TransForm in the News

November 7, 2016

Measure RR supporters, including Joel Ramos of transit advocacy group Transform, said it’s crucial to rebuild the BART system — and without delay.

“We cannot afford to push this system further into disrepair by not passing Measure RR,” he said.

October 26, 2016

“We’re really happy with what Oakland has done in updating its parking codes,” said Jennifer West, senior program manager at GreenTRIP, which encourages more environmentally friendly development and is a project of the Oakland nonprofit TransForm. “We work at TransForm on both climate and equity issues, and parking hits both in that parking drives up the cost of housing significantly. We think housing people, not cars, is the best way to go forward.

October 25, 2016

“Anybody who has ever tried to get anywhere lately, especially in peak hours, knows our transportation systems are a mess,” said Joel Ramos, the regional planning director for TransForm, a transportation advocacy nonprofit. “They can’t afford to wait anymore."

October 21, 2016

The outreach programs will be spearheaded by TransForm, a nonprofit that promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity and help solve the climate crisis.

 

October 20, 2016

But not every transportation advocacy group supports Measure X. TransForm, which advocates for rational land use and transportation decisions, has taken a neutral stance. Joël Ramos, TransForm’s Regional Planning Director, says that TransForm has not been able to support the measure because the language about how the transit money will be spent is too ambiguous.

October 19, 2016

The reduced membership costs, coupled with the ability to pay in cash, are significant because most of the people who use the bike-share stations today are white, male and affluent, said Clarrissa Cabansagan, a senior community planner for TransForm, a transportation advocacy nonprofit. Rather than being a symbol of exclusivity, Cabansagan said TransForm wanted to find ways to enable the bike-sharing network to be one of empowerment.

October 19, 2016

The reduced membership costs, coupled with the ability to pay in cash, are significant because most of the people who use the bike-share stations today are white, male and affluent, said Clarrissa Cabansagan, a senior community planner for TransForm, a transportation advocacy nonprofit. Rather than being a symbol of exclusivity, Cabansagan said TransForm wanted to find ways to enable the bike-sharing network to be one of empowerment.

October 19, 2016

The reduced membership costs, coupled with the ability to pay in cash, are significant because most of the people who use the bike-share stations today are white, male and affluent, said Clarrissa Cabansagan, a senior community planner for TransForm, a transportation advocacy nonprofit. Rather than being a symbol of exclusivity, Cabansagan said TransForm wanted to find ways to enable the bike-sharing network to be one of empowerment.

October 16, 2016

“We truly believe this is a critical opportunity to make sure BART is in great shape and can continue to meet the needs of its 400,000-(plus) daily riders,” TransForm wrote, in its full-throated endorsement of the measure, written by regional planning director Joel Ramos.

October 11, 2016

 Some public transit advocates say that repairing roads will benefit the entire community by saving AC Transit money, it saves riders and taxpayers money. “Buses belong to all of us,” said Joel Ramos, regional planning director at Transform, a non-profit advocacy group for public transportation and walkable communities. “This measure will allow it to be affordable to operate buses, which in turn makes it better for us because we can keep the cost of riding those buses down.”

September 23, 2016

This November voters in three Bay Area counties will have the chance to vote on a $3.5 billion bond measure to pay for critical repairs and improvements for BART, including station improvements, new rails, and an improved train-control system that will allow trains to cross the bay more frequently at peak hours. 

September 21, 2016

But, Jennifer West, a program manager for TransForm, a transportation and housing advocacy nonprofit, said there is an excess of parking at developments across the city. TransForm in 2014 released the GreenTrip parking database, which, for the first time, created a comprehensive data-set detailing how much parking was actually being utilized at apartment buildings across the Bay Area. 

September 9, 2016

“It’s great to hear our elected officials, MTC, Motivate and Ford, all emphasize the reality that we cannot leave anyone behind as we charge ahead with tech-driven transportation solutions,” said Clarrissa Cabansagan, the senior community planner at TransForm. “It’s even more refreshing to hear such an iconic American car company recognize that it can be a catalytic force in undoing the sins of the auto industry like pollution, traffic congestion and physical inactivity.”

September 8, 2016

But converting an existing lane on the highway to an express lane would move traffic faster in all lanes and carry more people in fewer vehicles, according to analyses conducted by MTC in 2015 [PDF] and TransForm in 2013 [PDF].

September 2, 2016

“It’s kind of remarkable that they didn’t go back to the voters,” said Stuart Cohen, executive director of TransForm, a transit advocacy group that has often been critical of BART’s priorities. Cohen said BART is in the predicament it’s in because of a past failure to plan ahead.

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