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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).
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.
July 19, 2013
Plan Bay Area, the 25-year regional development and transportation funding strategy, was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments last night. The commissions passed a plan that includes some highway expansions and won’t meet the region’s own goals for sustainable transportation, according to projections, but which nevertheless represents a step forward for smart growth.
While MTC and ABAG didn’t adopt the bolder “Equity, Environment and Jobs Alternative,” which was drafted by the MTC along with sustainable planning advocacy groups, TransForm said that several amendments passed by the MTC “helped address our concerns.” The EEJ alternative would have ditched plans to expand highways with high-occupancy toll lanes and done a better job of reducing housing and transportation costs for low-income residents.
July 18, 2013
Those who earn more money spend less than half their income, or 41 percent, on those items, he added.
Another Bay Area look at the issue shows people who live in neighborhoods near public transit also spend far less on transportation, said Shannon Tracey, communications director for TransForm, an Oakland-based policy group.
"If you live in a neighborhood with the least amount of access to public transportation you are spending $5,400 more per year than someone in a household with the best transportation access," Tracey said.
July 16, 2013
Plan Bay Area reflects our region's shift from car-centric urban planning to a new era of more options for everyone.
Bolstered by a state law requiring regions to plan for more transportation and housing choices as a way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, Plan Bay Area represents a watershed moment.
Compared with previous regional plans, it does more to support new homes close to jobs with great access to transit, protect our open spaces and farms, boost the amount of daily walking or biking, and significantly reduce the number of premature deaths from exposure to air pollutants.
July 1, 2013
However, morning rush hour did not come to a standstill as feared, and some travelers who used carpool lanes and other options added relatively little time to their commutes.
"It's been an absolute nightmare for some commuters, but we didn't see total gridlock," said Stuart Cohen, executive director of TransForm, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization focused on public transportation and walkable communities. "Everybody got so worried about potential congestion they found an alternative,"
June 26, 2013
The MTC/ABAG proposal, for example, calls for maintaining the current level of local transit service for the next few decades despite anticipated population growth. The MTC/ABAG plan "was geared to reducing the amount of driving but didn't plan for operating more transit," said Clarrissa Cabansagan, transportation advocate for the nonprofit TransForm. "That's a pretty glaring disconnect." ABAG projects that the Bay Area's population will grow by 2 million people by 2040.
June 20, 2013
Nationally, 11 percent of bridges are deemed structurally deficient, and in California the figure is 12 percent. The nine Bay Area counties have 3,919 bridges, ranging from the famous Golden Gate and commuter workhorse Bay Bridge to nondescript freeway overpasses and creek crossings, many in remote locations. About 14.5 percent of those - 568 bridges - are considered structurally deficient.
"We do need to be investing more in taking care of the infrastructure we have," said Shannon Tracey, a spokeswoman for TransForm, a Bay Area transportation advocacy group. "Our rate of repair has slowed, and our infrastructure, especially the highway infrastructure built in the '50s and '60s is coming of age. We know there are more bridges that will become structurally deficient in the years to come."
June 10, 2013
The GreenTRIP program certifies development projects that incorporate the most effective traffic reduction strategies and reduce unneeded parking, which in turn lowers overall development costs and maximizes every housing subsidy dollar to create more affordable housing units per project.
May 28, 2013
"...Joël Ramos – senior community planner with TransForm, a non-profit that advocates for world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and a board member of San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) – argues that BRT is by far the smarter option. Ramos said light rail is something “people are familiar with,” and that there is a certain “sentiment” attached to rail that is not enjoyed by buses. But Ramos told Earth Island Journal that rail proponents have no viable strategy to fund another light rail line. “They need a means to an end,” he said. Ramos said there’s simply no money to build a light rail line – especially with the city already spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the Central Subway from South of Market to Chinatown. Ramos stressed that the Geary and Van Ness BRT proposals will provide viable transportation for “tens of thousands” people...."
May 15, 2013
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that includes the first round of funds collected under the cap and trade system. In the budget, Brown “loans” the half billion in funds collected to the general fund to be paid back at some point in the unspecified future.
“We disagree with the Governor’s proposal to transfer the $500 million in cap-and-trade auction revenues to the general fund and postpone needed investments in projects and programs that could achieve greenhouse gas reductions this year,” writes Stuart Cohen, the executive director of TransForm CA.
“While we appreciate the Governor’s interest in taking a prudent approach to ensure that the cap-and-trade revenues are spent in ways that best meet the program’s goals of maximizing greenhouse gas reductions there are existing and proposed transportation projects and programs that these revenues could be invested in to meet these goals and reap significant economic and public health benefits for all Californians, especially disadvantaged communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. “