TransForm in the News

June 25, 2009
.... A member of her school's Mountain Bike Team (this is California, after all), Lang didn't think twice about joining the car free challenge. "When my parents were my age they lived out in the 'burbs and had to drive to get places," she writes, "but my generation has watched An Inconvenient Truth in class and had school projects on carbon emissions. ... We are of a newer and more educated generation, and have been taught that cars are not entirely necessary to our existence." If she's right, the result could be quite different statistics indeed.
June 19, 2009
TransForm highlights wrong direction of the Oakland Airport Connector on KPFA FM 94.1.
June 18, 2009

Here I am at the beginning of week 3 of the challenge feeling amazed at how little I've actually driven compared to the last 20+ years!

June 7, 2009

"I had issues about using cars to begin with," said the hybrid-car owner, who as a kid didn't think twice about walking to school or the store. "I'm excited to do this."

She jumped when she heard about the challenge sponsored by TransForm, an advocacy group hoping to send a message that there's a "critical mass" of people out there who don't want to sit in traffic and pollute and are willing to try something new...  READ MORE AT

June 1, 2009
As Carli Paine of TransForm told the commissioners that day, “I’m here today to thank you for conducting the Regional Transportation Plan in a way that many advocates had been asking this agency to do for many years. We want to acknowledge that you broke with past tradition by setting out goals and establishing a vision and establishing targets for the plan at the initial steps.”
BART plan for Oakland Airport is folly
May 30, 2009

The good news is that the Oakland airport rail link is not yet a done deal. BART directors are now seeking proposals to build and operate the line. They have until Nov. 30 to pick a contractor or give the money back so the Metropolitan Transportation Commission can redirect the funds.

I say, give it back, so the dollars can be spent on a needed and useful transit project.

Editorial: It's time for BART to rethink the Oakland Airport connector
May 14, 2009

BART has a much cheaper alternative — improved bus service — to shuttle passengers from the Coliseum station to the airport terminal. It's time to put the brakes on the light-rail plan and look at other solutions.

Rapid bus touted as cheaper than rail to Oakland airport
May 12, 2009
"We think our report makes a good case that BART should look at bus rapid transit instead of rushing ahead Thursday to commit more than $500 million for a project that will carry far fewer riders at a much higher cost than when it was planned a decade ago," said John Knox White, TransForm's travel choice program director. "We believe rapid bus transit can provide a good service for one-tenth the cost of rail."
May 8, 2009
"We are calling on BART staff to immediately assign their consultants and their staff to work with us to further analyze the ridership on this proposal and to bring that to their board on May 14th so they can make an informed, smart decision," said Stuart Cohen, Executive Director of TransForm.
April 13, 2009
"It's impossible to address a green agenda without funding transit operations," said TransForm's Nick Caston.
March 30, 2009
"It's hard to see how we can be serious about setting regional targets for reducing driving, without knowing how much driving is really taking place," [said TransForm's Carli Paine.]  "This bill would provide a significant boost to our efforts to curb global warming pollution associated with driving and land use."
March 12, 2009
"It's a disgrace that a transit agency serving predominantly low-income and working class people has to raise fares in the middle of an economic crisis. But, the state's repeated raid of dedicated transit funds have made fare hikes an inevitability for AC Transit and for public transportation agencies across California," said Carli Paine, the transportation program director at Transform.
Boy's death, girl's injury have Berkeley focused on street safety
March 9, 2009
"It's sad that it takes tragedy like this to get everybody focused on safety," said [TransForm's Nora] Cody, whose program works with 50 schools in Alameda County.
February 27, 2009

"Gutting public transportation funding is a new low for the state," Paine said. "With the state's commitment to reducing global warming pollution and the growing demand for public transportation, there's a mandate to make sure that transit is well funded."

February 25, 2009

A plan to use $70 million of the stimulus money to build a three-mile BART extension from the Coliseum Station to the Oakland International Airport drew protests.... "We don't need star trek to the airport," said Transform Executive Director Stuart Cohen.