Category News&Updates

UC Berkeley Appointments

Transportation Choices Principals Dr. Richard W. Lee and Dr. Joseph Kott have been appointed to  the Multimodal Technical Advisory Committee for the Technology Transfer Program at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies.

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San Francisco Modal Equity Study

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We are pleased to present our report  “San Francisco Modal Equity Study” which
compares the existing mode splits in San Francisco with how much roadway
space is dedicated to each mode and also evaluates the maintenance costs
by revenue source.

Among other findings:

  • Parking lanes in San Francisco constitute 15 % of the paved roadway area, representing a real estate value of between $8 and $35 billion.
  • Parking  in San Francisco total 902 miles;  6 times the length of all the bike lanes (143).
  • 75% of all bike lane miles were built since 2000;
  • Bicycling constitutes 4% of the mode split but only 1.4 % of the roadway space is dedicated to bicycle lanes
  • There are 36 lane miles of dedicated transit lanes vs 211 lanes miles of freeway lanes
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Helen & William Mazer Foundation Grant

Transportation Choices has been awarded a grant from the Helen & William Mazer Foundation in the amount of £5,000 per year for three years. These funds will be passed through to the journal World Transport Policy & Practice to assist in their desktop publication expenses. World Transport Policy and Practice will acknowledge the support of Transportation Choices in each issue and provide space to promote any Transportation Choices workshop, symposium, or other activity.

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San Jose State Symposium Presentation

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Richard Lee gave a presentation on October 18th as a member of a panel moderated by Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joe Kott at the annual Fall Symposium of the Urban Planning Coalition, an extracurricular group organized by the graduate students within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The Symposium theme this year was “Millennials and Boomers: Planning for Changing Demographics in the Bay Area”. Dr. Lee and Dr. Kott were part of the panel on “Life Beyond Privately-Owned Cars: Exploring Alternative Transportation Options to Create Multi-generational Communities”.

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“Life Beyond Privately Owned Cars” Panel at San Jose State University Urban Planning Coalition Fall Symposium

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joe Kott will  moderate a panel entitled “Life Beyond Privately Owned Cars: Exploring Alternative Transportation Options to create multi-generational communities” at the San Jose State Urban Planning Coalition Fall Symposium. The Urban Planning Coalition is an extracurricular group organized by graduate students within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The Fall Symposium will take place on Saturday, October 18th, from 9 AM to 3 PM. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the San Jose State campus.

This year’s theme is entitled “Millennials and Boomers: Planning for Changing Demographics in the Bay Area”. For more information and to register, follow the link below:

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The Emergence of Sustainable Transportation

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joe Kott lectured on “The Emergence of Sustainable Transportation in America’s Communities” at San Jose State University’s Department of Environmental Studies Departmental Symposium on September 23rd.

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Leveling the Playing Field for Sustainable Transportation

On September 18, 2014, Michelle DeRobertis spoke at the  SF Bay Area ITE Lunch Meeting whose theme was “ Future Framework for Transportation in California”.  Michelle was asked to speak about future of Traffic / Transportation Studies.  The talk, titled Leveling the Playing Field for Sustainable Transportation, began by framing bad transportation choices to those of unhealthy food choices.  If your refrigerator and cupboards are only full of junk food, your family does not have any healthy food options and has no choice but to eat junk food. Similarly if the major streets in a community only accommodate automobiles, then citizens have no healthy transportation choices and are forced to drive (or  in the case of children and the elderly, be driven)...

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Transport Choices is now a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation

We are pleased to announce that  Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute has been granted non-profit 501(c)3 non-profit status by the IRS as a public charity.  As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, Transportation Choices now qualifies for foundation and other grant funding that requires this IRS status and all donations are tax exempt in accordance with IRS regulations.

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Presenting at ProWalk ProBike 2014 in Pittsburgh

Michelle DeRobertis’ proposal for a session at the ProWalk/ProBike/ProPlace conference in Pittsburgh PA in September has been accepted. The session is entitled: “Transportation Studies in the 21st Century” and continues on the theme of her recently published article in the ITE Journal “Changing The Paradigm Of Traffic Impact Studies: How Typical Traffic Studies Inhibit Sustainable Transportation”.

Michelle is very pleased to have three excellent speakers from three progressive cities on the panel to describe their city’s traffic study methodologies as well as the challenges these cities faced in incorporating the needs of sustainable modes into the Traffic Impact Studies and land development process: Peter Albert with the City of San Francisco CA,  David Thompson with the City of Boulder C...

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Transit Coordination and SPUR

On July 16, 2014 Michelle DeRobertis spoke at the SPUR Luncheon on the topic of Seamless Transit.  Michelle’s presentation highlighted the German concept of  public transit coordination agencies, called verkehsrverbund.

All major and medium-sized european cities have multiple transit providers, but what they have that we don’t have is an coordinating agency that is composed of transit agency representatives. The solution to transit fragementation in the Bay Area is coordination not consolidation.

Michelle also presented the same topic to SPUR’s transportation policy board that afternoon, where many members were familiar with verkehsrverbund, from their personal or profesional experiences in Germany.

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