TransForm in the News

April 13, 2009
"It's impossible to address a green agenda without funding transit operations," said TransForm's Nick Caston.
March 30, 2009
"It's hard to see how we can be serious about setting regional targets for reducing driving, without knowing how much driving is really taking place," [said TransForm's Carli Paine.]  "This bill would provide a significant boost to our efforts to curb global warming pollution associated with driving and land use."
March 12, 2009
"It's a disgrace that a transit agency serving predominantly low-income and working class people has to raise fares in the middle of an economic crisis. But, the state's repeated raid of dedicated transit funds have made fare hikes an inevitability for AC Transit and for public transportation agencies across California," said Carli Paine, the transportation program director at Transform.
Boy's death, girl's injury have Berkeley focused on street safety
March 9, 2009
"It's sad that it takes tragedy like this to get everybody focused on safety," said [TransForm's Nora] Cody, whose program works with 50 schools in Alameda County.
February 27, 2009

"Gutting public transportation funding is a new low for the state," Paine said. "With the state's commitment to reducing global warming pollution and the growing demand for public transportation, there's a mandate to make sure that transit is well funded."

February 25, 2009

A plan to use $70 million of the stimulus money to build a three-mile BART extension from the Coliseum Station to the Oakland International Airport drew protests.... "We don't need star trek to the airport," said Transform Executive Director Stuart Cohen.

January 19, 2009

Public transportation is far more than a social service for people without cars. The truth is that buses, trains, and ferries are an integral component of local and regional economies – and must be central to the Obama administration's economic recovery package.

Transportation funding being rerouted
January 16, 2009

Safe Route to Schools, spearheaded by Oakland-based TransForm, shows parents and children ways to safely navigate busy streets.... [S]ince the program began two years ago, 40 elementary and 10 middle schools — including ones in Castro Valley, Cherryland and San Leandro — now participate.

Walking School Bus provides elementary kids with safe routes
December 26, 2008

Susan Silber, education coordinator at TransForm, a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of public transportation and building of walkable communities, helps lead the Safe Routes to School program. Parents just need to be reminded of the benefits of walking to school, she said.

"The kids get more exercise when they're walking. Environmentally, it's a great way to reduce our carbon footprint, and it reduces traffic in the morning," she said. "It's also great community-building. It's like a play date before or after school. The kids have a great time with each other. Parents tell me, 'I enjoy this just as much as the kids.'"

December 11, 2008
One non-profit that sticks up for public transit in the county, TransForm, has filed a "friend of the court" brief in a case that is trying to restore public transit funding. The suit is over transit money authorized by Proposition 116.
October 29, 2008
The transportation experts also agree SMART is a good plan, and Transportation Authority of Marin, Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) and Sonoma County Transportation Authority all endorse measure Q.
October 23, 2008
It's especially lamentable because all those new riders are poised to become mass transit converts. But now, crowded buses and fare hikes could send them back to their cars." This is going to mean more people out there on the road, driving, creating more congestion for everybody and keeping transportation as our No. 1 source of global warming pollution," says Stuart Cohen, executive director of Transportation and Land Use Coalition...
October 22, 2008 long as politicians choose to fund wasteful projects such as a fourth bore in the Caldecott Tunnel and transferring $4 billion from transit agencies to close California budget deficits accruing since 2000. "Our leaders need to be putting our money where our collective mouth is and stop raiding these funds," Carli Paine, transportation program director for Transportation and Land Use Coalition, told us. "I'm hopeful, but I think we all need to do more."
Prop 1A: High-speed rail would connect SD and SF
October 15, 2008
California High-Speed Rail would help achieve California's greenhouse gas reduction goals by replacing car and airplane trips with rail trips, said Stuart Cohen, executive director of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, in a written statement.
September 30, 2008
In the Sierra Club's statement of endorsement for the bill, authored by Stuart Cohen of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, the group cited various environmental and economic potential benefits for the plan.