TransForm in the News

Walking School Bus provides elementary kids with safe routes
December 26, 2008

Susan Silber, education coordinator at TransForm, a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of public transportation and building of walkable communities, helps lead the Safe Routes to School program. Parents just need to be reminded of the benefits of walking to school, she said.

"The kids get more exercise when they're walking. Environmentally, it's a great way to reduce our carbon footprint, and it reduces traffic in the morning," she said. "It's also great community-building. It's like a play date before or after school. The kids have a great time with each other. Parents tell me, 'I enjoy this just as much as the kids.'"

December 11, 2008
One non-profit that sticks up for public transit in the county, TransForm, has filed a "friend of the court" brief in a case that is trying to restore public transit funding. The suit is over transit money authorized by Proposition 116.
October 29, 2008
The transportation experts also agree SMART is a good plan, and Transportation Authority of Marin, Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) and Sonoma County Transportation Authority all endorse measure Q.
October 23, 2008
It's especially lamentable because all those new riders are poised to become mass transit converts. But now, crowded buses and fare hikes could send them back to their cars." This is going to mean more people out there on the road, driving, creating more congestion for everybody and keeping transportation as our No. 1 source of global warming pollution," says Stuart Cohen, executive director of Transportation and Land Use Coalition...
October 22, 2008
...as long as politicians choose to fund wasteful projects such as a fourth bore in the Caldecott Tunnel and transferring $4 billion from transit agencies to close California budget deficits accruing since 2000. "Our leaders need to be putting our money where our collective mouth is and stop raiding these funds," Carli Paine, transportation program director for Transportation and Land Use Coalition, told us. "I'm hopeful, but I think we all need to do more."
Prop 1A: High-speed rail would connect SD and SF
October 15, 2008
California High-Speed Rail would help achieve California's greenhouse gas reduction goals by replacing car and airplane trips with rail trips, said Stuart Cohen, executive director of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, in a written statement.
September 30, 2008
In the Sierra Club's statement of endorsement for the bill, authored by Stuart Cohen of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, the group cited various environmental and economic potential benefits for the plan.
September 26, 2008
"If Proposition 1a doesn‘t pass it would be the death knell for high-speed rail for at least a decade and probably forever because it‘s just going to get too expensive to build," said Stuart Cohen, the coalition‘s executive director.
September 24, 2008
Public transit officials and advocates say there's nothing to celebrate in the new state budget.
Big money set aside for BART extension to South Bay
September 24, 2008
"Why not wait until after November, when we know the vote in Santa Clara County?" said Stuart Cohen, executive director of the Oakland-based Transportation and Land Use Coalition. "Instead, they're giving money to a project that is still a long shot in getting all the funding it needs."
September 20, 2008
Transit advocates lobbied hard to keep funding intact but again came up short. "With gas prices rising, we're seeing a tremendous increase in transit ridership," said Carli Paine, transportation program director for the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. "It's the exact wrong time to take away any funding for public transportation."
Is it worth accepting traffic congestion in Alameda?
August 21, 2008
The big question is this: Is it worth accepting possible congestion for 45 to 60 minutes a day at fewer than 10 intersections throughout the city to have fewer cars traveling through our neighborhoods?
Transportation commission approves financing of toll lanes
July 24, 2008
The Oakland-based Transportation and Land Use Coalition urged the commission to remove funding for several freeway projects, including a car-pool lane on Highway 4 in Antioch.
Making connections between quality of life and transportation
July 17, 2008
John Knox White is chairman of the Alameda Transportation Commission and TravelChoice program director for the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. He blogs regularly at Alamedans.com.
July 16, 2008
"Anybody's budget should be a reflection of their values, whether it's an individual or an agency," said Carli Paine, transportation program director for the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. "The state is saying, 'We value public transportation as a climate friendly choice.'

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