Transport Oakland Endorsement Meeting

Thursday, September 13 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location given upon RSVP

Endorsement season is upon us and we need you to help Transport Oakland decide which candidates to support! At our September 13th Board Meeting, we will be deciding who to endorse in November. Transport Oakland Board members and volunteers who conducted endorsement interviews will provide recommendations to the group, with discussion and a vote following.

Everyone is welcome to listen and participate in the discussion! However, only those who are on the Board, participated in an endorsement committee, OR have attended at least two Transport Oakland meetings earlier this year will be able to vote. We want to hear everyone’s voice and opinion in the endorsement process.

5:30pm — Socializing with light food
6:30pm — Endorsement Board Meeting

Help us decide who to support in the fight for better transportation in Oakland!

Who should TO support in November?

As the 2018 Mayoral and City Council campaigns heat up, Transport Oakland is working to identify and endorse candidates who support the organization’s commitment to transportation policies that bring livability, vitality, sustainability, and equity to Oakland.

We are forming endorsement committees for the Oakland Mayoral, City Council, BART, and AC Transit races. We need members who live in these districts or who want to get involved in these races to join a endorsement committee and help us select candidates.

Here’s what endorsement committee members will get to do:

Endorsement Process Dates
Review Candidate Answers to TO Questionnaire Week of August 20
Interview Candidates Weeks of August 20th, 27th, and September 3rd
Participate in deliberations with Transport Oakland Board members and supporters to decide who to endorse Week of September 3rd

Sign up for an endorsement committee here

Transport Oakland will directly support endorsed candidates during the Fall election by showing up for candidate field events, including canvassing and phone banking. Let’s show candidates who share our mobility values that Transport Oakland will support them with our most valuable contribution: our time.

OakDOT Turns 2! Celebrate with TO & EBFE

OakDOT Turns 2 – Time to Party!

Telegraph Beer Garden (2318 Telegraph Ave) on June 13th, 5-7 PM

Transport Oakland and East Bay for Everyone invites you to join us, Mayor Libby Schaaf, and OakDOT Director Ryan Russo in celebrating the first two years of the Oakland Department of Transportation. While all are welcome, capacity is limited, so please RSVP (it also lets us know much cake to get!).

With all that the Oakland Department of Transportation has accomplished, it’s hard to believe OakDOT is still in their toddler years. And with funding from the Measure KK infrastructure bond beginning to roll in, better streets and transportation in Oakland is only just getting started.

We hope to see you there. Let’s raise a toast to OakDOT and get ready for all the great things to come in year 3.

Transport Oakland NextGen meeting next Monday, 5/21

Join us at 6:00PM on 5/21 and be a part of Transport Oakland’s future

Transport Oakland invites all interested supporters to attend a meeting on Monday, May 21st from 6-8PM at the offices of Toole Design Group (1635 Broadway, Suite 200). You can find our meeting’s agenda here.

We are seeking a new board that can champion great transportation and policy in Oakland, and all are welcome. We want any new board for TO to make the organization their own and accomplish great things we would have never even imagined. At Monday’s meeting, we’ll cover how Transport Oakland’s board has worked in the past, what available resources our organization has for a new board, and brainstorm what the next generation of Transport Oakland would look like.

If you plan to attend, please contact or – you’ll need to contact us to get the access code to the building. Food and drink will be provided.

Thanks for reading and thank you for continuing to support great transportation in a great city.

Transport Oakland statement on the City Strike

Mayor Schaaf and Members of the Oakland City Council,

Transport Oakland is gravely concerned with the progress of labor contract negotiation with City unions. Our vision is to achieve transportation infrastructure and policy that brings livability, vitality, sustainability, and equity to Oakland – a vision that is placed further in jeopardy the longer an impasse remains between the City and its unions.

While both sides have marshaled their respective statements, studies, and statistics, it can be hard to sift out the truth of Oakland’s financial status. We are not able to definitively declare one side wrong and the other right (we’re experts in transportation policy, not public administration, after all). But we do want to suggest the following  principles to guide continued negotiations:

  • Oakland’s elected leadership must continually pursue a more equitable city, both for its residents and its workers.
  • A strong, talented, motivated workforce is the lifeblood of a high-functioning government
  • Oakland cannot recruit and retain this type of workforce if it does not pay enough for workers to live in a city that is getting more expensive by the day.
  • The City must reform the temporary/part time (TPT) worker system, even if the costs associated with its reform require painful trade-offs on all sides; it’s the right thing to do for the City’s most vulnerable employees.
  • All sides must agree to solutions that respect the trust given by the taxpayers of Oakland; any agreement must be sustainable in the near, medium, and long term. A short-term “win” for either side is not helpful if it simply sets up another budgetary crisis in a few years.

With this in mind, we ask that all sides return to the bargaining table to negotiate in good faith and work collectively to identify creative solutions to secure a contract agreement. Any deal struck between the City and its unions may not resolve every important contract issue; we request a proactive plan be put in place for dialogue to address and fund those sticking points in the upcoming months…well ahead of the next negotiations.

Negotiations in good faith means both sides must be willing to set aside rhetoric and get down to the hard work of identifying and agreeing upon the necessary trade-offs and consequences of every budget decision. Areas most in need of reform (such as the temporary/part time worker system, or reforming OPD’s abuse of overtime) have the potential to inflict the most pain when being rectified; united action and shared sacrifices will be necessary to see such long-overdue reform through.

We implore the City and unions to return to the negotiating table to forge a deal that treats workers fairly, advances equity within the City, and creates a sustainable path forward for future labor agreements.


Transport Oakland

Liz Brisson, President

Michael Schwartz, Vice President

Christopher Kidd, Secretary

Kenya Wheeler

Rachel Berger

Dispatches from the 5/24 AC Transit Board Meetings

(Editor’s note – many thanks to Transport Oakland super-volunteer Luke Kosar for attending the May 24th AC Transit Board of Director’s meeting and writing up this great recap of the meeting. Thanks Luke!)

BRT Updates, Electric Buses, and Service Changes

With the issue of supplemental school service to the Oakland Hills resolved for now, the A.C. Transit Board of Directors tackled many delayed items during their May 24th board meeting.

First, they quickly moved to accept several reports on items ranging from travel expenses and investment returns, to profits from surplus equipment liquidation. They also approved the purchase of five battery-electric buses for $4 million, $2.3 million of which will come from a federal zero-emissions transit grant. The new buses and charging technology will come from Gillig, a manufacturer based in Livermore. Read more

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

#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 (

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