The first test of the Trump Administration on public transportation funding is upon us, and California (specifically the Bay Area) is caught in the crosshairs. We need your help right now to push back hard by signing this petition.
California’s Congressional Republicans are trying to stop a critical public transit project in the Bay Area — the electrification of Caltrain. They sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao asking her to deny a $647 million grant for the project.
If the GOP can convince the Administration to kill this vital project in Silicon Valley — one of the economic engines of the country — it will embolden them to come after public transit funding anywhere.
We can’t let that happen. Please take action today and share this petition widely.
TAKE ACTION: MAKE IT RAIN FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Meanwhile in Sacramento, state leaders are preparing to pour some much-needed funding into transportation — but public transportation and safe walking and biking infrastructure are being left out to dry. The Senate is moving quickly on their funding proposal, with a hearing next week that will inform how transportation dollars will be spent for the next ten years. Now is the time to let your state representatives know that California needs to prioritize public transportation and safe walking and biking, for the benefit of our people, our climate, our economy.
Read our blog on the proposed budget and then send an email to your legislators and Governor Brown.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR OUR STATE SUMMIT
California has been at the forefront of the fight against climate change for years, and 2017 promises to test our leadership in unprecedented ways. Register now for our 2017 Transportation Equity Summit: Investing Climate Justice on Monday, April 24 in Sacramento for the opportunity to convene with the best minds in transportation and social justice from all over the state.
This year’s summit will focus on connecting state transportation funding to concrete goals that both fight climate change and promote social equity. Stay for the optional Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 25 if you want to take what you’ve learned at the Summit straight to your state representatives at the Capitol.
Early bird registration ends March 24. Scholarships are available – email Katie Valenzuela Garcia for more information.
NEW REPORT: CROSSING TOGETHER
Transit agencies in the Bay Area are considering the possibility of a second transbay rail crossing, and there are many compelling reasons to do so. More frequent and reliable transit service across the Bay could relieve traffic gridlock, fight climate change, and connect more people to opportunity.
But the benefits of a second crossing are not guaranteed for everyone. Our new report, Crossing Together: Equity Considerations for a Second Transbay Crossing, highlights social equity concerns around building, planning, and operating a second crossing, and makes recommendations to ensure the process prioritizes social justice from start to finish.
MENLO PARK EMBRACES GREENTRIP WITH NEW MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT
At the end of a late-night meeting last month, Menlo Park City Council members voted unanimously to approve the city’s largest downtown development in a decade: our newest GreenTRIP-certified project, Station 1300. This development from Greenheart Land Company will replace an empty lot with mixed-use housing, retail, and office space — all directly adjacent to Caltrain. Station 1300 will incorporate GreenTRIP strategies, including separating the cost of parking from rent, installing a ZipCar pod on-site, and giving Caltrain Go Passes to all residents and employees. We’re thrilled that city leaders decided to use GreenTRIP strategies to prioritize people, not cars, and design a vibrant, mixed-used development in Menlo Park.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HELP OUT WITH THIS YEAR’S GOLDEN SNEAKER CONTEST
It’s the time of year when the Safe Routes to Schools office starts to turn a different color — gold! — thanks to the shimmers from all of the Golden Sneaker Contest trophies waiting to be awarded to schools throughout Alameda County. This year, the two-week event to encourage kids to walk, roll, carpool, or take transit to school is twice as special because 1) there is a record number of schools participating, and 2) every winning school will get a trophy boasting a sneaker formerly worn by the Golden State Warriors. That's a really big trophy!
The Golden Sneaker contest starts on February 27 and runs through March 10. If you have a child or know a student who attends an Alameda County elementary or middle school, and would like to find out if their school is participating in the contest, email us at SR2S@transformca.org.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP OPEN FOR BAY AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
We are proud to announce that TransForm is partnering with GJEL Accident Attorneys again this year to honor two Bay Area high school students with the Community Involvement Scholarship. Last year’s winners (pictured here) set a high bar, but we know there is no shortage of incredible high school seniors out there bettering their communities through volunteer service or activism. The deadline to apply is May 5.
WELCOME GARRETT AND ISA
We are very happy to welcome two new TransFormers to our team: Garrett Fortin and Isa Gaillard. Garrett is our new Development and Database Coordinator. Garrett impressed us with his background in nonprofit experience, a Master’s degree in social policy, and even a stint organizing on the presidential campaign trail. Isa joins our Safe Routes to Schools program as High School Coordinator. Passionate about environmental justice, Isa was the Environmental Justice Fellow at the Center for Environmental Health and served as the chair of the Native American Student Association at the University of Michigan. Learn more about them on our staff page.