TransForm in the News

November 30, 2009
TransForm (formerly known as TALC, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition), has recently developed a program to integrate a host of otherwise independent green concerns, notably transportation and housing. The program — GreenTRIP — offers a type of smart growth certification for new residential and mixed-use developments.
November 21, 2009
"This report provides hard evidence that SB 375 … has the power to act as an economic driver," said Stuart Cohen, executive director of TransForm.
November 20, 2009
"The most astounding thing is that agencies pinch their pennies on transit and cut back and we feel like we can't afford not to save that service," said Stuart Cohen, Executive Director of TransForm. "We're already spending more than seven times as much as our agencies spend on public transit and roads just on buying and operating our vehicles."
November 19, 2009
John Knox White, TransForm’s Program Director, noted that in the wake of service cutbacks on area bus lines, the ballooning public costs of the connector should give Bay Area transit planners pause. “BART has doubled the amount of public funding for this project,” he said. “We feel the RapidBART provides equal or similar service but is a far more cost-effective option.”
November 19, 2009
"People that are able to live in walkable communities, able to have shorter commutes and good transportation choices, spend a lot less money on transportation," said Cohen. "These same people are also emitting many, many fewer greenhouse gas emissions."
November 19, 2009
TransForm's John Knox White talks about the discrepancy between the jobs BART says it will create with the Oakland Airport Connector project and the jobs it reported it would create when applying for federal stimulus funds. Some 5,300 jobs are touted by BART on its public website, 689 jobs were reported to the federal government.
November 19, 2009
By creating walkable neighborhoods with more transportation choices, Californians could save $31 million and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent, according to a study released Thursday by TransForm...
November 12, 2009
TransForm's Carli Paine joins the radio program and talks about transportation policy changes.
Debate begins on proposed bridge toll increases in Bay Area
November 6, 2009

"Removing this important incentive of a free trip across bridges would be a big mistake," said Carli Paine, transportation program director for the Oakland-based TransForm, an advocate for public transportation and walkable communities.

November 6, 2009
For John Knox White, Program Director at TransForm, the Bay Bridge closure showed that when presented with limited choices, people could still get to work without driving across the bridge. "The problem," he said, "is that people are taking BART because of an emergency, not because of choice."
November 5, 2009
In Alameda County we are actively working to change these numbers. The Safe Routes to Schools Partnership Program, led by nonprofit TransForm, includes the Alameda County Health Department and other local agencies and organizations. The program is funded in large part by you, the taxpayer, through a major grant from Measure B - Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax, administered by the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority. (ACTIA)
November 5, 2009

Carli Paine of TransForm, a transit advocacy group, objected to carpool tolls.  "It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to remove the important incentive (for carpoolers) of a free ride across the bridge," she said.

November 4, 2009
But Carli Paine of the Oakland-based transit advocacy group  TransForm said commercial trucks should pay higher fees because they bear  more weight, emit more pollution and have more impact on the bridges than do  personal vehicles.

Paine said TransForm generally supports the concept of congestion  pricing but "it does not make sense to put a toll on carpools" at a time when  the region is trying to reduce congestion and meet greenhouse gas targets.
Hour-plus commutes a way of life for many in East Bay
November 3, 2009
"I'm not surprised Contra Costa commutes are so long," said Stuart Cohen, executive director of TransForm, an Oakland group that promotes sustainable development. "There is such a huge difference in housing prices between the urban core and outer suburbs."
October 8, 2009
With fewer stops than the AirBART bus, longer travel time, and a $6 one way fare, TransForm's John Knox White argued the project was costing more but providing less. Knox White and other advocates who spoke to council noted that the potential short term construction jobs created for this project would come at the cost of a loss of long-term transit jobs as BART and AC Transit were forced to cut services.