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What Do the Two New BART Directors Need to Know?

The transit agency welcomed two new directors to its board Thursday. What should their priorities be?

Two new BART directors were sworn in Thursday at the agency’s HQ in Oakland. Zakhary Mallet, who represents District 7, said one of his priorities is to investigate the possibility of a new station that would serve San Pablo, Pinole and Hercules. The new District 3 rep, Rebecca Saltzman, said her top priority was to keep BART running smoothly, according to the Bay City News Service.

What would be your top priority for BART: bikes, parking, new lines, cleaner trains, more trains during commute times, safer stations, 24-hour service, or something else?

After Mallett and Saltzman were sworn in, the board elected director Tom Radulovich of San Francisco as its president and Joel Keller of Brentwood to be its new vice president.

Keller said BART needs to make sure it raises enough money to pay for its long-term capital needs, which he said are at least $7.5 billion.

He said one way to accomplish that goal is to get state leaders to lower the two-thirds threshold currently needed to pass bond measures that benefit transit agencies and other governmental entities.

"The two-thirds threshold is such a high burden that even balanced measures have a tough time passing," Keller said.

He said the threshold should be lowered to as low as 51 percent.

-Bay City News Service contributed to this report. 
 

Ellen Hershey December 22, 2012 at 06:24 AM
It's great that BART is now serving bicyclists, except that cars havoe not been retrofitted to accommodate them. As a result, bicyclists have no choice but to crowd near the doorways, obstructing other passengers trying to enter or exit trains, and taking up seats and space that are supposed to be reserved for seniors and people with disabilities. Come on, BART, we can do better. Create a realistic plan for accommodating bicyclists on board.
John Stashik December 22, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Don't forget about non-bikers on the trains. They needs seats too.
Eileen W December 24, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Where did you get his salary info? It is completely wrong and misleading. Bart mechanics make about $25/ hour to start. Over time their hourly rate goes up. Those at the upper steps make ~$35/ hour, typically after 20 or so years of repairing and maintaining trains. This adds up to an annual salary in the $50-80 k range.
D. Mehrten December 30, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Teach the operators to time announcements to moments when the train isn't shrieking. Keep the track grinder(s) in operation all the time; schedule that maintenance activity periodically instead of waiting for the public to get frustrated and have to petition just to get some sleep. Do more to keep panhandlers out of paid areas and especially off trains.
Emmy Swenson March 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I like your plan having stops along the way. Especially where there is space for parking like Hilltop Mall area. Hercules has been the problem since the 1980's. There are lots of undeveloped areas west of San Pablo Ave in Hercules. Could even have BART go on to Rodeo. We've paid into this since the 1980's. Extend from El Cerrito Del North. This should help their parking problems with BART too.

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