Investments in sustainable transportation infrastructure and affordable housing can return incredible benefits for communities. But too often, transportation decisions have harmed or disregarded the needs of low-income people, communities of color, seniors, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.
TransForm leads and supports coalitions that shape funding measures to focus on social equity and climate protection. In addition to the rewards for those who directly use new services and facilities, smarter investments create good jobs, increase access to opportunities, and improve public health and safety for everyone.
Since our founding in 1997, TransForm has helped win tens of billions of dollars for public transportation, affordable housing, safe walking and biking, road and sidewalk maintenance, and other strategies to make California more vibrant, sustainable, and affordable.
Priorities for Upcoming Elections
Advocating for an equitable regional transportation funding measure
Bay Area leaders and advocates are preparing to put a massive funding measure on the ballot in either 2020 or 2022 to raise funds regionally for transportation at a scale never before imagined. While counties often pursue their own transportation funding and planning, this is an opportunity to approach our transportation needs from a truly regional perspective.
TransForm is coordinating with a coalition of community partners and allies, Voices for Public Transportation, to ensure this measure prioritizes the needs of historically disadvantaged communities and moves us towards our climate goals by reducing driving and greenhouse gas emissions. Check out the Voices for Public Transportation vision and guiding principles.
We believe a public process is essential for developing an equitable, impactful measure that we would be excited to get behind. It is critical to elevate community voices early in the process, and ensure the development of the measure and its projects and priorities is transparent. We’re convening public and private conversations and events for stakeholders and voters to learn about the opportunities a mega measure can create, and weigh in on the process. To learn more, contact Hayley Currier.
2020 Contra Costa County Transportation Sales Tax
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is planning to place a new half-cent sales tax for transportation on the March 2020 ballot. This measure could raise $3 billion over 30 years, but input from residents and community groups is critical to make sure the funds are spent wisely and fairly.
TransForm has helped form a coalition of local community-based organizations that is urging the CCTA to commit to an equitable, sustainable transportation expenditure plan for the measure. Our complete platform is available here. It includes the following priorities, plus specific outcomes for each priority.
- Significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and commit to no new GHG and VMT-inducing projects.
- Increase funding for public transportation.
- Commit to an outcomes-oriented approach with measurable performance targets, to ensure the measure results in the greatest public benefits for every dollar spent
- Prioritize social equity and improve transportation options for all, especially those with the greatest transportation barriers, including youth, seniors, people of lower incomes, and people with disabilities.
- Commit to transparent public oversight and deep community engagement moving forward.
This coalition currently includes:
- 350 Bay Area
- Bike East Bay
- Contra Costa Citizens' Climate Lobby
- Contra Costa MoveOn
- Elders Climate Action
- Greenbelt Alliance
- Indivisible ReSisters Walnut Creek
- Monument Impact
- Orinda Progressive Action Alliance
- Save Mount Diablo
- Sunflower Alliance
- Sustainable Rossmoor
- Urban Habitat
The funding measures listed below have raised more than $45.16 billion for public transportation, affordable housing, safe walking and biking, road and sidewalk maintenance, and other strategies to make California more vibrant, sustainable, and affordable.
We’ve also supported campaigns to expand protections for renters, reform campaign finance laws, and increase the minimum wage, among other important issues not related to infrastructure spending.