“There are very entrenched interests that don’t want to see this project happen, or want to see it watered down,” says Chris Lepe, a senior community planner for the transit advocacy group, TransForm.
Shared-use mobility, like care share and bike share, could dramatically lower rents in new housing by reducing the amount of expensive parking required in new developments. That’s the message Stuart Cohen with TransForm conveyed on Live Ride Share’s panel on integrating shared mobility into land use and housing.
Jeff Hobson, deputy director of TransForm, an Oakland transportation advocacy group, said a per-mile charge could also be used as a traffic-management tool with charges increasing during the busiest times of day and falling along with traffic congestion.
Joel Ramos, regional planning director for the mass transit advocacy nonprofit TransForm and a board member of Muni, said many families simply cannot use public transit to get their children to school.
TransForm’s new platinum-level certification is a step up, based on one development that was able to scrap its $2.3 million garage entirely. According to Ann Cheng, GreenTRIP program developer, the certification acts like a political endorsement.
“The app world is filling in all the gaps in under-used assets and parking spaces are no exception,” says Ann Cheng with TransForm...To Cheng, the emergence of these technologies speaks to a cultural trend away from cars. After all, she says, millennials’ transit preferences are officially mainstream.
Among the objections to this chosen method were several comments that pointed out that the model creates incentives to build only for the higher end of the low-income market. “Building for extremely low-income households would have a higher impact on greenhouse gas reductions because they have the lowest carbon footprint,” said Megan Kirkeby of the California Housing Partnership. Stuart Cohen of TransForm agreed, saying that the data used for the model is already outdated.
TransForm's Jeff Hobson: "We need to use our existing infrastructure better because that's the cheapest way of serving more people - the most cost effective way of serving more people. we also need to make sure that where the region is expanding, where we have more people living on the edges of the region, that we're serving those people in the most cost effective way..."
State sustainable transportation advocates are cautiously optimistic about the preliminary budget, at least in its summary form. “This budget shows that we can solve our climate problems while lifting up our most vulnerable communities,” according to a statement by Josh Stark of TransForm.
Meanwhile [Chris] Lepe said participants in public meetings on the BRT proposal had included disproportionately fewer people who were young, low-income, recent immigrants or people of color compared with the actual demographics of the cities involved.
Joël Ramos, regional planning director for TransForm, a public transportation group, said that his group is in favor of the BRT project. By e-mail, he wrote that they support BRT, “mostly because it allows transit to be more efficient, allowing the few transit dollars transit agencies have to go further.”
My organization TransForm is proposing that SANDAG shift gears in its plan for 2015, known as San Diego Forward, and incorporate these characteristics into the new scenario they are producing.
City Council member Donald Rocha proposed in a memo an alternative policy that largely mirrored what SVBC and transit advocacy group TransForm urged: Clearly defining and prohibiting unsafe bicycling behavior on sidewalks, and creating an educational campaign to establish safe behavioral norms for bicycling on sidewalks.