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.
Jeff Hobson, deputy director of transit advocacy group Transform, says that to make a credible argument to voters, BART needs to demonstrate the urgency of its needs and to show that it’s been spending money wisely. Transform has been a consistent critic of BART — for instance, questioning what it has described as the slow progress of upgrading its rolling stock and train control system.
The BART board should put a funding measure on the 2016 ballot. And it shouldn’t skimp on the request. If BART goes big on the ballot in 2016, this funding measure can revitalize the backbone of our region’s transportation network with the much-needed repairs, maintenance and care that it so desperately needs — and that we all deserve. The board is proposing a property tax measure to put before voters in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties for a $4.5 billion bond.
Developers and city planners who opposed the moratorium believed it would have a chilling effect, and argued that it’s not the city’s job to legislate more three- and four-bedroom apartments into existence. Former El Cerrito Mayor Ann Cheng, who now serves as a program director at the transportation policy group TransForm, called the moratorium a “bull in the china shop” approach.
Can you hear that crack of the bat? Can you smell the popcorn and hot dogs? Are you even more frustrated riding the N-Judah anytime after 4 p.m. on a weekday? These are all indicators that baseball season has arrived. The good folks at TransForm are celebrating in a rather unique way...
At TransForm we really believe that you can't get ahead in life if you can't get around. And that means dealing with the reality that we have currently a bifurcated system, where there are people who can afford to drive everywhere...and then there are those who have to take transit, even if it's unreliable or not coming when you want it to come, or walk or bike to your destination. The reality is that people want options, and these new services signal the need for provision of options, and that people currently can't rely on the existing transportation network.