Ryan Wiggins of TransForm points out that for the average Californian, who uses 40 gallons of fuel per month for transportation as well as indirectly for goods and services, a twenty-cent increase comes to about $8 per month. That’s not a very big increase compared to what people are already paying, nor compared to normal price fluctuations having nothing to do with cap and trade.
According to transit justice organization Transform of Oakland, young people are driving 23 percent less in the past nine years alone.
“Right now there is a real opportunity for our leaders in Sacramento to agree on a long-term cap-and-trade investment strategy that responds to Californians’ demands for public transit expansion, bikeable and walkable communities, affordable homes, and neighborhoods with parks and open space,” said Ryan Wiggins, with TransForm, a statewide smart-growth advocacy organization.
"Just throwing more money at our transportation problems is not what we need," said Jeff Hobson, deputy director of the advocacy group TransForm. "We need innovation. Without innovation, we'll keep throwing billions more into 20th-century infrastructure projects and we'll get 20th-century results. Ever-increasing traffic, worsening pollution, and people separated further and further from each other." Learn more about our innovative express lane solution for Highway 101 here.
"If they start off any lower, that shifts the rest of the cost of the operation of the system back onto the rest of our riders," says TransForm's Joel Ramos.
But an Oakland-based transit advocacy group disagreed, calling for a $6 fare. Joel Ramos, community planner with TransForm, said the fare should be set high to hold down the operating subsidy BART will fork out to run the service.
"With this proposal, we can begin to have true affordability. That means low-cost transportation right near affordable housing," said Stuart Cohen of transit advocacy group TransForm.
Chris Lepe, senior community planner for transit watchdog group TransForm, said the early assessment of Fernandez’s performance is positive. “She’s a great public speaker, very charismatic,” he said. “That’s important, because ultimately you have to be able to sell these projects, to tell the community and elected officials, Why is this is important? Why does this matter?”
Jeff Hobson of the Transform transit advocacy group argued the fares should be on the high side -- not set at $4 -- so regular BART riders don't end up subsidizing riders bound for the airport.
Jeff Hobson, deputy director for TransForm, a transit advocacy coalition that fought the connector and suggested instead an improved bus link, said the project is proving to be a poor investment that will steal money from much-needed BART projects, including starting the BART Metro venture designed to cut crowding and speed travel; repairing wrecked railcars; replacing aging computer servers; and hiring people to lobby for more government funding.
The annual summit is hosted by TransForm and a long list of partners across the state including ClimatePlan, MoveLA, Circulate San Diego, the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, National Resources Defense Council, and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. In addition to discussing current policies, the learning day prepared attendees for TransForm’s “Advocacy Day,” in which participants meet with State Assembly members and their staff to talk about the issues that matter most to them and push for legislation.
“While there is work to be done in the weeks ahead, and some aspects of the proposal need improvement, Senator Steinberg has made a clear commitment to provide a much needed boost in funding to meet both California’s growing demand for real transportation and housing choices while meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets,” wrote TransForm’s Ryan Wiggins in a blog post.
Ann Cheng, Program Director for TransForm's GreenTRIP program, talks about her career.
TransForm has taken Shoup’s work to heart, using the principles he proposes as a basis for their GreenTRIP program that seeks to convince cities to allow housing developers to replace overbuilt, expensive parking with alternatives like car share, bike parking, and transit passes.