Fw: Seeking trainers for TALC's annual summit in April
----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 01/13/2005 10:56 AM -----
Transportation and Land Use Coalition
Got great training?
TALC's 8th Annual Summit will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Last year we
introduced a new feature that was a big hit with attendees: trainings for
activists. Trainings were offered on such topics as pedestrian advocacy,
starting a Safe Routes to School Program, smarter zoning, negotiating with
developers, and effective lobbying.
We're looking for organizations or individuals who would like to offer a
training at this year's Summit. There are several benefits of offering a
* You will help build the movement by increasing activists' skills
* You will be recognized as an expert in your field by our audience of
300 attendees, and featured in the program with your contact information
* Trainers get free admission and a free lunch
WHAT TO DO
Do you have a training you could offer? Do you know someone who does? If
so, please send a brief proposal (1-2 paragraphs) listing the name of your
organization, what the training would cover, and a brief summation of your
qualifications or experience. Email it to
or fax it to 510-740-3131 by Friday, January 21. Proposals will be reviewed
by TALC staff and we will get back to you by Friday, January 28.
Proposals that meet the following criteria are more likely to be accepted:
* Presenter/organization is experienced with and knowledgeable about
the subject matter
* Degree to which attendees are likely to benefit from a training on
* Degree to which the topic relates to one (or more) of the campaigns
in TALC's emerging strategic plan. The plan is still under development, but
a list of potential campaigns is included below.
LIST OF LIKELY CAMPAIGN TOPICS IN TALC'S EMERGING STRATEGIC PLAN
World Class Transportation
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): TALC will continue to push for projects that will
provide the fastest, lowest-cost way to dramatically improve the speed and
quality of public transit in our region. Desired outcome: The BRT,
“Enhanced Bus” and Express bus networks outlined in World Class Transit for
the Bay Area and Revolutionizing Bay Area Transit…on a Budget fully funded
Regional Rail: The Bay Area has a fragmented passenger rail network with
poor interconnectivity, making it difficult to travel through the region.
Desired outcome: An integrated network of rail throughout the Bay Area with
increased passenger rail service that attract 140,000 more daily riders by
2020 and has an effective high-speed rail connection to Southern California
Safe Routes: Today 23% of injuries are bicyclists and pedestrians yet only
1% of funding for safety projects goes to bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Desired outcome: Bicycling and walking so safe and convenient that trips by
walking and bicycling double by 2015.
Bay Bridge: Implement an equitable toll plan that reduces congestion and
increases transit use, additionally fund the West Span pathways, and
contains a lifeline toll that maintains the current price for low-income
New Revenue Sources: Innovative methods of raising funds need to be
explored including a regional gas user fee of up to 10 cents a gallon.
Desired outcome: New regional revenue sources that complete funding for
TALC’s World-Class Transportation and Shaping Growth visions.
Making people aware of their transportation options: No comprehensive
marketing is occurring for transit in the region. Desired outcome: Increase
the percentage of transit, walking, and bicycling, and increase public
awareness of the benefits of ecologically sound transportation alternatives
and how to use them.
Shaping Growth for Sustainability and Equity
Planning for Livable Communities / Think Regionally Act Locally: Transit
station areas represent our best hope for providing housing in walkable
communities near transit. Desired outcome: Future growth offers residents
attractive walkable communities, with housing affordable to people of all
Changing Framework for Growth / State and Regional Levers: While planning
and development are local issues, state laws and regional policies have a
significant impact in encouraging sprawl or smart growth. TALC will support
efforts of groups to reform state legislation supporting Smart Growth.
Performance Measures for Transit Expansion Funds: MTC is currently refining
a draft housing planning policy that would require cities to plan for
housing around stations and provides funds for station areas plans. Desired
outcome: One half of all future housing growth is in attractive walkable
communities, with housing affordable to people of all incomes.
Cultural Campaign for Compact Development: Proposed compact residential and
mixed use developments face NIMBY opposition from neighbors often based on
myths and misunderstandings. Desired outcome: Educate Bay Area residents
about the benefits compact development brings to an area, turning NIMBYs
The Bay Area transportation crisis is not just about traffic congestion. It
is a growing crisis for the over 2.3 million Bay Area residents who do not
own or drive a vehicle. Lifeline transportation service recognizes that
transportation is also a vital service for daily existence, especially for
low-income families who often have fewer transportation options than those
with greater means.
Lifeline Transportation Network: The Lifeline transportation Network would
result in more transportation services needed by low-income families, such
as more frequent buses, longer hours, shelters & seats, discount passes,
auto loan programs, child care shuttles for low-income families, and more.
Access to Health: Access to Health aims to bring together local residents,
health care providers and transit officials to work together towards
improving transportation access to medical care services in underserved
neighborhoods in the Bay Area.
Youth: Ensure that youth have affordable access to transit that meets their
Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
TALC is a partnership of over 90 groups working for a sustainable and
socially just Bay Area. We envision a region with healthy, walkable
communities that provide all residents with transportation choices and
affordable housing. The coalition analyzes county and regional policies,
works with community groups to develop alternatives, and coordinates
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