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).
  • April 14, 2014

    “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.

  • March 21, 2014

    Ann Cheng, Program Director for TransForm's GreenTRIP program, talks about her career.

  • March 20, 2014

    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.

  • March 17, 2014

    Jeff Hobson, deputy director for public-transit advocacy group TransForm, points to Santa Clara’s large office parks with free parking as one factor contributing to the high car-usage numbers. This contrasts with costly and hard-to-find parking in San Francisco, a work destination for many Alameda and San Mateo residents.

  • 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.

  • January 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, 2014
    To 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.