technology development.
The forum is named after former Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar, a long-time leader in creating national transportation policy and establishing research and education programs in transportation technology.
- 2008: The Next Authorization: Transforming Transportation Policy?
- 2007: The Condition of Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure: Heading Toward a Crisis?
- 2006: Transportation Choices: The Important Role of Walking and Biking
- 2005: The Future of Transportation Finance: 'Gas Tax Plus' and Beyond
- 2004: Transportation in Rural America—Challenges and Opportunities
- 2003: Intermodal Transportation: The Potential and the Challenge
- 2002: How Should Transportation Change After September 11?