January 6, 2015

TransForm e-news: January 6, 2015
Your monthly pass to world-class public transportation and more wonderful, walkable communities. 

Thanks to our many supporters, we surpassed our Campaign to Connect California goal! Eight weeks ago we set out to raise fifty thousand dollars for 2015. Hundreds of supporters came forward to generously give us the funding we need to connect our communities with transportation that works well for everyone, no matter where you live, where you’re going, or how you get there. 

As we get ready to take on all that 2015 brings, it’s not too late for you to help us build a more connected California. Make your 2015 gift today and help us be the best advocates we can be for sustainable and equitable transportation in the Bay Area and California.

From all of us at TransForm, Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!

Onto the rest of the e-news:

The five things we'll remember about 2014

2014 was an incredible year for us at TransForm, from tremendous wins on local ballot measures to major state reforms. As we roll into 2015, we are inspired and motivated by this momentum, and ready to keep working hard to make California a better and more fair place for all to get around and live.

Read Executive Director Stuart Cohen’s blog post on the five things he’ll remember about 2014.

Transform our transportation system, Governor? Absolutely!

At his historic fourth inauguration yesterday, Governor Brown called for dramatic action to curb climate change, including a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by cars and trucks by 2040.  “All of this is a very tall order,” said the Governor.  “It means that we continue to transform our electrical grid, our transportation system, and even our communities.”

Transforming our transportation system and our communities?  That’s what TransForm has been all about for nearly two decades!  So count us in, Governor – and if you don’t mind, we’ve got some great ideas for state policies to give Californians more affordable transportation choices and less climate pollution.

Check out our state legislative priorities for 2015, and contact Josh Stark for more details on how to get involved.

Jumpstart your New Year's resolution with Climate Ride 2015

If your New Year’s resolution involves getting outdoors, having fun, making the world a better place, and/or dusting off your unused bike seat, Climate Ride 2015 is for you! This five-day fully-supported bike ride raises money for TransForm and climate protection while you get to pedal through redwoods and along the breathtaking California coast from Eureka to San Francisco.

If you want to learn more about the Climate Ride and TransForm’s team, the Carbon Crushers, join us on Tuesday, January 13 for a Brown Bag Info session.  Please contact Sara Marcellino with questions, or just stop by our Oakland office with your lunch.  

Make 2015 a Year of Action: join us at the CA Transportation Choices Summit in April

Be a part of the movement to create a greener, more equitable future in 2015 by coming to the fourth annual California Transportation Choices Summit on April 27 in Sacramento. Join us for a day of learning, connecting, and strategizing as you hear from inspiring keynote Manuel Pastor, and meet diverse leaders, planners, and community activists from around the state.  On April 28 there is an optional advocacy day where you can meet with your legislators at the State Capitol.

Register now. Sliding scale pricing and travel grants available; apply today.

Join our staff: we're hiring!

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity in the New Year, look no further! TransForm currently has two job openings in our Oakland office: We’re also hiring a Summit & Advocacy Day Event Planner to work in our Sacramento office (or travel to Sacramento frequently).
Check out our Jobs page for more information, and share this information with anyone who you look would be interested. If that person is you, apply now! 

The vote is in, and Bus Rapid Transit is coming to Oakland

The East Bay deserves great public transportation, and now, it’s getting it. After more than eight years of working with city officials, local businesses, residents, transit riders, and transit agencies, we are thrilled to announce that the City of Oakland voted YES on the final decision to break ground on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). 

Read about the long road to bring BRT to Oakland, and what you can look forward to when it opens in 2017.

Two more weeks to support Bus Rapid Transit in Silicon Valley

If you walk, bike, take the bus, or drive on El Camino Real, you know that it needs some serious TLC. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along this corridor would make riding the bus faster than driving a car, make walking and biking safer, and improve the quality of life of people living, working, and traveling along El Camino Real.

The deadline to submit your official comments telling the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and your City Councilmembers to support VTA is January 14 –  two weeks away. Take action now to help bring BRT to Silicon Valley.

Don't miss Early Bird registration for Let's Get Moving Summit 2015

The Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit is just three months away, and you don’t want to miss this year’s conference! From the chance to meet with public officials and community leaders across the South Bay, to interactive workshops on planning and transportation, there’s something for everyone who wants to make a difference in their communities. Deadline to submit co-sponsorship and session proposals is January 9. Please contact Chris Lepe for more information.

Early Bird registration ends January 15, so save your spot and register today!

What San Diego can - and should - do to fix its transportation plan

Right before Thanksgiving, we wrote about the momentous court decision against SANDAG, San Diego’s regional transportation and planning agency.   A few days later, SANDAG voted to appeal the ruling, wasting a huge opportunity to turn around San Diego’s climate future. In a piece published by the Voice of San Diego, TransForm’s Executive Director Stuart Cohen  proposes some ways that SANDAG can change its course and truly create a truly sustainable, affordable future for all San Diegans.  

Making carsharing fair more fair in Oakland

In some areas of Oakland, there are plenty of options for getting around, including using one of the many carsharing services that have popped up around town. But for the majority of Oakland residents who don’t live in the dense, wealthier parts of the city, the options are limited - or don’t exist at all.

That’s why we are launching a new pilot program to bring carsharing to East Oakland. Working in partnership with the City of Oakland, our program aims to give people more options to get around, reduce their transportation costs, and increase people’s access to opportunities in places.  Because when we can easily and affordably get around, we can get ahead.  

Read our blog for more on what we are doing to make carsharing more fair.

Calendar of events
Visit TransForm’s events webpage frequently for details on transportation-related events in the Bay Area and beyond.

Safe Routes to School from a Tribal Perspective
January 9, 10:00 a.m.
Online webinar

The Safe Routes to School (SR2S) National Partnership California Network will host this free webinar as an introduction to SRTS from a tribal perspective, including new resources for tribes and an overview of California's Active Transportation Program. Register online.
Jeff Hobson on KQED’s “Boomtown” series
January 13, 6:20 a.m. & 8:20 a.m.
88.5 KQED Radio

Tune into KQED 88.5 on Tuesday, January 13 to hear TransForm Deputy Director Jeff Hobson on KQED's new series, "Boomtown". The show tackles topics related to the Bay Area's economic boom. Catch the show on the air at 88.5 or online.
14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference 
January 29 - February 1
Baltimore, MD

The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, focused training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. Check out the conference brochure and register online. 

“Does Land Use Matter?”: Planning and Conservation League Annual Symposium
February 21, 9:00 a.m.
UC Davis, CA

This symposium brings together about 200 of California’s thinkers and leaders to explore land use policy implications in a wide range of areas, including the new impacts of Cap & Trade funding on housing, transportation, and disadvantaged communities.  Register online.