You may have noticed something a bit different about last month’s e-news — it didn’t exist! You’ll now be getting this newsletter every other month. On the off months, you’ll get shorter, more timely updates according to your preferences (which you can change here).
So we’ve got a lot to cover in this issue! April was a critical month for transportation in the state capitol, and what happens in the next few weeks will determine if key transportation equity legislation lives or dies. May is also Bike Month, Affordable Housing Week starts tomorrow, and our summer socials are coming up…so read on!
BIKE TO WORK AND SCHOOL DAY IS TOMORROW!
Strap on your helmet — tomorrow is Bike to Work and School Day. If you are pedaling to work tomorrow in the East Bay, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley, be sure to stop by an energizer station for snacks and goodies to fuel your trip.
Bike to School Day is the last big event of the school year for Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools. There are 134 schools registered! See a map of all participating schools. Students at Lincoln Middle School in Alameda are just one example of the next generation of green transportation leaders. Look for them in the East Bay Express Bike to School/Work Day pullout, and check them out here!
SB 1, SOUNDS FROM THE SUMMIT, AND HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ALIVE
Last month was about as big as it gets for transportation in the state capitol. After nearly two years of negotiations, the Legislature approved a massive $5 billion per year transportation spending package. Here’s our perspective on SB 1 and what it means for the most vulnerable Californians, public transportation, walking and biking, and more.
At the end of April we held our annual Transportation Equity Summit and Advocacy Day (#TranspoEquity17), co-hosted by our friends at the California Bicycle Coalition. See our blog post for a collection of photos, audio interviews, and tweets from the event.
During the summit and advocacy day, three important bills passed out of committee: AB 17 for student transit passes, AB 179 to bring an environmental justice perspective to the California Transportation Commission, and SB 150 to connect state transportation funding to progress on Sustainable Communities Strategies. Now’s the time to tell your legislators to support these bills!
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING EAST BAY GIVES!
Thank you for making this year's East Bay Gives a big success! If you donated to us on May 4, you're helping transform our communities into ones where we have affordable, efficient, and reliable choices for how we get around. Your support helped raise nearly $7,000 in 24 hours and we are floored by your generosity.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING WEEK
An affordable place to call home should be a right, not a privilege. Yet, in California, this is far from a reality for too many people. This month, several counties in the Bay Area are hosting Affordable Housing Weeks (#AHW2017), with events to celebrate progress for affordable housing and highlight all the work yet to be done.
TransForm has worked for years to support more affordable homes near transit. Here are a few projects that our GreenTRIP team supported with Certification or helped receive state funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program:
- 32 affordable units will open up soon at The Parker in Berkeley, one of the first GreenTRIP certified projects. Application instructions will be available on their website soon.
- Miraflores Senior Apartments in Richmond is breaking ground on May 15. RSVP!
- Marea Alta in San Leandro, another early GreenTRIP Certified project, is having its grand opening on May 17.
- In support of Affordable Housing Week, we invite you to use Connect.GreenTRIP.org to support an affordable housing project near you or to get more affordable housing in a market-rate housing project being proposed in your community.
SILICON VALLEY COMMUTERS: HELP BREAK UP GRIDLOCK ON HIGHWAY 101
On May 31 and June 5, San Mateo County is holding community meetings about proposals to fix the traffic nightmare on Highway 101 in Silicon Valley. If you live, work, or drive along the 101 corridor between San Francisco and San Jose, you should come!
TransForm has a solution for fast, affordable, sustainable transportation on 101 — converting a lane to an express lane can move more people in less cars more quickly than any other solution under consideration. But we need to show support at these meetings, or agency officials may proceed with a more expensive, disruptive, and inefficient plan.
TRANSFORMERS IN THE NEWS
Executive Director Stuart Cohen was quoted in both The New York Times and The East Bay Times on why funding the Caltrain electrification project is critical to our nation’s infrastructure…State Policy Director Joshua Stark was featured in The Los Angeles Times and KQED News for our position against SB 1’s trucking pollution loophole…GreenTRIP Senior Program Manager Jennifer West spoke with Oakland Magazine about the neighborhood benefits of building affordable housing…Senior Community Planner Clarrissa Cabansagan spoke to The East Bay Express about equity concerns if a second transbay tube is built.