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 Stuart Cohen of TransForm agreed, saying that the data used for the model is already outdated.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.
Riding upstream should be associated with salmon, not train passengers. As “Backward race to get to the front of the line” (Dec. 1) shows, BART is so crowded during rush hour that people are resorting to drastic measures to ease their commute.
TransForm, a transportation advocacy group, says the new connector is a boondoggle -- too costly with little potential for heavy ridership, and constructed at a time when nearly $5 billion in funding is needed for major systemwide improvements to the BART network.
"If BART was running impeccable service for its core users, we wouldn't be as concerned by this imbalance. But anyone who's ridden BART regularly over the past few years knows that's not the case."
“Despite the obvious needs, BART has gone forward with seemingly thoughtless projects like the airport connector,” Joél Ramos, TransForm’s regional planning director. “I use the word ‘thoughtless’ because they didn’t give alternatives fair consideration. BART never seriously considered a system integrating dedicated bus lanes, something we know to be efficient and reliable.”
"The BART system is crumbling and not enough is being spent in reinvestment," said Joel Ramos, regional planning director for TransForm, an Oakland-based transit advocacy group. "We hope when BART looks at future rail extensions, it will consider this."
Representatives of TransForm — a coalition that led the fight against the connector, recommending a rapid bus instead — still think it was a bad decision. They said they hope BART and the Bay Area learn to make better transportation spending choices, including when it comes to deciding how to connect BART to Livermore.