12/15/2009: MTC Set to Green Light $80 Million Climate Program

PRESS RELEASE

First-in-Country Regional Funds Designated for "Safe Routes to Schools" and Grants for Innovative Parking & Transit Solutions Included

CONTACT Stuart Cohen

Oakland, CA - As negotiations in Copenhagen over a new global climate protocol reach a fevered pitch, the Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is surging ahead with plans to enact a new Transportation Climate Action Program.  MTC will vote Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at a meeting in Oakland to adopt the federally funded program.

Initiatives enacted under the Climate Program will reduce transportation-related emissions and vehicle miles traveled.  One such initiative, the "Safe Routes to Schools" program, will help Bay Area communities develop a safe and suitable environment for children to walk and bike to school.  Proposed by TransForm in 2007, the Climate Program and Safe Routes to Schools would be the first regionally funded programs of their kind.

TransForm's Executive Director, Stuart Cohen, will be available to comment on the new Climate Initiatives Program before or at the MTC meeting.  Cohen is author of the recent study, "Windfall For All: How Connected, Convenient Neighborhoods Can Protect Our Climate And Safeguard California's Economy" (http://transformca.org/windfall-for-all), which concluded that Californians could save $31 billion and cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than one-third by living in smart growth communities.

Who:            
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Stuart Cohen, Executive Director of TransForm

What:           
MTC to Green Light Transportation Climate Action Program

Where:        
Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter
Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium
101 Eighth Street Oakland, California 94607

When:         
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM

TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond.  We build diverse coalitions, influence policy, and develop innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.