Mobility Quest Fall 2015


What is MobQuest?

Mobility Quest (MobQuest) is a 5-day adventure for transportation students. Mobility Quest 2015 will take place on September 8th – September 12th.


Day 1 – San Francisco Bay Area
Description: Meetings with BART, Tesla, and Lyft.
Lodging: overnight in Paso Robles

Days 2 & 3 – San Diego
Description: Meeting with Sempra Energy, the UCSD Center of Energy Resources, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
Lodging: overnight near Mission Beach

Day 4 – Los Angeles
Description: Meetings with the LA Port Authority, Union Station, and the Cal State Hydrogen Research and Refueling Facility.
Lodging: overnight in Bakersfield

Day 5 – Yosemite National Park
Description: Meetings with various people at the park in charge of wilderness management, transportation planning, and sustainability operations in Yosemite.
Lodging: returning to Davis in the evening

Why MobQuest?

The purpose of this off-campus orientation trip is to introduce entering transportation graduate students to a wide variety of transportation issues throughout the region. 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.

What do I need to do?

When you submit your Statement of Intent to register, you will also receive a registration form for MobQuest 2015. You are required to submit this form before June 1st to take part in the adventure.

The liability form can be found here.

Packing List

  • backpack or daypack
  • bathing suit (strongly encouraged)
  • beach towel
  • camera
  • clothing: pack for several temperatures, (hot, cooler weather gear, rain). Attire should be no more formal than California business casual (suits, ties, etc. are strongly discouraged).
  • container for your sack lunch/sandwich, such as Tupperware
  • costume for costume party
  • flashlight and/or headlamp
  • hat
  • jacket: warm jacket/wind breaker, rain coat
  • lip balm
  • medications
  • moisturizer/body lotion
  • money: cash
  • mosquito repellent
  • musical instruments
  • playing cards, small board games, dominos
  • reading material
  • shoes: shoes suitable for walking and biking (hiking shoes/boots optional). Closed toed shoes needed for some tours.
  • sleeping bag and sleeping pad (only needed if you plan to sleep outdoors)
  • snacks (some are provided)
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • toiletries
  • water bottle (large) – more than one is a good idea

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

Past Trips

Mobility Quest Photos


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