TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. We build diverse coalitions, influence policy and develop innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.
TransForm believes that: 1. All people deserve affordable, safe, and easy access to jobs, services, and nature on foot, bicycle, or public transportation; 2. People should play a central role in shaping and transforming the future of their communities; 3. Communities can become healthier and more vibrant while also nurturing the diversity and inclusion of existing residents, rather than causing displacement; 4. Growth should be directed towards existing developed areas, not our precious remaining open space; 5. We can only achieve our mission by working with people from a wide range of backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives.
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transform, public transportation, bay area, walkable communities
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436 14th Street Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612 USA
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How does this organization make a difference?
By combining high-quality policy analysis with coalition building and strategic media efforts, TransForm has become a powerful voice for world class transit and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. TransForm is based in Oakland, California and has two satellite offices in Sacramento and San Jose to focus on reforming state transportation policy and implementing several key South Bay transportation programs, respectively.
TransForm co-founded and fiscally sponsors the Great Communities Collaborative. Made up of five regional non-profits, two community foundations, and over 20 community organizations, the Collaborative is engaging Bay Area communities in planning for sustainable, equitable development near transit. In 2007, TransForm co-founded ClimatePlan, a statewide network promoting smart land use and transportation as critical components of California's climate strategy. TransForm is now hosting Transportation for America’s (T4A) California Coordinator (T4A is a national coalition to transform and reform federal transportation policy.)
TransForm also coordinates the Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Partnership, which is now in 70 schools in the county. Its proven approach to getting more kids walking and biking safely to school is leading the way as an urban SR2S model. TravelChoice provides residents with tailored transportation information about their transit, walking and bicycling options, and TravelChoice New Residents is expanding this approach by creating a more intensive program focused on residents of new transit-oriented developments. In addition, TransForm launched GreenTRIP: the Traffic Reduction and Innovative Parking Program in 2008, which certifies and promotes new transit-oriented developments with exemplary programs promoting the use of alternative transportation and reducing excessive parking. Given the transformative nature of GreenTRIP, TransForm and its Executive Director were honored to receive a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
TransForm is recognized nationally, with awards from Senator Barbara Boxer, former State Senator Don Perata, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Association of Nonprofits, and others. TransForm was named a top Bay Area nonprofit organization working on climate change by Philantropedia in April 2010.
What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
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World Class Transportation - Regional
Using a blend of community engagement, policy development and coalition building, TransForm has helped shape and pass funding measures that have allocated literally billions of dollars in support of public transportation, smart growth, affordable housing and bicycle/pedestrian safety.
These included transportation measures in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties, as well as a leading role in developing and helping to pass Regional Measure 2, a one-dollar bridge toll increase to fund public transit that was ultimately approved by voters in 2004.
To realize our vision, TransForm is focused on achieving world-class public transportation in the Bay Area. This includes ensuring Plan Bay Area, our regional transportation and land use planning blueprint, brings more affordable, walkable communities to the Bay Area while reducing greenhouse gas pollution and meeting other equity, health, and safety targets.
By achieving world-class transportation in the Bay Area, we can realize the following outcomes by 2035:
1) Transit ridership will double to 12% (3.5 million daily trips);
2) Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will drop below 1990 levels and our air will be healthier to breathe with 45% fewer coarse particulates thanks to reduced per capita driving, cleaner cars and better fuels;
3)Low-income families will be able to reach over 80% more jobs within a 30-minute transit trip, and reduce their combined transportation and housing costs by 10%.
GreenTRIP is an innovative certification program that rewards multi-family, mixed-use projects that apply comprehensive strategies to reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. Projects meeting GreenTRIP certification criteria provide appropriate amounts of parking and incentives for new residents to drive less and own fewer vehicles. By creating less driving and using less land for parking spaces, there’s space freed up for services, shops and more affordable homes.
As people move into GreenTRIP-certified developments, we are predicting impressive environmental and social outcomes including dramatically fewer miles of driving per day than the regional average, lower car ownership rates, and a new definition of affordable living that bring families savings on car ownership, free transit and carshare memberships. The first five GreenTRIP projects led to developers voluntarily offering to provide of 80,000 years of free transit passes and 24,000 years of CarShare for residents of GreenTRIP buildings.
Our new GreenTRIP Connect initiative will provide groundbreaking tools, data, and community engagement to overcome some of the greatest obstacles to well-designed development near transit such as requirements for excessive parking. The goal is to dramatically increase the supply of homes affordable to all incomes, pair those with free transit passes, car-sharing and more to create a new paradigm of affordable, low-carbon development.
Land Use Planning
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Great Communities Collaborative
We can make great communities come to life by involving a wide range of people in local land use planning processes.
That's because when planning involves the people impacted by new development, amazing things happen. New development doesn't just build houses, condos, and apartments. It creates space for parks, libraries, childcare, and health facilities. It supports local businesses and diversity. It builds community in the truest sense of the word. And together, great communities make the entire region more sustainable and livable.
In comes the Great Communities Collaborative. Over 50 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area have identified areas where they plan to refocus growth around public transportation stations and existing downtowns. Meanwhile, dozens of new rails stations and Bus Rapid Transit corridors will open over the next decade. Together, these opportunities offer a chance to significantly shape land use planning and achieve countless local and regional benefits.
The Great Communities Collaborative was established to make the most of these opportunities by engaging people - particularly low-income people and people of color - in local land use planning so they can shape future growth and create great communities.
TransForm coordinates the Great Communities Collaborative, which includes Greenbelt Alliance, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Reconnecting America, Urban Habitat, San Francisco Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and numerous local groups. These groups work in key locations around the Bay Area. For more information, visit http://greatcommunities.org.
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Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County
Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) is a proven, comprehensive program to encourage more children to walk and bike to school and beyond. SR2S reduces traffic around schools, improves air quality, saves families money, fosters a stronger sense of community, and most importantly, increases physical activity. Walking and bicycling to school can provide an important part of the hour per day of exercise children need.
TransForm continues to lead the school-based programming for one of the largest and most successful Safe Routes to Schools programs in the country, now serving close to tens of thousands of students at 100 public schools. To learn about the Program, go to the official website at http://www.alamedacountysr2s.org/.
We offer tailor-made trainings and consulting services with experts who have successfully worked in all kinds of elementary and middle schools. We also provide ready to use materials, templates, and curriculum. Trainings and consulting are offered on a fee-for-service basis.
TransForm's Safe Routes to Schools Director Nora Cody has trained and mentored many nearby Safe Routes to Schools efforts, including in San Francisco, Contra Costa County, Humboldt County, Sonoma County, and San Mateo counties.
The Safe Routes to Schools Program is funded in part with a major grant from Measure B (Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax) administered by ACTC.
1) Served over 25,000 students at public schools in Alameda County.
2) Brought educational assemblies on pedestrian and bicycle safety to over 20,000 students at more than 25 schools in Alameda County.
3) Provided bicycle safety trainings to over 1,000 students.
4) Conducted audits of the areas surrounding 10 schools in order to determine what types of safety improvements were needed for children.
5) Led the way as an urban SRS2 model and spurred the MTC to allocate $17 million to bring Safe Routes programs to each Bay Area County.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
TransForm is a proven advocate: we've delivered literally billions of dollars and groundbreaking policies in support of public transportation, smart growth, affordable housing and bicycle/pedestrian safety. TransForm seeks programattic support each year from various funding sources, and we would be happy to discuss our current needs in your specific interest area. Another way you can help make TransForm an even stronger advocate is with a donation to the Advocates’ Fund. The Advocates’ Fund will help ensure we have the flexibility and resources to respond and win on urgent, high-impact advocacy opportunities. Funds will provide core support for TransForm, thereby allowing us to direct dollars to the areas of greatest need and urgency, enabling us to seize the incredible opportunities over the next few years and usher in a new era of smart growth and sustainable transportation for the Bay Area and California.
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Stuart Cohen is co-founder and President of TransForm. By combining high-quality policy analysis with coalition building and strategic media efforts, TransForm has become a powerful and effective voice for world class transit and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond.
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Term: Dec 2014 - Nov 2015
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