This report quantifies the climate and affordability benefits of potential future development at several BART stations, with wider implications for housing development near transit everywhere. Not overbuilding parking is a key strategy to maximize the potential of transit-oriented development.
TransForm's project team for our Mobility Hubs in Affordable Housing Pilot Project produced a Community Transportation Needs Assessment Report to document the needs assessment process in detail, summarize key findings, and share lessons learned. This report can serve as a helpful resource for other organizations considering conducting a transportation needs assessment in their own communities.
Over the course of a year, TransForm collaborated with a team of equity advisors to inform the development of Remix Explore, the software tool transportation planners use to learn about the communities they serve. This project brief illustrates both how data innovation can help planners achieve equitable outcomes AND how advocates can inform innovation and planning efforts.
ReX would make it easier for millions of residents to get around the region on transit. It is designed to connect the Bay Area’s transit systems, minimize travel times and wait times, and broaden access to regional rapid transit service.
As Silicon Valley's economic growth has soared, cities have failed to build the housing needed, leading to record traffic delays. This report, published jointly by the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County and TransForm, shows how the housing crisis is inextricably linked to our traffic and transportation woes, with recommendations for how to address both.
After leading a series of community engagement workshops in East and West Oakland, we collected critical feedback from Oakland residents about the upcoming expansion of bike and car share in the East Bay. This report describes the context of planning decisions in Oakland, and offers recommendations to bring the benefits of shared mobility services to the people who need them most.
In its first two rounds of investments, the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program has funded developments that will make significant contributions toward improving the state’s climate while also supporting affordable housing and transit infrastructure in underserved communities.
Within the first two years of its implementation, the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) is already contributing to the creation of a better public transit system statewide and, with improvements, can maximize its benefits for all Californians. The purpose of this report is to assess whether and how transit service and capital projects funded by the LCTOP could meet the goals of the program to reduce GHG emissions and enhance transit mobility, in particular for residents of disadvantaged communities and low-income populations.
New mobility technologies make change and disruption of the transportation network inevitable, but worsening inequality doesn’t have to be. We can harness innovation to create a more equitable, sustainable transportation system and begin to address the injustices of the status quo. This paper gives an overview of key obstacles to successfully achieving this vision. It then provides a framework for evaluating the social equity impacts of new mobility projects and programs, and several recommendations to ensure new mobility does more good than harm.
There are many compelling reasons to consider building a second transbay rail crossing: more frequent and reliable transit service across the bay would improve mobility for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and offer low-income and transit-reliant people more connections to opportunity. But the benefits of a second transbay crossing are not guaranteed for everyone. Regional leaders and transit agencies need to start thinking now about the social equity implications of this mega-project on low-income and communities of color, so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
On June 2nd, the VTA Board of Directors will vote on a spending plan for a transportation funding measure for Santa Clara County. If approved, the half-cent sales tax measure will be on the November 2016 ballot and will need a ⅔ supermajority of voters to pass. The measure would generate approximately $6.3 billion over 30 years. An alternative funding scenario developed by TransForm, with more funding for local transit and active transportation projects, performed far better than VTA’s draft funding proposal, including over 90 times the VMT reduction benefits and four times the CO2 reduction benefits.