TransForm in the News

July 9, 2009
Transit advocates, led by a group called TransForm, have been pushing for an alternative rapid bus system to ferry passengers between BART and the airport, and they say their plan could be built at a fraction of the cost.
July 8, 2009
"Look, this Connector costs too much," say opponents.
July 8, 2009
Stuart Cohen of TransForm, an Oakland-based public transit advocacy group, joined Perata at the news conference, saying he thought it would be more prudent to develop a rapid bus service from the Coliseum station to the airport because that would only cost between $45 million and $60 million.

Impacts of Pittsburg Transit Village Plans at Center of Discussion
July 6, 2009

Although pleased with some elements of the plan, Chris Schildt, of the transportation advocacy group TransForm, is concerned about pedestrian safety. Parts of sidewalks where people walk to the station platform on Railroad Avenue are too narrow, poorly lit and not designed to scale, she said.

Schildt suggests the plan look at wider sidewalks and better lighting and design. The eBART station would have stairs and elevators on both sides of Railroad Avenue.

"There's still some room for improvement," Schildt said.

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."