June 3, 2014

TransFrom e-news: June 3, 2014
Your monthly pass to world-class public transportation and more wonderful, walkable communities.

We have good news – there’s now proof that a powerful strategy to reduce greenhouse gas pollution is to build thousands of affordable homes near public transportation. 

TransForm’s new report, co-authored with the California Housing Partnership, is based on an analysis of a massive new statewide transportation survey.  We found that building 15,000 affordable homes near transit would yield 105,000,000 fewer miles of vehicle travel per year on our roads.  

The report, part of our initiative to connect climate and social equity solutions, is making waves in the State legislature and just in time.  Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and other leaders are now deciding on investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the state budget. 

Read the full report and tell your legislators to invest cap-and-trade funds in building more affordable homes near transit.

Onto the rest of the e-news:


Spread the word on exciting job and volunteer positions

Consider applying or share these opportunities: 

  • Full-time ClimatePlan Director.  The Director will lead a statewide network of advocacy groups working to advance sustainable, equitable communities across California. The position is based out of ClimatePlan's Oakland or Sacramento office. (ClimatePlan is fiscally sponsored by TransForm.) 
  • Full-time Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator, based out of our Oakland office. 
  • A Development Volunteer, who will work out of our Oakland office to help us engage supporters. 


California's first cap-and-trade decisions will be made by June 15

The legislature is just days away from finalizing the California budget.  TransForm and our allies are working hard to ensure the budget invests hundreds of millions in cap-and-trade funds in world-class transit, biking and walking infrastructure, affordable homes and conserving natural areas (read the latest updates on our cap-and-trade platform).  

June 15 is the last day to adopt the budget, so email your legislator today urging them to support a budget that provides Californians with the real, affordable, and low-carbon transportation choices that we need.  


Bay Area ranks too high for pedestrian traffic deaths, new report shows

The new report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, Dangerous by Design, tells a tragic story of the Bay Area.   According to the report, the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara regions have the 3rd and 4th highest rates of pedestrian deaths caused by traffic accidents in the nation.  During 2003-2012, between 27-28% percent of all traffic-related fatalities in these regions were pedestrians – this high percentage is only surpassed by the metro areas of New York and Los Angeles. 

Read the full report and then tell the U.S. Department of Transportation to get serious about transportation safety.


TransForm endorses largest transportation funding measure ever in northern California

This November, TransForm urges Alameda County voters to vote “YES” on the proposed extension and increase of the county’s transportation sales tax (a revision of 2012’s Measure BB that fell just 700 votes short).  The $7.8 billion funding plan for the next 30 years would support critical needs including: restoring previously cut bus service; starting a youth bus pass program; maintaining BART; improving bicycle and pedestrian safety; repairing roads, and investing in smart growth.  Read more about this important funding measure on our blog.


BART shouldn't make everyday riders pay for the costly Oakland Airport Connector

When BART’s $550 million Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) opens this fall, BART itself estimates that the project will lose $7-8 million during its first year and continue losing money through 2040.  We can’t let everyday BART riders, already stuffed into over-crowded cars, suffer from this.  That’s why we’ve been urging the BART Board of Directors to recover as much as they can, and set the fare for the OAC to $6.   (Note: No matter what, airport workers will continue to pay a $2 fare.)    

But some directors support a lower fare, even though it means BART loses even more money.  The final meeting where the Board will make its decision is on June 12th at 9 a.m.  Email the BART Board of Directors today to tell them that 99% of BART riders should not have to pay for a project that only 1% of BART riders will use.


A huge shout-out to the ten cyclists who raised awareness and funds for TransForm

After bicycling for 4 days through 250 miles of beautiful wine country, the TransForm “Carbon Crushers” team and 140 other riders finished the 2014 Climate Ride with a rally on the steps of our State Capitol.  This incredible team of TransForm friends and staff, powered by their feet and generous donors, raised over $30,000 to support TransForm’s work creating walkable, bikeable communities – while raising awareness about climate change, too.
Check out the 
team photo in Sacramento, consider riding with the Carbon Crushers in 2015, and make a donation today to help the team reach its goal of $35,000!  


Help us design a special edition t-shirt and you could win $250

Do you dabble in design or illustration?  Then you’ll want to get in on this chance to get creative and help us design a special edition TransForm t-shirt. Submissions are due by July 15 at 5:00 p.m., and the winning designer will win $250 and 2 t-shirts.  Learn more about the contest and how to enter.

Save the date: TransForm Bring-a-Friend events in San Francisco and Mountain View in July

Back by popular demand, we’re holding our third annual TransForm Bring-a-Friend events in San Francisco and we’re also bringing this special event to the South Bay! We hope you and your friends will join us for a fun mix-and-mingle evening as we bring TransForm fans together and introduce new friends to our movement to transform our communities and transportation.  

RSVP to join us in San Francisco on July 15th and in Mountain View on July 29th


A chance to change the way you commute with Clipper

If you use a Clipper card when navigating the Bay Area’s public transportation, you know that it could be better.  TransForm and allies around the region believe the Clipper system delivers only a fraction of its promise, and with the Clipper contract coming up for renewal this year, it’s the perfect time to advocate for Clipper to benefit more riders and provide better service.  Sign a petition to demand a better next-generation Clipper at http://aroundthebay.org/


Calendar of Events

Below are a few of the upcoming transportation-related events in the Bay Area and beyond. View all events on our website.

Parking, a temporary problem? 
June 12, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 
SPUR San Francisco

The San Francisco Transit Riders Union hosts a forum on the current state of parking in San Francisco, how it affects us, and how we can plan for the future. 

Bay Area Health in Transportation Webinar 
June 13, 10:00 am

Dawn Phillips, Program Co-Director of Causa Justa will present their new report on gentrification in the Bay Area, and discussion will focus on how to combat the displacement of low-income communities of color in the name of development. 

The Google Bus/Mountain View Connection
June 16, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Mountain View, CA

Learn about the big picture of housing and transit challenges behind the Google bus controversy, and how Mountain View can help address the problems on this side of the route.


Circulate San Diego Convening
July 1, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

San Diego, CA

Save the date for this important summit hosted by Circulate San Diego that brings together developers, cities, and leading advocates to strategize on making transit-oriented development a reality in San Diego.  TransForm Executive Director Stuart Cohen is a featured speaker.  Get more information soon at http://www.circulatesd.org/calendar/.