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.
With some guidance from Chris Lepe at the California transit advocacy TransForm (via Human Transit), we charted some of the travel time outcomes in various project scenarios... What the results show with overwhelming clarity is the importance of giving transit exclusive, car-free travel lanes. With them, El Camino BRT commuters will travel as quickly as drivers; without them, riders have a brutal trip in store.
The empathic revolution we need to survive won’t happen overnight, but there are leaders at a local level who are working to turn “what is” into “what should be.” Leaders like Stuart Cohen, the co-founder and executive director of TransForm, who promotes the development of walkable and affordable communities with excellent transportation options.
Transform found that across the 68 sites in their GreenTrip Parking Database, "on average 31 percent of the spaces go unused. That’s 867,900 square feet of space that cost an estimated $139 million to build.
A new tool, the GreenTRIP Parking Database, can help by providing better data on actual parking usage at multifamily housing units. This is only one of the many land use categories about which planners seek data, but it is a key one.
A new tool from TransForm shows where parking is underutilized in the Bay Area, even finding wasted space in a city as notorious for parking difficulties as San Francisco.
"This rule helps by encouraging people to take public transit," said Stuart Cohen, executive director of TransForm. "I think it's the best we can hope to get. I hope some businesses will go beyond it to offer even more incentives for transit."