“While there is work to be done in the weeks ahead, and some aspects of the proposal need improvement, Senator Steinberg has made a clear commitment to provide a much needed boost in funding to meet both California’s growing demand for real transportation and housing choices while meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets,” wrote TransForm’s Ryan Wiggins in a blog post.
TransForm has taken Shoup’s work to heart, using the principles he proposes as a basis for their GreenTRIP program that seeks to convince cities to allow housing developers to replace overbuilt, expensive parking with alternatives like car share, bike parking, and transit passes.
published in Silicon Valley Business Journal, March 17, 2014
Jeff Hobson, deputy director for public-transit advocacy group TransForm, points to Santa Clara’s large office parks with free parking as one factor contributing to the high car-usage numbers. This contrasts with costly and hard-to-find parking in San Francisco, a work destination for many Alameda and San Mateo residents.
It was the California State Assembly’s turn to revie
TransForm Executive Director Stuart Cohen urged the Assembly to push Caltrans to move forward on one of SSTI’s most immediately-achievable steps...”When Caltrans first put in place this requirement that cities and states follow its Highway Design Manual’s guidance on bicycle design, it made sense,” he said. “There wasn’t good practice on rearranging intersections and how to design bike lanes. We needed a standard statewide approach.”
“Oakland is still in a position where the powers that be remember an Oakland that was really struggling in the 70s and 80s, when we saw all that disinvestment in Oakland,” said Joel Ramos, regional planning director for TransForm. He noted that Oakland had tried and failed six years ago to pass an inclusionary housing ordinance that would have levied a fee on developers of market rate units to help fund affordable housing. “There was this concern that Oakland needs to do whatever it can to attract investment.”
Caltrans needs to stop focusing so much on moving cars and let cit
Stuart Cohen, TransForm’s executive director and a member ofSecretary Kelly’s CA Transportation Infrastructure Priorities workgroup, said that “this is not the first report slamming Caltrans” but that the critical difference comes from the ”tremendous leadership” of Governor Brown and Kelly, who commissioned the review.
Although it is the world center of innovation, Silicon Valley struggles to provide healthy communities and quality transportation choices for its residents and workforce. To address those issues, TransForm’s Silicon Valley Transportation Summit, Let’s Get Moving, is set for 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 22, at Avenidas Senior Center in Palo Alto, Calif.