TransForm in the News

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
Safe Routes to Schools Director Nora Cody said such lawsuits are not common. Cody said that the traffic-safety campaign has led to increased awareness about road safety among students, with more people walking or taking the school bus every day.

Cody said that 10 percent of students in Rosa Parks and Thousand Oaks Elementary Schools have stopped driving to school and are instead walking and riding school buses.
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.
October 6, 2009

John Knox White, the program director for TransForm, an Oakland-based transit advocacy group, said in a statement, "This project has become a shell of the project that was promised to voters and offers no benefits to the city of Oakland."

White said, "The City Council has a chance to stop a terrible waste of stimulus and taxpayer money in favor of creating jobs, providing real transportation improvements and actually benefiting Oakland."

October 1, 2009

It's not as if no one has noticed the MTC fiddling with big capital projects while ordinary transit is burned. Organizations such as Urban Habitat have pointed out the waste in two new big future projects gobbling up today's necessary transit funding and have actually (with Genesis and Transform) sued over issues relating to the OAC. TransDef, TransForm, Rebecca Kaplan of the Oakland City Council, and others have raised their voices to complain about MTC’s allocations of funding.

 To date, such myriad voices have fallen on deaf ears.

September 27, 2009

Some public transit advocates, though, are strongly opposed to the bill. Stuart Cohen, executive director of the statewide group TransForm, said some of the Bay Area's most congested carpool lanes – in southern Marin County, Palo Alto and Berkeley, for instance – are also places where residents need little extra incentive to invest in a green car.

"These are the people that are going to buy these things anyway," Cohen said.

September 25, 2009
John Knox White of TransForm said his group will call on AC Transit's board tonight to take action only on the CMAQ funds in the short term, while simultaneously convening a task force to further analyze other options before trying to divert RM2 funds.

"This changes how this money was moved by the voters and it deserves more than a few days of discussion. If this is a short-term problem because of the economy, then they should have a short-term solution. We don't need to be gutting long-term improvements for riders."

September 23, 2009
BART officials have spent much of the summer defending their project and trying to downplay the rapid-bus proposal, saying they studied it in 2002 and determined it wasn't feasible. But their claims don't stand up to scrutiny. Agency documents obtained by an Oakland-based transit advocacy group, TransForm, reveal that at least one BART consultant acknowledged that the agency has not thoroughly examined the bus system proposed by transit activists. Moreover, internal e-mails obtained by TransForm raise serious questions as to whether BART officials could be unbiased. In one e-mail sent earlier this year to BART consultants, Tom Dunscombe, the airport connector project director, asked for help to "discredit" TransForm's rapid-bus plan. "Any information you can provide to put holes in this would be appreciated," Dunscombe wrote.
September 17, 2009

A fantastic summary of what is at stake in terms of dollars and sense. Written by a seasoned public transportation journalist and well worth the read.

September 15, 2009
"BART is trying to have this conversation in a vacuum as if we don't have a very successful AirBART system already in place," says TransForm's John Knox White.

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