TransForum: What Will it Take to Revolutionize the Next Federal Transportation Bill?

From TransForm:

We Need a 21st Century Transportation System – Not More Highways

For the past fifty years, federal transportation policy and funding has focused almost entirely on building highways. Well, it’s time for a change – and we intend the next federal transportation bill to move boldly in a new direction and dramatically shift funds towards public transportation, smart growth, and repairing our aging roads and bridges rather than building more highways.  Join us for a lively TransForum that looks at how the federal transportation bill needs to change and how this can support world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area.  We will also cover what will happen with the campaign over the next months, including how the recent election factors in and how you can get involved.  Speakers will include: Shannon Tracey (the Transportation For America campaign coordinator in California); Carli Paine, TransForm’s transportation program director; Jessica Zenk, the Transportation Policy Director at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and Andy Thornley, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s program director (and TransForm Board President). TransForm is coordinating the Transportation For America campaign in California. The TransForum will include time at the end for networking over complimentary wine and snacks.


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The Case for Removing the 280 Freeway

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