September 1, 2015

Maybe you got it in your mailbox too – a shiny pamphlet from an oil industry front group warning you of “hidden gas taxes”, urging you to “protect California families.” But these are lies. And they’re threatening the passage of SB 350.

If passed, what would SB 350 actually do? For starters, it would help us reduce our statewide use of petroleum by 50% over the next 15 years. This would be a game-changer for clean air and water, healthy communities, and climate protection.

TransForm is committed to making this bill even stronger by including a focus on transportation choices to make it easier to achieve the goals of SB 350, and make our communities better, too.

We need to beat the liars and pass SB 350.


More this month: 

Bart shutdown, take 2

For the hard-working staff at BART, Labor Day weekend won’t be a restful one. From September 5 – September 7, there will be no BART service between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations as maintenance crews repair and improve the Transbay Tube. This is the second closure for maintenance in two months, but so much work still needs to be done...

Why one more BART shutdown isn't enough

Taxation without representation in Silicon Valley

It’s time to tell VTA how you want your tax dollars spent on transportation! Do you dream of safer and more convenient streets to walk and bike on? Fast, frequent, and affordable public transportation? Less traffic and cleaner air? Then come to one of our final two Envision Silicon Valley community dialogues to help shape VTA’s planned 2016 multi-billion dollar transportation funding measure.

Over 100 people have already participated in our first two meetings – now it’s your turn! Food, childcare, and translation services provided. If you can’t attend a meeting, fill out VTA's online survey.

Register to attend a meeting today

Celebrating the life of Deb Hubsmith

Two years after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Deb Hubsmith passed away on August 18, 2015. We are part of a national community mourning the loss of this compassionate, energetic, and courageous leader. Deb founded the Safe Routes to School National Partnership as well as served on TransForm’s Board of Directors for 3 years. She taught us so much and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to her.

Come celebrate Deb's life on Saturday, October 10 in Mill Valley

Celebrate - Contribute - Connect - LIVE

Sip our signature cocktail, the Climate Cooler; enjoy our light fare; and celebrate two amazing women: Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board and Vien Truong of Green For All. It's all happening on Thursday, October 29 at our 2nd LIVE Awards + Benefit! Thank you to our amazing sponsors - see their names on our registration page. 100% of all donations made will support our work in California.

Get your tickets today!

For South Central LA, a safer ride is arriving soon

In July we launched; now we have even more stories and data to share! Like how a new grant is bringing a better, safer ride to low-income Metro riders in the South Central Los Angeles community of Willowbrook. Plus you can now use the map to find all of the publicly available data from the California Climate Investments Program.

Read the story of Willowbrook, Los Angeles

It's back to school for Safe Routes

Kids aren’t the only ones excited for the first day of school...the staff of Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) can hardly sleep. They’ve spent all summer planning for another great year. If you’re fired up about safe streets for kids, get involved with SR2S by volunteering at Walk to School Day on October 7!

Read why SR2S is excited for back to school

GreenTRIP in the news

Last month, GreenTRIP was front and center as the cover story in The East Bay Express. In addition to making headlines, the GreenTRIP team has been busy increasing the number of new Bay Area housing developments that focus on people, not parking. Berrellesa Palms in Martinez, CA is one such development. Awarded GreenTRIP certification in 2009, Berrellesa Palms is now home to seniors like 90-year old Maria Nuno.

Read why Maria Nuno calls living in Berrellesa Palms "a blessing"

Displacement study predicts we're only halfway there

If you’re worried about the displacement of low-income people in the Bay Area, you haven’t seen the half of it. That’s the takeaway from the new Urban Displacement Project website, which maps the Bay Area’s affordability crisis neighborhood by neighborhood and concludes that both displacement (from lower-income neighborhoods) and exclusion (from higher income neighborhoods) are still on the rise.

Is your neighborhood at risk?

A HOT solution for Highway 101

If you’re driving anywhere in the Bay Area, chances are you’re sitting in traffic. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A new analysis shows that traffic along Highway 101 could be significantly reduced using an approach that TransForm has long advocated for: an express lane whose revenue helps fund public transportation (we call it Optimized HOT, or High-Occupancy Toll).

Learn more about this traffic-solving express lane

Bike Share in your backyard

Bay Area Bike Share is coming to a neighborhood near you! It plans to bring 7,000 bikes to San Francisco, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Jose. We worked with MTC to make sure every community can get access to this awesome service, and now it’s your turn to help with the planning. Use this map to suggest a location for bike share, and help bring bikes to the places they are most needed.

Where do you want to see bikes?