OK, so parking may not be sexy. But a new browser tool from TransForm, an Oakland advocacy group trying to create more walkable communities through smarter transit planning, will soon give residents a stronger voice in how their communities are being developed.
"It's not really about generating parking revenue but generating sales tax revenue," said Joel Ramos, TransForm regional planning director.
Knight Foundation recently announced $100,000 in support for TransForm, California’s leading transportation advocate, to expand its GreenTRIP program within San Jose.
Recently, TransForm, with the California Housing Partnership Corporation, published a report that sheds light on the benefits to greenhouse gas emissions and household budgets of investing in affordable homes near reliable transit.
Moreover, the per-gallon increase could be offset by improved public transportation options down the line, said Ryan Wiggins, state cap-and-trade campaign manager at TransForm, an Oakland-based transportation advocacy group. “While the price of gas will rise, projections are that people will use less fuel overall as a result of having more transit and housing options,” Wiggins said.
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.
“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.
According to transit justice organization Transform of Oakland, young people are driving 23 percent less in the past nine years alone.
"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?”