December 3, 2015

What if you could make your morning commute faster? Your street safer for your kids to walk and ride their bikes? Your neighborhood more affordable for the neighbors who have lived there for decades? Our air cleaner to breathe, our water cleaner to drink?

The issues that we are facing today are big ones, but you can be a part of the solution. When you donate to TransForm, you are helping build a better California.

We started TransForm 18 years ago with the vision of redefining how transportation and housing shape our cities, jobs, and climate. And with you by our side, we can continue to advocate for vibrant neighborhoods that are built for people of all incomes and abilities – not just for cars.

Your gift makes a difference. Every dollar is essential, and if you become a sustaining monthly donor this month, we’ll send you a special thank-you: our Sustainable Futures t-shirt!

You can help Move California Forward!

Please, give generously to TransForm today!

More this month: 

DECEMBER 3 IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

We believe that no one should be left behind just because they can’t drive.

But for Paul Bendix, being left behind is all too familiar. Paul lives in San Francisco and uses a wheelchair. When subway elevators are broken or the bus is late – he’s stuck. Today we are honoring the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPwD15), a day to promote awareness and support for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. In the spirit of IDPwD, Paul shares why public transportation is so important and how an “Out of Order” sign can ruin an evening.

Real Paul's blog here

FIGHTING DISPLACEMENT IN OAKLAND

Everyone should have a place to call home for the holidays, and all year round. But Oakland’s housing crisis is forcing low-income and communities of color out of their homes, onto the streets, or out of the Bay Area altogether. The City of Oakland has a huge opportunity to keep The Town affordable by adopting a housing impact fee, which would raise much-needed money for building and preserving affordable homes.

Read our blog by East Bay Housing Organizations’ Charlotte Rosen on what an impact fee is, and why it’s an essential tool for racial and economic justice in housing. You can also join us at the Rally for Affordable Housing on December 15.

Oakland needs a housing impact fee

A BETTER BART, RAIN OR SHINE

It looks like we’re headed for a wet winter this year, which is good for our drought but not so great for morning traffic jams. Luckily we can hop on BART to avoid the gridlock and road rage. But when you mix old BART cables with leaky tunnels, you get power outages, delayed trains, and nowhere fast. That’s why we’re thrilled that the BART Directors are considering putting a big funding measure on the 2016 ballot to help tackle the $4.8 billion backlog of repairs plaguing the system.

Show the BART Directors you’re on board with their plan – send your BART Director an email pledging your support for a big BART funding measure in 2016!

I support a better BART

CALIFORNIA TALKS CLIMATE IN PARIS

On Monday, the world’s leaders converged in Paris for the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference. Governor Brown is leading a delegation of dozens from the Golden State to showcase California’s ground-breaking cap-and-trade program and urge swift and bold action on climate change. While we should definitely celebrate the goals and successes of our state’s climate program, we also need to question why – when transportation is the largest single source of California’s greenhouse gas emissions – the state transportation discussion is still focused on roads instead of investing in public transportation, walking, and biking.

Send a message to your legislator right now telling them to fund public transportation in the special session!

Tell your legislator: more money for public transportation

IN SAN DIEGO, REDEFINING SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE FUTURE

As the second-largest city in California, San Diego faces its share of challenges when it comes to reducing pollution, making its streets safer, and keeping its neighborhoods affordable for all. But with its recent Regional Transportation Plan, the city missed an opportunity to invest in the solutions that could truly move San Diego forward. The plan should be a blueprint for the city’s sustainable future, but there are many pieces missing before it can be the guiding force for sustainability that the region needs.

What should San Diego do instead?

TRANSFORM WINS GRANT TO SOLVE TRAFFIC WOES

This year, three California cities made the top 10 list of worst traffic congestion in the United States. When it comes to battling gridlock and getting polluting cars off the road, we’ve got our work cut out for us. That’s why we are honored and excited to receive TransitCenter’s grant for our work on improving transportation in the busy corridor between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. With TransitCenter’s support, we’ll continue our work to bring this new strategy of sustainable, fair, and effective traffic alleviation to Highway 101.

More on our win, and our work along Highway 101

GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT, AND OUT OF TRAFFIC

One of the benefits of living in a thriving urban area is the incredibly rich calendar of events that beckon us at the holidays. But how to choose? Consider paring down that crazy list of options by focusing on holiday adventures that get you out of the car and into your community. Read our blog for our favorite ways to enjoy the holiday season by foot, bike, train, ferry, or bus.

Check out our list of car-free holiday activities