Transport Oakland consistently self-identifies as “a bunch of transportation nerds”. We use the word “nerd” across our communications, and at our very first victory party, Mayor-Elect Schaaf proclaimed to our cheering volunteers that “the nerds [had] won.” Why are we drawn to this word, and what does it say about us that we may not intend?
Transport Oakland is committed to shining a light on all the transportation-related things going on in Oakland and the East Bay. We recognize that it’s hard to keep up with all the agendas, PDFs, and arcane terminology. To that end, we’re launching a new regular series called “3 Things to Watch”. We’ll demystify what’s going on in the transportation world and let you know how you can make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Tips for future 3 Things to Watch items should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#1: A successful OakDOT starts with a good City budget
In the first two months of 2017 Transport Oakland participated in an Infrastructure Bond Working Group, convened by the Mayor’s Office, along with representatives from over 30 community and business organizations. Over three meetings the group tried to tackle the hard question: How do we measure Equity, Mobility, and Resiliency when investing the $600 million raised by Measure KK (aka the iBond) over the next ten years? And how does that translate into actual projects that go into the City’s Capital Improvement Plan – aka the CIP?
So we Passed the iBond – What’s Next?
The national search for Oakland’s first permanent director for the Department of Transportation has come to a close. Transport Oakland is thrilled to welcome Ryan Russo to Oakland and see the City take this important step towards a fully functional Department of Transportation. Read more