November 1, 2010

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Tomorrow’s election will have huge impacts on transportation and our communities for better and for worse.

First, be sure you vote NO on Proposition 26, which would devastate transportation funding as well as cut billions from education, health, and the environment.  The NO on 26 campaign is grossly underfunded, so spread the word to your friends and family now!

Then be sure to vote YES on vehicle fees in your county.  Seven counties are asking voters to approve a $10 vehicle registration fee to fund a range of transportation needs, from fixing potholes to public transportation improvements: Alameda (Msr. F), Contra Costa (Msr. O), Marin (Msr. B), San Francisco (Msr. AA), San Mateo (Msr. M), Santa Clara (Msr. B), and Sonoma County (Msr. W).

Finally, vote NO on Proposition 23, which would roll back California’s leadership on clean energy and reducing air pollution.  View other endorsements and share how you’re voting at www.CaliforniaChoices.org.

Now onto other news and events:

  • TransForm and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition are hiring!
  • RSVP for November 16 TransForum that tackles the federal transportation bill
  • Obama Administration keeps talking about transportation
  • New bill AB 987 will spur land use planning near public transportation
  • Can you volunteer for a couple hours on Wednesday?
  • Funds are awarded for innovative ways to reduce transportation emissions
  • Thousands of kids walk and bike to school, showing what's possible
  • Business Times reports on GreenTRIP’s potential to spur developments that reduce driving
  • California rail conference November 12 - 14 in Sacramento

TransForm and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition are hiring!

We’ve got two great jobs for you to spread the word on.  The first is TransForm’s new State Transportation Organizer position, which will join our State Policy Director in our Sacramento satellite office.  The Organizer will help build a powerful network of partners across California to work together to increase public transportation funding and ensure state transportation policies support environmental, health and equity goals.  Read more about the position.   The East Bay Bicycle Coalition is also looking for a new Executive Director – check it out!

RSVP for November 16 TransForum that tackles the federal transportation bill

Federal transportation policy has long been focused on highways.  As Congress moves closer towards passing a new federal transportation bill, how can we change this?  And how do the election results factor into this?

On Tuesday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., join Shannon Tracey (the Transportation For America campaign coordinator in California); Carli Paine, TransForm's transportation program director; Jessica Zenk, the Transportation Policy Director at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and Andy Thornley, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's program director for a lively discussion about why and how the federal transportation bill needs to change, and how this impacts the Bay Area.  There will also be time for networking at the end over complimentary snacks and drinks.   TransForums are $5 (TransForm supporters attend free).  Register now!

Obama Administration keeps talking about transportation

For the second time in two months, President Obama announced on October 11 the urgent need for a major investment in the nation’s roads, bridges, rail, and other public transportation as a way to create good jobs and spur future economic growth.  This is great news for the nation-wide movement to revolutionize the next federal transportation bill that TransForm is helping organize here in California as part of Transportation For America.  We're ready to help the President and Congress get to work on transportation policy as soon as the election is over!  Read more about the Administration’s proposed investment plan.

New bill AB 987 will spur land use planning near public transportation

Happy news: Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed AB 987, a bill TransForm pushed for that will give cities and counties more incentives to build a mix of housing types and services near public transportation hubs.  The timing of this couldn’t be better given how regions will soon be developing land use plans that will reduce how much people drive as part of SB 375 implementation.  Learn more about what the bill means.

Can you volunteer for a couple hours on Wednesday?

We need volunteers to help with a big mailing project.  Stop by our Oakland office for a couple hours or more on Wednesday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to stuff, stamp, chat, and munch on free food.  Please RSVP to Jessica at jlewis@transformca.org if you can help – and feel free to bring friends!

Funds are awarded for innovative ways to reduce transportation emissions

With your help, we won a major victory last year when the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission designated $80 million in funding for a first-in-the-nation regional grants program that will fight climate change by funding innovative strategies to reduce emissions from transportation, including reducing driving.  Now these funds are coming to life in exciting projects across the Bay Area!  Read more about the projects, including the recent San Francisco Chronicle article.

Thousands of kids walk and bike to school, showing what's possible

Picture sidewalks and bike lanes filled with countless kids on bikes and on foot, laughing and excited to be out in the fresh air on their way to school. This vision was a reality last month when thousands of kids at 70 schools walked or biked to school in Alameda County during International Walk or Roll to School Week which is part of TransForm's Safe Routes to Schools program (funded in part by a major grant from Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax, administered by ACTA).  Read highlights from Walk or Roll to School Week.

Business Times reports on GreenTRIP’s potential to spur developments that reduce driving

We were thrilled on Friday when the San Francisco Business Times published a long piece on the importance of GreenTRIP, TransForm's cutting-edge new program, certifies residential and mixed-use developments that keep the number of new parking spaces as low as possible and offer incentives for new tenants to drive less and own fewer vehicles.  Read the article now, and if you’re a developer with an eligible project, apply by November 15!

California rail conference November 12 - 14 in Sacramento

The Train Riders Association of California will host its annual conference in just a couple weeks.  Register now for this three-day conference focused on local, state, and federal rail issues.