A building developer is asking BART board member James Fang to recuse himself from an impending vote on a development project at the Millbrae station because of the director’s close ties to a rival bidder.
Last year, the BART board voted to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Justin Development Corporation regarding a proposal to build a hotel on two parcels of land owned by the transit agency near the Millbrae station. Read More
Two fresh faces will join the BART board of directors, including one newcomer who knocked off a two-term incumbent in a race that was heavily funded by building contractors. Read More
BART is one of the only transit agencies anywhere across the nation that ended its fiscal year with a budget surplus. This is a sign that the management and board that oversees it is working well to keep the trains on the track. Read More
Two incumbents with lengthy tenures will face a group of challengers for the right to represent San Francisco residents on BART’s board of directors in November’s election. Read More
Wiggle room on BART may be a little harder to come by during Friday’s commute, when the transit agency will start experimenting with allowing bikes on trains at all times.
BART currently bans bikes on certain lines during the busy weekday commute hours. However, the agency is embarking upon an ambitious policy to increase cyclists’ access, and during August bikes will be allowed onboard all day Fridays. Read More
BART has hired a mental health liaison to advise its police force, less than a year after officers fatally shot a transient man at the Civic Center station. Read More
Billboards on BART property could generate up to $10 million a year for the agency, but it’s unknown where the massive advertising signs would be allowed in the region.The advertising firm Allvision has approached BART about adding billboards to the agency’s right-of-way property, which includes areas along highways, maintenance yards, and transit stations. Read More
Population growth in the East Bay is shifting BART voting districts away from San Francisco, but board members from The City said the new alignments won’t have a major impact in the next elections.BART is one of just three transit agencies in the country to have a publicly elected board of directors. Today that body will review proposed changes to the nine representative districts affected by population shifts recorded in the 2010 census. Read More
More than one month after BART spokesman Linton Johnson went on personal leave following internal and external criticism of his actions, he isn’t yet back on the job and agency officials will not discuss his possible return.
Members of the Web activist collective Anonymous targeted Johnson for apparently advocating the disruption of BART cellphone service to quell a planned protest of the agency’s July 3 shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill. Read More
BART will begin holding public meetings next month to discuss upcoming changes to its 9 political districts.BART is one of the few transit agencies in the country to have a publicly elected board of directors, each of whom represents a specific district in the Bay Area. Three of those members — Tom Radulovich, James Fang and Lynette Sweet — represent portions of San Francisco. Read More