TransForm in the News

March 18, 2015

Building affordable housing close to BART also has environmental benefits, according to a new study by TransForm and the California Housing Partnership Corporation. The report shows that lower-income people living near transit take public transportation more and are more likely to give up their cars than those who can afford market-rate housing.

March 9, 2015

Last weekend, I attended a presentation by GreenTRIP Policy Analyst Jennifer West at the TransForm California’s wonky Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit. West described how the GreenTRIP Parking Database challenges assumptions about parking requirements for residential developments in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 6, 2015

GreenTRIP debuted in 2008 and has certified about two dozen projects that were designed especially well to reduce physical footprints, commuter traffic and pollution by getting residents out of their cars. GreenTRIP's advisers have rewarded certified developers who have made concessions such as including long-term free public transit passes or car-sharing memberships with their apartments. Another way to earn points? Renting out parking spaces separately from units.

February 27, 2015

Millennials are making their mark on Silicon Valley, and it’s not just in the shape of a hashtag. Born between 1983 and 2000, this generation is redefining the landscape of our region with one request: more options, please.

February 26, 2015

This week Ann Cheng of the California advocacy group Transform joins me to talk about their GreenTRIP program....On the podcast she discusses how housing developers can build less parking and more housing by giving residents better travel options through GreenTRIP Certification.

February 24, 2015

“There are very entrenched interests that don’t want to see this project happen, or want to see it watered down,” says Chris Lepe, a senior community planner for the transit advocacy group, TransForm.

February 24, 2015

Shared-use mobility, like care share and bike share, could dramatically lower rents in new housing by reducing the amount of expensive parking required in new developments. That’s the message Stuart Cohen with TransForm conveyed on Live Ride Share’s panel on integrating shared mobility into land use and housing. 

February 9, 2015

Jeff Hobson, deputy director of TransForm, an Oakland transportation advocacy group, said a per-mile charge could also be used as a traffic-management tool with charges increasing during the busiest times of day and falling along with traffic congestion.

February 1, 2015

Joel Ramos, regional planning director for the mass transit advocacy nonprofit TransForm and a board member of Muni, said many families simply cannot use public transit to get their children to school.

January 28, 2015

TransForm’s new platinum-level certification is a step up, based on one development that was able to scrap its $2.3 million garage entirely. According to Ann Cheng, GreenTRIP program developer, the certification acts like a political endorsement.

January 21, 2015

“The app world is filling in all the gaps in under-used assets and parking spaces are no exception,” says Ann Cheng with TransForm...To Cheng, the emergence of these technologies speaks to a cultural trend away from cars. After all, she says, millennials’ transit preferences are officially mainstream. 

January 21, 2015

Among the objections to this chosen method were several comments that pointed out that the model creates incentives to build only for the higher end of the low-income market. “Building for extremely low-income households would have a higher impact on greenhouse gas reductions because they have the lowest carbon footprint,” said Megan Kirkeby of the California Housing Partnership. Stuart Cohen of TransForm agreed, saying that the data used for the model is already outdated.

January 13, 2015

TransForm's Jeff Hobson: "We need to use our existing infrastructure better because that's the cheapest way of serving more people  - the most cost effective way of serving more people. we also need to make sure that where the region is expanding, where we have more people living on the edges of the region, that we're serving those people in the most cost effective way..."

January 9, 2015

State sustainable transportation advocates are cautiously optimistic about the preliminary budget, at least in its summary form. “This budget shows that we can solve our climate problems while lifting up our most vulnerable communities,” according to a statement by Josh Stark of TransForm.

January 5, 2015

Meanwhile [Chris] Lepe said participants in public meetings on the BRT proposal had included disproportionately fewer people who were young, low-income, recent immigrants or people of color compared with the actual demographics of the cities involved.