Category News&Updates

Well Fargo Grant to Transportation Choices

Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute received a $40.250 grant from Wells Fargo to fund scholarships for sixteen students for four mentors, including Transportation Choices Principal and Vice President Dr. Joseph Kott, to attend World Energy Innovation Forum 2016 on May 4th and 5th at Tesla Motors in Fremont, California. The Forum featured some of today’s most influential thought leaders in sustainable energy and transportation, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and former US Energy Secretary Stephen Chu. For more information on this conference, visit

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Transportation Choices Principal Presents on SB 743 at Silicon Valley Transportation Summit

Transportation Choices Principal and Vice-President Dr. Joseph Kott presented on Saturday, May 7th at Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley! 2016 Summit on the topic of California’s effort in SB 743 to transform traffic impact analysis under CEQA to support sustainable transportation goals. The Summit, organized by the Bay Area transportation and land use reform group Transform, took place at the Microsoft  campus in Mountain View, CA.

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Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Board of Directors Elections

Congratulations to Yoriko Kishimoto on her re-election as President, to Dr. Joseph Kott on his re-election as Vice President, to Dr. Richard Lee as incoming Treasurer, and to John Eells as incoming Secretary of the Board of Directors of Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities. Appreciation to Michelle DeRobertis on concluding her successful four years as both Board Treasurer and Secretary. Congratulations to Dr. John Renne and John Duncan on their re-election to four-year terms and to Celia Chung on her election to a four-year term on the Board of Directors.

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Holiday Greetings from Transportation Choices

2015 TCSC Holiday Card.12.15

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Status of the ITE Committee in the June ITE Journal

Transportation Choices Principal Michelle DeRobertis started a committee of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in spring of 2014 to conduct a State of the Practice review of how cities and other agencies across the U.S. and Canada are considering Public Transit in traffic impact studies.

A status of the committee work to day was recently published in the ITE Journal in June 2015.

Read it here.

ITE CommitteeStatus-ITEJournal-June 2015


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On the Folly of Adding to Freeway Capacity

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joe Kott was interviewed recently for SF Streetsblog on a controversial proposal to add freeway capacity for cars on Highway 101 south of San Francisco in  suburban San Mateo County. The highway widening solution has a marked tendency to feed on itself, as Dr. Kott points out, in that after a great expenditure to “solve” traffic congestion it almost invariably leads to the appearance of even more cars. In turn this results in more car dependence and more auto traffic congestion, hence pressure for more highway widening!
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Richard W. Lee on Transportation Choices Board

Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Richard W. Lee’s election to the Board of Directors. Dr. Lee is a certified planner, transportation consultant and academic with a longstanding and wide-ranging interest in sustainable transport and human-scale cities. He has over 30 years of diverse experience in transportation and urban planning. His fundamental career aim is to integrate the best academic research into the practice of transportation planning. He holds a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning as well as master’s degrees in both city planning and civil engineering from the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and a BA (History) from Carleton College...

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The Emergence of Sustainable Transportation

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joseph Kott spoke about “The Emergence of Sustainable Transportation in America’s Communities” on April 30, 2015 at the 2015 Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Rohnert Park, CA.  Dr. Kott illustrated the variety and creativity of efforts to reduce automobile dependence in communities as diverse at New York City, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Portland, Oregon.

SEC Presentation.04.30.2015

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Transportation Choices 2014 Annual Report

Transportation Choices 2014 Annual Report

Dear Friends and Supporters of Transportation Choices,

Transportation Choices has had a successful year, one that included our being designated by the IRS as a 501c3 nonprofit for tax purposes. During the year conducted an important study of modal equity in San Francisco, co-authored an ITE Journal article on the need to make traffic impact studies truly multimodal, obtained a grant to support the distinguished journal, World Transport Policy and Practice, and made many presentations on sustainable transportation topics. These and other activities are highlighted in our 2014 Annual Report.

Please consider Transportation Choices in your end of year giving plans...
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Talk on Reforming Traffic Impact Analysis

Sandwich Symposium on Sustainable Transportation


Leveling the Playing Field for Sustainable Transportation: Reforming Traffic Impact Analysis to Support Mode Choice and Environmental Quality


Michelle DeRobertis, PE

Principal, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute


Noon – 1 PM, Friday, December 5, 2014


436 14th St.

Oakland, CA 94612

The Sandwich Symposium on Sustainable Transportation is co-sponsored by Transform and Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute. For more information, visit and


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