GreenTRIP thrives on our partnerships with innovative cities around the Bay Area that will be accommodating most of the growth anticipated in the next 30 years.
The following cities have welcomed TransForm comments on proposed downtown and transit station area and corridor plans. They are also highly appreciative of the results from our Parking Database and GreenTRIP Connect, and have been providing rich feedback on tool design and research needs.
The following cities are our most active partners:
San Jose and Oakland in particular have committed staff time to help us shape our GreenTRIP Research and proposed GreenTRIP Connect tool.
We’ve also worked with the following cities over the last 7 years to improve parking and transportation policies in Transit Station Areas, in partnership with the Great Communities Collaborative: Berkeley, San Francisco, San Leandro, Hayward, Richmond, Alameda,Palo Alto, San Mateo, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Albany, Fremont, Lafayette, San Pablo, South San Francisco and Santa Clara.
BART Builds GreenTRIP into Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Policy
In 2016, the BART Board of Directors adopted a new transit-oriented development policy for projects on BART-owned land. Included in their 2040 performance measures and targets is the following language, setting a goal of incorporating TDM strategies equivalent to GreenTRIP certification:
E. Transportation Choice
Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled
E3. Reduction in vehicle trips from standard development via TDM‐related measures (e.g. car share, bike share, transit passes) ‐ equivalent to GreenTRIP.
City of Richmond Builds GreenTRIP into City-Wide Zoning Code
In 2016, Richmond adopted the following language incorporating GreenTRIP Certification into their zoning ordinance:
15.04.612.030 Performance Requirements
A. All projects subject to the requirements of this Article shall incorporate measures to reduce to the extent feasible single-occupant vehicle trip generation rates 15 percent below the standard rates as established in the most recent edition of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual by promoting walking, cycling, public transit, and ridesharing/vanpooling, and/or discouraging singleoccupant vehicle travel, ensure that the average Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by residents or workers in the development, or students or workers in schools, is less than the average citywide VMT. This performance target is consistent with the General Plan and the version of Plan Bay Area effective in 2016
B. GreenTRIP Certification. Residential developments that obtain GreenTRIP Certification from TransForm, or other equivalent certification, prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy, shall be deemed to have met this performance requirement.
You can read the full text here: City of Richmond Municipal Code.
City of Sunnyvale Encourages GreenTRIP Certification
In 2016, Sunnyvale adopted a new Multi-Family Residential TDM Program inspired by GreenTRIP Platinum. The accompanying TDM toolkit references GreenTRIP standards as best practices for TDM communications (p. 23), transit passes (p. 28), and carsharing (p. 33). This document also includes text encouraging GreenTRIP certification:
Figure B-5: Sunnyvale Mixed Use Toolkit Elements Related to Pedestrian Orientation and Travel Demand
Encourage GreenTRIP certification and reduce parking requirements for certified developments.
City of Emeryville Builds GreenTRIP into City-Wide Guidelines
In 2015, Emeryville's city council adopted the following language incorporating GreenTRIP Certification into code, and reduced parking requirements to align with GreenTRIP requirements for parking ratios:
9-5.2008 Transportation Demand Management.
Multi-Unit Residential developments of 10 units or more shall comply with the following Transportation Demand Management (TDM) requirements.
(a) TDM Plan. As part of the development application, the developer shall submit a TDM plan for approval by the Planning Commission or City Council, as the case may be, in conjunction with approval of the development. Compliance with the approved TDM plan shall be a condition of approval of the development. The TDM plan shall be implemented for a minimum of 40 years following issuance of a certificate of occupancy. The primary goal of the TDM plan shall be to ensure that the average Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by residents of the development is less than the average citywide VMT. Such plan may include, but is not limited to, free transit passes for residents, free car sharing memberships for residents, free bike sharing memberships for residents, transportation information displays, and transportation information packets for residents. The plan shall include an annual survey of residents of the development to measure the plan’s success at achieving its primary goal; such annual surveys shall be made available to the Community Development Director upon request. The Community Development Director may require modifications to the plan if it does not appear to be meeting its primary goal based on the annual survey.
(b) GreenTRIP Certification. Residential developments that obtain GreenTRIP Certification from TransForm, or other equivalent certification, prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy, shall be deemed to have met the requirement for a TDM plan in subsection (a).
You can read the full text here: City of Emeryville Municipal Code.
City of Berkeley Builds GreenTRIP Strategies into the Downtown Zoning Code
Within two years of Berkeley’s first GreenTRIP certified project (Parker Place), the Downtown Area Plan was passed (2012), locking into code GreenTRIP strategies for all future development projects. The new code has a maximum parking code of one parking space for every three units and requires that each home and employee receive at least one transit pass for the life the project. Additionally all parking must be paid for separate from rent. Projects of a minimum size are also required to provide a free parking space to a carshare.
You can read the full text here: City of Berkeley Downtown Area Plan.