July 1, 2013

Your monthly pass to world-class public transportation and more wonderful, walkable communities.

When BART shuts down, so does rush hour in the Bay Area. Today’s strike is just the latest evidence that we need a safe, reliable BART system to keep our region moving.

TransForm will soon be ramping up our Save BART campaign to make sure BART prioritizes investments that will keep BART safe, reliable, and affordable. Click here to sign up for updates and ways to help as we get this campaign rolling.

Read on for the rest of the e-news:

Speak up to improve Plan Bay Area before the final vote

Over the past few weeks, our regional leaders have been mulling over staff recommendations to the draft of Plan Bay Area, our region’s 25-year blueprint for reducing climate pollution and meeting the transportation and housing needs of our growing population. While staff recommendations bring us closer to the better plan we’ve been advocating for, we need to continue pushing for better affordable housing policies and more money for public transportation.

Your presence is powerful – so please join us at the last two meetings to help win the future we want for the Bay Area! Friday, July 12 is one of the most crucial Plan Bay Area meetings where key committees from MTC & ABAG are likely to put most of the finishing touches on the draft plan; then, the final vote is scheduled for the following Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Bring a transit-lovin’ friend to the Press Club July 16

Back by popular demand, TransForm’s Board of Directors invites you and your friends to our second annual Mix-and-Mingle evening at The Press Club in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come network with TransForm’s growing community of advocates; meet members of TransForm’s Board of Directors; and bring a friend along to learn more about TransForm. In fact, we’ll have prizes for those who bring the most friends that evening!

Not only is this a “friend-raiser,” but it’s a fundraiser, too: 10% of your wine, beer and food purchases will be donated to support TransForm’s advocacy. RSVPs appreciated, please click here for details. We really look forward to seeing you!

Urge Oakland City Council to move forward with East Bay Bus Rapid Transit agreement

Two important meetings this month will decide whether AC Transit receives critical federal funding for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along International Boulevard. The clock is ticking towards a deadline for finalizing an agreement with the City of Oakland and accessing billions of dollars to bring better bus service and street improvements to the East Bay. After a unanimous “yes” vote for BRT at Oakland City Council last year, we have high hopes that they are close to an agreement – but with so much at stake, we need to make sure it’s done right, and done in time for the federal funding to come through.

So please join us on Tuesday, July 9th at 11:30 a.m. when AC Transit takes BRT before the Public Works Committee, and then again on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m. in front of the full City Council. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joël.

State budget disappoints on climate change funding and transportation

The state budget approved by the Legislature and Governor last month contained lots of good things for California. Unfortunately, swift action on climate change was not one of them. We’re disappointed that state leaders agreed to delay investments that would curb carbon emissions, create real transportation choices, and address the impacts of climate change on disadvantaged communities.

Nonetheless, there are some significant reasons for hope in the Administration’s long-term climate funding plans – but we’ll need your help to see them through. Click here to join our Transportation Choices Campaign and get updates on how you can speak up for carbon-cutting transportation solutions for our state’s future.

15 years of impact…and 483 fabulous supporters!

483 fabulous supporters and volunteers are listed in our just-released 2012 annual report commemorating TransForm’s 15 year anniversary. Cover to cover, this annual report shows how we’re leading the movement to transform transportation with our collaborative, strategic approach to shaping the affordable, livable communities Californians need. We’re proud of our work and all the partners, donors, and allies who help make it happen.

If you are one of the 483, we can’t thank you enough. Read the report to see how your generosity with dollars and time fuels TransForm’s impact. Be sure to be part of our 2013 annual report and our movement by making a gift to TransForm today.

GreenTRIP Certification featured as an innovative strategy by the Federal Reserve Bank

TransForm's Stuart Cohen and Ann Cheng co-authored an article that appears in the June 6, 2013 issue of Community Investments, the Community Development publication for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. This issue highlights cutting-edge practices to address the most challenging fiscal environment in recent memory. The article, entitled "New Paths to Housing and Transportation Affordability," demonstrates how reduced parking requirements and locating affordable homes in transit rich locations, will allow developers to significantly reduce the cost of housing while also providing more affordable transportation choices.

Click here to read the article and learn more about GreenTRIP’s innovative approach to linking housing and transportation for greater affordability.

TransForm wants to hire…you?

If you’re good with data or dollars, now’s a great time to check our jobs page. We’re searching for an experienced Bookkeeper to help us track the ins and outs of our finances, and a tech-savvy Database and Online Communications Manager to keep our Salesforce and website systems running smoothly. Both positions are located in our downtown Oakland office and include great benefits, so please help us get the word out!

Within two weeks there will also be postings for both our advocacy and communications teams, so please let interested job-seekers know to check our website frequently for the latest postings.

Upcoming events in the Bay Area and beyond: Health in Transportation Webinar July 17

Below is a sampling of upcoming events in July and August. Visit TransForm’s events webpage frequently for details on transportation-related events in the Bay Area and beyond.

Bay Area Health in Transportation Collaborative webinar
Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at your desk

Be a part of improving health and transportation in the Bay Area by joining this monthly webinar series, hosted by TransForm and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership! On this webinar, we’ll hear from Jim Smith of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Marnie Purcell-Hill of Human Impact Partners about policies and studies that can help reduce health risks from transportation.

To sign up, click here, or visit our website for more information.

Transportation Research Board meeting - with Stuart Cohen
Friday, July 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Palo Alto

TransForm’s executive director Stuart Cohen joins a panel of experts to discuss “Emerging Trends in Public Transportation and Vehicle Automation” and help set the future research agenda for the Transportation Research Board. Public and private sector transportation professionals and academic researchers are the main audience for this free event. Click here for more information and to RSVP (deadline July 9th).

Bay Area Bike Share Launch
August, exact date TBD

The wait is almost over… transportation agencies around the Bay are set to roll out the first wave of Bay Area Bike Share this August. The initial network will consist of 700 bicycles and 70 stations in San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose.

We’ll post the details as soon as we have ‘em, and you can also check the official Bay Area Bike Share website here.