Mobility Quest 2017

What is MobQuest?

Mobility Quest (MobQuest) is a 6-day road-trip adventure for incoming ITS students. The purpose of this off-campus orientation trip is to introduce entering transportation graduate students to a wide variety of transportation trends and issues, with an emphasis on sustainable development. The second, and considered by some to be the most important purpose, is to provide students with the opportunity to get to know each other prior to starting the academic year.

Tentative Itinerary: September 10th – September 14th

September 10th: Day 1, Santa Cruz, CA
Fun day in Santa Cruz, CA
(Driving from Davis to Santa Cruz)
Lodging: Santa Cruz House

September 11th: Day 2, Palo Alto / Fremont / Oakland
BMW (Palo Alto, CA)
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Headquarters and BART Warm Springs Station Tour (Oakland, CA)
Lodging: Oakland House

September 12th: Day 3, San Francisco
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) (San Francisco, CA)
The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) (San Francisco, CA)
Lodging: Oakland House

September 13th: Day 4, Richmond
Chevron Refinery Tour and Discussion (Richmond, CA)
Lodging: Oakland House

September 14th: Day 5, Concord
Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants (Walnut Creek, CA)
CCTA GoMentum Station (Concord, CA)
(Driving Home from Oakland)

Accommodations: What to Expect?

Costs: The cost of participation is covered by UC Davis – Institute of Transportation Studies. Transportation, lodging, and meals are provided.

Transportation: We will travel in three 8-passenger vans. However, we do our best to minimize time spent in the car. A good deal of travel will be by transit, by foot and by bike.

Suggested Packing List

Our schedule includes a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Expect mostly warm temperatures during the day but be prepared for colder weather at night. We recommend business casual attire for events (long pants and closed-toe shoes) and more comfortable clothing for physical activities.

  • Clothing: Outdoor/Casual to Business-Casual
  • Shoes: Walking shoes & Closed-toe shoes (some facilities may require as a safety policy)
  • Jacket (wind breaker)
  • Hat/Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks (Food will be provided, as well)
  • Backpack
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Some cash (for personal use)
  • Camera
  • Entertainment (Games, Books, Music for the car ride; Group Board Games)
  • Bike Helmet (Only if you are not comfortable riding without one)