February 3, 2009

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  • Comment now on the draft Regional Transportation Plan: a huge victory is at hand!
  • What the economic stimulus plan means for transit
  • Answer Obama’s call to service: volunteer with TransForm
  • One man’s quest to go car-free for a year
  • Save the date and submit a session for TransForm's 12th annual Summit on May 16
  • TransForm is hiring
  • News and events from TransForm's regional coalition

Comment now on the draft Regional Transportation Plan: a huge victory is at hand!

TransForm, along with organizations and activists from across the Bay Area, has been pushing hard for the region's new $200+ billion, 25-year transportation plan to be an exceptional one. Now, the draft version of the Regional Transportation Plan has been released and a huge victory is at hand: there's unprecedented funding proposed for programs and projects that support transit, walking, bicycling and smart growth plus a bold commitment to fighting climate change.
Let’s make this a reality! Comment on the Regional Transportation Plan by March 2 through TransForm's website.

What the economic stimulus plan means for transit

The federal economic recovery bill we've been hearing so much about will likely be finalized in the next week. Thanks to vocal advocates like you from across the country, the version passed by the House included $3 billion more for transit than the original draft. We need to be sure that legislators see that supporting public transportation is one of the best ways to invest in our economic future. Check out Carli Paine's recently published article on this issue.
Then tell your federal legislators to ensure that the economic recovery bill makes only the highest-impact transportation investments.
And if you have strong relationships with Senator Boxer or any of the other Bay Area Congressional delegates, or their senior staff, please contact Carli Paine.

Answer Obama's call to service: volunteer with TransForm

Be a part of the movement for change in the Bay Area and beyond by volunteering with TransForm. TransForm needs volunteers for everything from tabling at events to making our Annual Summit a success. Contact Andréa to learn how you can get involved, have fun, meet new people and improve our communities and environment.

One man's quest to go car-free for a year

TransForm believes everyone should have affordable, safe, and easy access to jobs, services, and nature on food, bicycle, or public transportation. But here in the Bay Area, we've got a lot more work to do to make this a reality. Adam Greenfield is testing this out firsthand by attempting to go an entire year without riding in a car. Read about his adventures.

Save the date and submit a session for TransForm's 12th annual Summit on May 16

On Saturday, May 16, TransForm will hold its 12th Annual Summit at Laney College in Oakland. This year, the Summit will focus on the critical role of transportation and land use in the health of our economy, pocketbooks and planet – and highlight solutions that can help on all three fronts. Read more about the Summit, including how to submit a session proposal.

TransForm is hiring

Join TransForm's growing team or spread the word on our opportunities to friends and family. Check out our four new job postings.

News and events from TransForm's regional coalition member organizations

February 4: Tools for achieving equitable transit-oriented development in Bay Area neighborhoods… Attend PolicyLink and Citi's February 4 training to learn a range of ways communities can promote development that creates healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods – while preventing displacement. Register now.
February 5: Bring bicycle and pedestrian access to the Richmond Bridge. On February 5 at 1pm at the San Francisco Ferry Building, Caltrans will give a briefing on whether the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge can safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian access. The public will have an opportunity to comment, and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition is hoping you'll come and speak up in support of access. Contact Deb Hubsmith at MCBC at deb@marinbike.org or (415) 456-3469 FREE for more info and if you plan on attending.
February 7: Planning and Conservation League's annual symposium. There's still time to register for this daylong conference in Sacramento addressing a broad range of environmental issues and laws in California. Register now.
February 12: Bring bike sharing to Berkeley. Livable Berkeley is forming a committee to develop a bike sharing program for Berkeley. Bike sharing is an alternative transportation program where bike kiosks are set up at intervals along major corridors and riders can pick up and drop off bicycles in seconds. Be a part of this project to put a great idea into action in Berkeley! The first meeting of the committee is Thursday, February 12, 8:00 pm at Amanda's Restaurant, 2122 Shattuck Avenue. Contact info@livableberkeley.org for more info.
Are you a Sierra Club member and all about transportation issues? In February, the Sierra Club's Bay Area Transportation Committee will be voting on positions to take regarding San Francisco's Congestion Pricing Study and MTC's High Occupancy Toll lane plan in the Regional Transportation Plan. Please contact BATC co-chair Irvin Dawid to join the discussion and vote at irvin.dawid@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org; (650) 853-0558.
From our friends up north… Green Wheels and the Healthy Humboldt Coalition have succeeded in getting the Humboldt County Association of Governments to restart the Regional Housing Needs Allocation Methodology process. This is an important step for smart growth up north because in the past, over half of new housing was allocated to the unincorporated County where there is less infrastructure, farm and timberlands are at risk of development, and jobs, schools, and other services are not centralized. But change is afoot! Read more.