All TransForm Reports

Title Year Published Short Description
OakMob 101: A Case Study in Expanding Access to Shared Mobility 2017 After leading a series of community engagement workshops in East and West Oakland, we collected critical feedback from Oakland residents about the upcoming expansion of bike and car share in the East Bay. This report describes the context of planning decisions in Oakland, and offers recommendations to bring the benefits of shared mobility services to the people who need them most.
A Framework for Equity in New Mobility 2017 New mobility technologies make change and disruption of the transportation network inevitable, but worsening inequality doesn’t have to be. We can harness innovation to create a more equitable, sustainable transportation system and begin to address the injustices of the status quo. This paper gives an overview of key obstacles to successfully achieving this vision. It then provides a framework for evaluating the social equity impacts of new mobility projects and programs, and several recommendations to ensure new mobility does more good than harm.
The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program: Collaborative Investments to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Strengthen Disadvantaged Communities 2017 In its first two rounds of investments, the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program has funded developments that will make significant contributions toward improving the state’s climate while also supporting affordable housing and transit infrastructure in underserved communities.
Crossing Together — Equity considerations for a second transbay crossing 2017 There are many compelling reasons to consider building a second transbay rail crossing: more frequent and reliable transit service across the bay would improve mobility for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and offer low-income and transit-reliant people more connections to opportunity. But the benefits of a second transbay crossing are not guaranteed for everyone. Regional leaders and transit agencies need to start thinking now about the social equity implications of this mega-project on low-income and communities of color, so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Can We Advance Social Equity with Shared, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles? 2016 A future with shared, electric autonomous vehicles holds many promises. But without an intentional focus on equity, it may exacerbate existing barriers and increase inequality. Policymakers must consider not only how to deploy this technology quickly and safely, but also how it can be used to improve the lives of those who need it most.
Investing in Mobility and Equity 2016 Within the first two years of its implementation, the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) is already contributing to the creation of a better public transit system statewide and, with improvements, can maximize its benefits for all Californians. The purpose of this report is to assess whether and how transit service and capital projects funded by the LCTOP could meet the goals of the program to reduce GHG emissions and enhance transit mobility, in particular for residents of disadvantaged communities and low-income populations.
Cutting Carbon As Well As Commutes 2016 On June 2nd, the VTA Board of Directors will vote on a spending plan for a transportation funding measure for Santa Clara County. If approved, the half-cent sales tax measure will be on the November 2016 ballot and will need a ⅔ supermajority of voters to pass. The measure would generate approximately $6.3 billion over 30 years. An alternative funding scenario developed by TransForm, with more funding for local transit and active transportation projects, performed far better than VTA’s draft funding proposal, including over 90 times the VMT reduction benefits and four times the CO2 reduction benefits.
Guide to Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Program Designs, Expenditures, and Benefits for Disadvantaged Communities 2015 TransForm's State Cap-and-Trade Campaign Manager, Ryan Wiggins, edited this report on how to navigate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund funded programs, focusing on those most targeted to benefit disadvantaged categories.
TransNet Today: Keeping faith with the voters while achieving the region’s transportation goals 2015 As SANDAG makes its plans to invest in the future of San Diego’s transportation system, it must redefine its vision for San Diego’s transportation system to align with California’s increasingly ambitious GHG reduction goals, and set regional goals for improving health, equity, and the economy.
Why Creating and Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit is a Highly Effective Climate Protection Strategy 2014 California is currently debating how to invest greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade auction proceeds so that they result in real, quantifiable and verifiable greenhouse gas reductions.
Innovation Required: Moving More People with Less Traffic 2013 This report proposes that San Mateo County study Optimized HOT lanes as a strategy on Highway 101 that will make the best use of highway lanes, reduce traffic, and fund an expansion of public transit, vanpools, and other transit alternatives that are affordable and accessible to all. With state approval, an Optimized HOT lane network would not only address San Mateo County’s traffic problem, but also set an important model for the entire Bay Area to follow.
Moving People, Not Just Cars 2013 Moving People, Not Just Cars is a detailed analysis of MTC’s proposed Express Lane Network and how it compares to practices in regions around the country, and shows how MTC can prioritize choice, equity, and innovation to move more people for less money, make connections sooner, and invest in public transit and other long-term solutions.
Moving Ahead with High Speed Rail 2012 California has an opportunity to revolutionize its transportation system through high speed rail, but planning has been fraught with problems. TransForm's report analyzes the April 2012 Revised Business Plan for high speed rail, urges California to move ahead with the first construction segment and provides key recommendations to make sure we do it right. The consequences of not building high speed rail are real: Californians may ultimately spend significantly more money than high speed rail will cost in order to widen highways and expand airports – with negative environmental and health impacts.
Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans 2012 Regional Transportation Plans are an incredible opportunity to shape transportation and the built environment. How can we make sure the billions of dollars of transportation funding in these plans create positive health outcomes? This guide is intended for public health professionals as well as local government officials, transportation planners and others who want to engage in developing plans that promote better health and increasing access to opportunities for disadvantaged communities.
San Diego and SB 375: Lessons from California's first Sustainable Communities Strategy 2011 A comprehensive look at California's first Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), approved by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
Transportation Planning: An Overview for Public Health Advocates 2011 This fact sheet discusses the important link between transportation planning and health, describes the key players and processes of local and regional transportation planning, and suggests steps you can take to advocate effectively for healthier transportation policies.
Merchant Perspectives on Bus Rapid Transit 2010 In the spring of 2010, TransForm surveyed 217 merchants along the Alum Rock corridor about the proposed BRT service. This report summarizes our findings.
Oakland Airport Connector Options Analysis 2010 This report provides an updated and expanded analysis of options for the Oakland Airport Connector. The intent of this report is to inform current discussions on the Oakland Airport Connector through a valid comparison of the four key modal options.
Windfall for All 2009 How Connected, Convenient Neighborhoods Can Protect Our Climate and Safeguard California's Economy
Bringing Safe Routes to Scale 2008 This report estimates that investing in Safe Routes to Schools infrastructure, education, and encouragement projects region-wide would result in up to 110 million fewer miles traveled every year by Bay Area vehicles.
Great Communities Toolkit 2008 This frequently-updated toolkit helps you to take on a step-by-step process for understanding development near transit and engaging the community. Includes great sample fact sheets, how to run a campaign, and more.
Priorities for Access to Health 2006 Results of TransForm's pilot project in the Monument Corridor (Contra Costa County). It chronicles some remarkable successes and some areas where new funding sources are still needed.
Safe Routes for the Mayfair Community 2005 This report lays out in great detail the specific projects that will increase bicycle and pedestrian safety in the Downtown/East Valley (DTEV) corridor, which runs along Alum Rock Avenue and Santa Clara Street between East and Downtown San Jose corridor, and the amenities and services that community members want at and near the stations.
Access Now! 2004 Inadequate transportation is a major barrier to accessing jobs, education, child care, and health care. This comprehensive guide can help communities throughout the Bay Area to win safer streets and better transit.
¡Acceso Ahora! 2004 Spanish version of Access Now! guide.
It Takes a Transit Village 2004 How better regional planning, and designing new development to truly support transit can save the Bay Area billions of dollars and ease the housing shortage.
Cutting Transit, Terminating the Economy 2004 This report quantified the economic and social impacts of Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed 2004 transit cuts. Contains a useful methodology for future funding battles.
Cleaning the Air, Growing Smarter 2003 Contra Costa County residents are being exposed to a dangerous - and growing - air pollution threat: particulate matter. This report describes how the only way to reduce reentrained road dust is to reduce driving.
Can't Get There From Here 2003 Report about how California's transportation system is failing children and youth, and what we can do about it.
Best and Worst Developments of the Bay Area 2003 Nine counties and eighteen projects help demonstrate what makes smart growth smart.
Revolutionizing Bay Area Transit...on a Budget 2002 Outlines a Bus Rapid Transit network that will provide the fastest, lowest-cost way to dramatically improve the speed and quality of public transit in the Bay Area.
Housing Shortage/Parking Surplus 2002 Lays out Silicon Valley's opportunity to address housing needs and transportation problems with innovative parking policies.
Roadblocks to Health 2002 An analysis of transportation barriers faced by low-income communities in accessing health services and healthy activities in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. With recommendations.
Overextended 2001 The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has announced that a "Regional Transit Expansion Policy" (RTEP) for the Bay Area will be developed by August 2001. BART to San Jose is being touted as a likely priority project with a price tag of $3.8 billion.
World Class Transit for the Bay Area 2000 TransForm's seminal report.
Warning Signs 1999 Laid out TransForm's campaign for a Regional Smart Growth Vision, and the Regional Coalition's original platform of recommendations.
Getting On the Right Track 1998 An old but useful report that dispels myths about transportation, with a very readable Question and Answer section in the first chapter.
Downward Mobility 1998 Describes how intensive suburban Bay Area job growth will exacerbate congestion and reduce job accessibility.