TransForm, an independent non-profit, has launched a compelling tool attempting to show the scope of these investments. At a website titled ClimateBenefitsCA they’ve put together an interactive map, locating and detailing projects all around the state that are advancing cleaner, greener, and more affordable communities across California.
TransForm, a nonprofit that advocates for rational transportation and land use policies, just unveiled a searchable online map to track investments from California’s cap-and-trade program. The Climate Benefits Map, currently in beta form, will eventually collect all the data available about the various programs and projects funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and make it available for the public to peruse.
“No one in charge, at least in the past, had the foresight to say the reality is the system needs investment” in ongoing maintenance and upgrades, said Joel Ramos, Bay Area regional planning director at TransForm, an Oakland-based nonprofit that’s pushing for more public transit funding and more accountability on how those funds are spent.
"BART is 43. It's like a middle aged person with aching knees and a creaky back," said Jeff Hobson, acting executive director of the Oakland-based TransForm. "Its parts need to be replaced."
Breathe California is the lung health organization for California. Our weekly TV show runs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Comcast channel 15 in San Jose/Campbell. Yesterday, we recorded Chris Lepe of TransForm, discussing their Bay Area wide Clean Air Award, as well as their ongoing role in encouraging walking, cycling, and mass transit.
Representatives from the California Bicycle Coalition and TransForm urged committee members to keep in mind that highway funding is directly related to other, equally important, concerns. Josh Stark of TransForm reminded them that “transportation is a vital component in tackling future climate change.”
Chris Lepe, de la organización TransForm y Carlos Velazquez de la Coalición de Ciclistas del Silicon Valley hablan sobre el transporte asequible en el noticiero Telemundo 48.
But according to a 2013 report from Kott and TransForm called “Innovation Required: Moving More People with Less Traffic,” converting existing lanes to express lanes would move 75 percent more people on 101 using 10 percent fewer vehicles, at far less cost, compared to building new, un-tolled carpool lanes.
“We need to make sure that more people can live close to transit,” says Jeff Hobson of the transportation advocacy group TransForm. “This is a tough place to drive to and to park to. It's a lot more sensible of a place to walk or bike or take transit to.
Beall believes that large projects give “more bang for the buck” in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. But others dispute that view. Josh Stark of TransForm points to a study conducted by the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Council [PDF] that showed that large capital projects don’t necessarily perform better than smaller projects when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
BART officials are considering putting a bond measure on the 2016 ballot in three Bay Area counties to help pay for the upgrades. The transit advocacy group, TransForm, has been encouraging BART to ask for a billion dollars.
In its landmark 25th year, Breathe California’s CLEAN AIR AWARDS recognized nine Bay Area innovators using effective strategies to address climate change, air quality, and lung health.
Transit advocates want BART to put a measure on the ballot that would ask for a billion dollars in upgrades.
Chris Lepe, a planner for the transportation advocacy nonprofit TransForm, also sees cycling as a way to address the yawning gap between rich and poor in Silicon Valley. “We’re trying to help people reduce the cost of living,” says Lepe, an East Side native who for years relied on a $60 garage sale road bike as his primary vehicle.
TransForm State Policy Director Josh Stark issued a statement applauding the Governor’s announcement. TransForm’s statement included a reminder that “transportation – the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in California – must be front and center in the state’s climate efforts.