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TransForm in the News
TransForm staff are often quoted about transportation and land use issues. Some of the articles below reference our former name, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC).
March 5, 2014
TransForm Executive Director Stuart Cohen urged the Assembly to push Caltrans to move forward on one of SSTI’s most immediately-achievable steps...”When Caltrans first put in place this requirement that cities and states follow its Highway Design Manual’s guidance on bicycle design, it made sense,” he said. “There wasn’t good practice on rearranging intersections and how to design bike lanes. We needed a standard statewide approach.”
February 11, 2014
“Oakland is still in a position where the powers that be remember an Oakland that was really struggling in the 70s and 80s, when we saw all that disinvestment in Oakland,” said Joel Ramos, regional planning director for TransForm. He noted that Oakland had tried and failed six years ago to pass an inclusionary housing ordinance that would have levied a fee on developers of market rate units to help fund affordable housing. “There was this concern that Oakland needs to do whatever it can to attract investment.”
January 31, 2014
Stuart Cohen, TransForm’s executive director and a member of Secretary Kelly’s CA Transportation Infrastructure Priorities workgroup, said that “this is not the first report slamming Caltrans” but that the critical difference comes from the ”tremendous leadership” of Governor Brown and Kelly, who commissioned the review.
CA: Second Annual Let's Get Moving Silicon Valley Seeks Public Participation in Fostering Healthy Communities and Greater Transportation ChoicesJanuary 27, 2014
Although it is the world center of innovation, Silicon Valley struggles to provide healthy communities and quality transportation choices for its residents and workforce. To address those issues, TransForm’s Silicon Valley Transportation Summit, Let’s Get Moving, is set for 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 22, at Avenidas Senior Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
January 14, 2014To ease pressure on the region's transportation systems, Plan Bay Area, the region's outline for development until 2040, calls for concentrating housing in neighborhoods within walking distance of public transit and amenities like grocery stores and restaurants.
That reflects an increasing desire of people of all ages to live in walkable communities, said Jeff Hobson, deputy director of TransForm, an Oakland group that advocates for public transportation.
January 12, 2014
Stuart Cohen, executive director of the statewide transit watchdog group TransForm, said the challenges Fernandez faces are not easy. The $2.3 billion extension of BART to San Jose's Berryessa area-- the most expensive public works project in South Bay history -- will open in four years. But digging under downtown San Jose to extend the line to Santa Clara would cost another $4 billion, and only half of that money is guaranteed.
"It will be a challenge to get BART beyond Berryessa," Cohen said. "It will take yet more fundraising, and voters have already pitched in twice."
January 10, 2014
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown officially unveiled his budget after days of speculation and leaked reports to newspapers. “This budget makes an important down payment on repairing our aging transportation network, upgrading public transportation and investing in walkable, sustainable communities,” said Stuart Cohen, Executive Director of TransForm and a member of Secretary Kelly’s California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities workgroup.
January 7, 2014
Because transportation is the leading cause of California’s emissions, there is a strong case for investing auction proceeds in alternatives to cars and fossil fuels. Ryan Wiggins, the cap-and-trade campaign manager for the Bay Area-based advocacy group TransForm, said in an interview that the ATP is very likely to receive at least some AB 32 dollars.
December 18, 2013
This week, regional and statewide transportation and land use advocacy group TransForm issued a new report exploring the possibility of repurposing existing lanes on Highway 101 to create “Optimized HOT lanes” to reduce traffic congestion and fund Caltrain, SamTrans, vanpools, and other alternatives to driving alone on the freeway.
November 8, 2013
They’ll hit Sacramento’s streets this afternoon; cars adorned with large pink mustaches on the bumper, piloted by drivers who will give you a welcome fist-bump and – for a “donation” – take you where you want to go.
November 7, 2013
With the summer now long gone and San Diego students back in school, some are being armed with a promising tool for fighting the impact of high gas prices and climate change: free transit passes.
October 16, 2013
There is an opportunity here for businesses to attract revenue without taxing themselves. Making parking easier will attract more customers. The ultimate prize for the city is sales tax revenues.
October 16, 2013
Stuart Cohen, executive director of the advocacy group TransForm, told KTVU Monday that commuters from “dispersed sites” such as Hayward or Dublin should consider carpooling. Cohen pointed to a ride share program available on 511.org.
“There's a whole database of tens of thousands of people that are already in this carpooling system that 511.org runs,” said Cohen. “But most people don't know about it.”
September 25, 2013
Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times opinion staff writes that the governor's signing of AB 1371 by Assembly member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) "marks success for cycling advocates following five failed attempts to bring California in line with the approximately two-dozen states that already have three-foot rules on their books or as guidelines in their driver handbooks."
August 4, 2013
The weight of the strike will fall most heavily on people like Briggs and her co-workers, said Stuart Cohen, executive director of transportation advocacy group TransForm. Lower-income workers tend to receive less flexibility from their employers and are less likely to have a car -- at least not for every person in the family.
For every two BART riders with a car available as backup, there is one commuter who lacks that option, according to a 2008 BART ridership study. That number increases in areas like downtown Oakland, where 46 percent of riders report having no vehicle to fall back on.
"If you work a retail shift, you can't just work from home, and your employer may not be sympathetic to your commute challenges," Cohen said.