Announcing: Transport Oakland’s Policy Group

Transportation policy can be fun to watch, and critical to engage, but policy is always better with friends. Transport Oakland created the Transport Oakland Policy Group for this exact purpose. Whether you’re new to Oakland and want to learn about current events, or know Oakland well and want to learn how our transportation policy gets made, the Policy Group mailing list may be for you. Read more

More chances for City Budget feedback, can the bike plan contract pass PWC?, and BART Twitter town hall! 3 Things to Watch 5.22.17

3 Things to Watch 5.22.17

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’ve launched a regular series called “3 Things to Watch” to demystify 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 christopher@transportoakland.org.

#1: Only 2 City Budget Forums Left; Council President’s Draft Budget Coming Soon

What it is: The City’s budgeting process rolls on. There are still lots of opportunities to get involved before the budget is adopted at the end of June! Read more

Transport Oakland is seeking new board members

Building off early success, Transport Oakland seeks to expand its six-person Board of Directors. We are looking for people who are passionate about Oakland and have a working understanding of and interest in local transportation, politics, and/or fundraising. We especially encourage candidates who have experience working with or are part of Oakland communities underrepresented in transportation decisions and processes (e.g., low income communities, communities of color, neighborhoods outside of downtown, people with disabilities, etc.) and are seeking a wide range of ages, gender orientations, professional experiences, and preferred transportation modes.

If you are interested in learning more, please download our full posting, complete an application or contact Kenya Wheeler (kenya@transportoakland.org)

Transport Oakland’s Response to Mayor Schaaf’s Draft 2017-19 City Budget

Mayor Schaaf & Members of the Oakland City Council,

Transport Oakland is pleased to support the draft City budget released on April 28th, pending the adjustments promised by Mayor Schaaf at the May 2nd City Council meeting. Transport Oakland feels that the current draft budget reflects our platform of livability, vitality, sustainability, and equity for the City and its residents. The draft 2017-2019 budget seeks to make the best of a precarious budget situation, with a $32 million operating deficit and many departments being asked to tighten their belts.

Of special importance in this year’s budget is the funding of a fully-fledged Department of Transportation; it represents a promise kept to the voters of Oakland and a vehicle for timely delivery of the Measure KK infrastructure bond. The Oakland Department of Transportation, being funded largely from sources outside the General Fund, will have a minimal impact on the City’s budget deficit. Read more

City Budget, ride bikes with Ryan Russo, and why is the Oakland Bike Plan contract delayed again? 3 Things to Watch, May 2017

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’ve launched a regular series called “3 Things to Watch” to demystify 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 christopher@transportoakland.org.

#1: Draft City Budget & CIP are out for public review

What it is: On Friday, April 28th, Mayor Schaaf’s office released their draft for the 2017-19 Oakland City Budget and their draft of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. Read more