BART needs to increase accountability, ridership and the BART Police Department needs serious reform.
- Accountability – Inflated salaries, over-budget projects, waste and inefficiencies must end now. The BART board needs representation from people with proven leadership and experience. Without representatives having project management/engineering/government contracting experience, it is not surprising the BART Board lost $70 million in funding. I have worked in the engineering industry and understand and have experience of how these projects need to be managed.
- Increased Ridership – Service improvements, reduced fares, and safety are critical to increasing ridership. I’ll focus on maintaining fares low and retaining programs for seniors and students.
- Police Reform – I’ll demand a complete overhaul of the BART Police Department including mandatory training, restructuring and cultural sensitivity training. BART officers must treat all communities with dignity and respect. Our community interests are not being heard.
BART must be accessible, accountable and safe for all riders.
As a resident of Oakland’s Fruitvale District, I see how the development of the Fruitvale Transit Village has made a positive transformation in our community. I will work to ensure the development of transit villages around all our BART stations.